Unit SD53


SD53 Unit Chair – Charlene Turnbull

My name is Charlene Turnbull, and I am the Unit Chair for School District 53, I also have been a CEA for the past 18 years. School District 53 is in the Okanagan Similkameen area, we are a rural School District serving the communities from Hedley, Olalla, Keremeos, Cawston, Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. We also represent three First Nations Including Okanagan Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band and Upper Similkameen Indian Band. We have over 200 CUPE Support Staff.  Our District Serves approximately 2400 students from early Learners to Grade 12.

I have been in the Unit Chair Role for the past 4 years and I take pride in helping Support Staff with situations that occur. I also work closely with the District on problem solving and coming up with solutions. I take my role seriously and I fight for workers rights. I also am the President of the Okanagan District Council, which is Southern Interior District council, I have been involved with the Council for the past 6 years, I am proud to be the president, it is rewarding and a great way to learn from other sectors. I currently also sit as a Trustee for the K-12 presidents council which I am a member of.

I want to thank you all for trusting me as Unit Chair and I will continue to work on being an advocate for all support staff.

Any Questions please Contact me at 250-485-7302 or email unit53@cupe523.com    

Employer: Okanagan Similkameen (School District #53)

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School District 53 CUPE members Ratification Vote
Collective Agreement June 2022-2025yr.

On Dec 9,2022 ratification vote took place, I am here to tell you that the Ratification vote for our new Collective Agreement for June 2022-2025 has passed with 74% in favor!

I am excited to share with you all what was bargained in this round of bargaining.
Attached (below) is a document with the main points from the new agreement, as well as the pay grid scale from the Provincial Framework Agreement pay increases.
Also, the union is hoping that Retro pay will be given in the beginning of the year 2023!
If you have questions about our new contract, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a wonderful Holiday and I hope the best for you and your family!!

SD53 Bargaining Results 2022
Wage Grid SD53

Charlene Turnbull
Unit Chair SD53


SD53 Members – Ratification vote took place on Friday Dec.9th

There were three time slots to come listen to the presentation and vote.

The vote on the tentative agreement has passed.

Thank you everyone who came out today.
Charlene Turnbull, Sd53 Unit Chair will work on a correspondence to members of SD53 and send that out to your personal emails soon.

SD53 members on your new collective agreement.

A tentative agreement has been reached
between the SD53 bargaining team

(Employer and the Union team)

What does this mean?

SD53 Members will be invited to a unit ratification meeting to vote on the tentative agreement. (details below).

– This meeting is for ALL School District 53 support staff.

– Just a heads up that the new contract cannot and will not be printed before the ratification. The ratification vote needs to pass before the new contract can be done. This process will be explained to all at the ratification meeting.

– The details of the tentative agreement will not be discussed before the meeting as the Bargaining/Negotiations team need to uphold the confidentiality piece. Thank you all for your understanding on this.


Friday December 9th
in Oliver at the Annex Building, 6161 Okanagan Street, Oliver

Times for the meeting:
(You only need to attend one of the following meeting times).

10:00am – 12:00 Noon – Time Slot One

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Time Slot Two

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Time Slot Three

(Each of these meetings will be the same. Come listen to the changes, questions and answer period, and then vote on the changes.) Even though the ratification vote is through the work day, please do not leave work to come, please come when you are not working.

This is an in person meeting only and you need to be at the meeting to vote. This vote will be a secret ballot vote. The tentative agreement will not be shared electronically before the ratification day. You need to be at the in person meeting to see the tentative agreement and to vote. Results of the vote will be advertised after all the meetings are done. Again you must be there to vote.

Thank you to the SD53 Bargaining/Negotiations team for all your hard work. A reminder the team for SD53 are as follows: Unit Chair – Charlene Turnbull, Shop Steward – Melanie Harriman, Local 523 Secretary Treasurer – Kyle Clark, Local 523 President – Tammy Carter.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and please bring your collogues and friends to vote on this tentative agreement.