CUPE Local 7575 represents approximately 800 Permanent and 200 Temporary/Casual Educational and Instructional Assistants employed by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB). Educational and Instructional Assistants (EAs/IAs) are school board education workers who help to deliver programs in the elementary, secondary or alternative education programs. We play an increasingly vital role in today’s classroom as we support individual students or groups of students with medical, physical, behavioural, or communication exceptionalities.
Our positions throughout the years, have grown and changed as much as the students we service. We are proud to be a part of the TVDSB team by assisting each student reach their full potential every day.
What’s Happening at CUPE 7575
NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
APRIL 19, 2017
426 THIRD ST LONDON, ON
March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD).
Across the country, CUPE members are participating in community events celebrating women’s activism and reaffirming our commitment to gender justice. And this year, CUPEmembers and women around the world have a very clear message: Not one step back.
Recent events in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world demand that we remain vigilant and continue to resist all forms of oppression. We are witnessing an increase in hate crimes, and we know that women marginalized by racism, colonialism, ableism and homo/transphobia are disproportionately affected.
The Trudeau Liberal government presents itself as feminist, but it drags its heels on the actual issues that women care about, including pay equity, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and others. The Trudeau government’s actions on health care and child care fall far short of what’s needed. And while the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan is a big win, the omission of caregiver and disability “dropouts” from the calculation is a form of pay discrimination that mostly hurts women.
Take action: Not one step back
CUPE has joined a campaign by the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and over 100 other organizations calling on the federal government to Step Up for Women’s Equality. CUPE encourages members to write their MP, tell friends about the campaign and join on social media, using #StepUp4WomenCA.
CUPE’s new poster for IWD features the militancy and leadership of marginalized women. The poster shows women from different communities united and advancing together in the fight for gender justice and declares, “not one step back.”
- Download your poster today! You can use these at union, workplace and community events.
- Take a photo of yourself with the CUPE IWD poster and use social media to say what you want the federal government to do.
Check out these additional resources:
- CUPE recommendations on federal pay equity
- Fact sheets and campaigns on child care and health care (cupe.ca/issues-research)
- Bargaining tools on domestic violence, harassment and other gender issues
- CUPE violence prevention kit
- A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women
On International Women’s Day, we declare “not one step back.” And we commit to regaining ground on justice for all women.
This was the spirit on January 21 when over four million people marched for women’s rights in the U.S., with hundreds of thousands more marching around the world.
We vow to keep marching. Not one step back.
CUPE education workers ratify contract extension in votes across Ontario
In votes held across Ontario, education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have ratified a contract extension that settles central and local agreements until August 31, 2019. The deal was reached with the province of Ontario and the Council of Trustee Associations (CTA) in late December. The agreement was ratified by a majority of members and a majority of CUPE’s 110 participating bargaining units in the sector.
“Our members have been very frustrated for some time that their wages have fallen behind in successive rounds of negotiations,” said Terri Preston, chair of CUPE’s central bargaining committee. “This extension agreement goes some way toward reinvesting back into the system and into the wages of the lowest paid workers in Ontario’s education sector.”
The deal includes 4 per cent in wage increases spread over the life of the agreement, and an inflationary increase to the benefits trust that was bargained in the previous round of talks. Crucially, it also includes a significant investment in the areas of special education, early childhood education, clerical and custodial work. This will help to maintain positions in some areas where boards have made harmful cuts. The deal also includes some funding for apprenticeships and professional development.
Some of the funding allocated will be used to add 3 per cent to existing “community use of schools” funds. “CUPE members want to help turn schools into community hubs,” added Preston. “When schools are well used by community groups and our members are keeping them clean and safe, it’s huge benefit to everyone.”
“Our members have been objecting for years to cuts to staff positions necessary to adequately support students,” said Jim Morrison, staff coordinator for the education sector in Ontario. “CUPE members are the backbone of every school – keeping schools clean and safe, and supporting the most vulnerable kids in the system. This deal starts to re-invest in some of those positions.”
CUPE represents 55,000 workers in the education sector, across all four school board systems (English and French, Catholic and public), including educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians, tradespeople, school administrators, payroll and IT clerks, library technicians and more.
Healing Hearts and I would like to invite you to a showing of Paper Tigers, a documentary that sheds light on the very real crisis within schools, where lack of support in the home, abuse, and dysfunction affect both the child’s learning opportunities as well as impacting the environment within the school. Paper Tigers reveals one school’s challenges with violence and poor success rates, and how they turned it around by addressing each child’s trauma and emotional issues, rather than focusing on the behaviour itself. They had outstanding results.
Special THANKS to all the Educational and Instructional Assistants who donated socks at our recent ratification vote. You donated 90 pairs of new socks! The socks were delivered to the Zahaawanong Shelter on your behalf.
Zhaawanong means “South” in the Ojibwe language. This direction means warmth, change, nurturance and renewal – qualities we promote in the shelter.
Operating since June, 1992, the shelter offers a 24 hour emergency shelter for First Nation women and their children who are at high risk of further abuse in the family home. They provide: safety, protection and shelter, (up to 42 days), in a supportive healing environment; intervention and wholistic crisis counselling (group or individual), for women and their children; traditional healing circles for women and children; an understanding of the cycle of violence; promotion of health and wellness and prevention of family violence; emergency transportation; and referral and advocacy, while they are in transition.
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OTIP Partnership Program
CUPE 7575 has entered into a partnership with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP). This partnership will allow the unit to share information with the membership directly from OTIP. We will also be able to offer retiree benefit workshops. Through this partnership we now have access to the Edvantage Program, which provides great rewards and discounts to education employees and their families throughout Ontario.
OTIP is a not-for-profit organization, specializing in providing insurance solutions for the education community. For almost 40 years, OTIP has provided the education community with unique insurance products and services such as home, auto, life and retiree benefits.
We look forward to developing this relationship with OTIP in order to continue to serve the membership.
Check out the OTIP Home and Auto Insurance Quotes http://www.otip.com/CUPE7575
CUPE 4222 AND 7575 GIVE BACK
TO THE ADELAIDE SOUP BOWL IN WOODSTOCK
CUPE Presidents, some executive and members plus student volunteers from the TVDSB Alternative Education Centre served up to 70 attendees at the Adelaide Soup Bowl in Woodstock. For the second week in April the union Education Workers gave up their desk jobs to purchase, prepare, serve and clean-up at the Soup Kitchen. CUPE members are known for giving back to their communities, and this is just one more example. Serving those who need to access the soup kitchen just to have a warm filling meal gives us a look at how blessed we are to have good jobs and a membership that supports giving back to others. This is an amazing opportunity.
OSBCC Bargaining Update No 21 October15 – confidential to members
SCHOOL BOARD SECTOR
The Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee unites 55,000 school board workers in the public, Catholic, English and French school systems across the province.We are the backbone of the education system and include education assistants, school library workers, administrative assistants, custodians and tradespeople, early childhood educators, instructors, nutrition service workers, school safety monitors and social workers, in schools and board offices.
OSBCC allows education workers from across the province to share information and strategies for bargaining, and to discuss issues and policies of concern. We help locals fight contracting out and defend public education in the face of budget cuts.