New Business Operations Assistant

It is CUPE 387’s pleasure to announce that Lisa Kvam is the successful candidate for the regular part-time Business Operations Assistant position.

This position reports to the Business Agent and has been established to provide clerical support in the Union office and includes bookkeeping and financial reporting tasks along with the administration of the short term sick leave plan.

Some of you may already be familiar with Lisa since she has been with the City on and off since 1995. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise amassed during her years in various full-time clerical positions in Engineering Operations, Police Services, and Parks, Culture and Recreation and as an auxiliary clerk providing support to a multitude of departments with her most recent assignment being the Elections Assistant in Legislative Services.

Prior to her start with the City, Lisa was employed as a Supervisor at Vancouver General Hospital where she coordinated the efforts of dozens of staff and provided patients with nutritional guidance. Lisa’s experience is complimented by her service at one of the world’s largest financial institutions – as an Information Security Consultant she was engaged in projects and working with teams that spanned the globe and wound up her time there as the Physical Security and Incident Response Support Manager. Lisa has supplemented her Food Service Technology diploma with courses in bookkeeping, the Microsoft Office Suite of products, various operating systems and audit training.

Lisa started the week of April 8, 2019 and can be reached by phone at 604-520-5644 or email at cupeoffice@telus.net. She will be operating out of the front office at 107 – 258 Sixth St from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 3:30 pm, so please stop by and say hello!

Introduction to Stewarding Course

CUPE 387 is offering an introduction to stewarding course in May. If you’ve ever wondered what’s involved in being a shop steward, come and find out at this two day course.

 

Date: May 14 and 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Centennial Community Centre, 65 E Sixth Ave, New Westminster

 

Contact CUPE 387 Office for more details and availability.

 

2019 Elections

Welcome to your new executive for 2019 to 2020. At the General Meeting on Tuesday, March 26, the following members were elected or re-elected.

Vice President

Nancy Jickels

Recording Secretary

Kathy McLeod

Executive Directors

Michelle Edwardson
Jordan Pink
Mike Taddei

Trustees

Marco Baldissera
Nic Correia

Here is the complete list of your Executive.

Short Term Sick Plan AGM

 CUPE 387 Short Term Sick Leave Plan will hold its Annual General Meeting on:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.

New Westminster City Hall, in the Engineering Boardroom

Elections of Sick Plan trustees and a discussion of rebates will be held. See the full agenda HERE.

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Annual General Meeting 2019

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE, MAKE YOURSELF HEARD 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

5:00 pm

Centennial Community Centre – Room 1

65 East 6th Avenue

New Westminster, BC

 

Elections

Make yourself heard at the annual general meeting in March. Executive board elections will be held and now is the time to come to the meeting and vote for who you would like to represent you for the coming year.

More Information

Nominations

Consider also running for a position on the executive and help direct the course of CUPE387.

The nominations form is available here.

Completed nomination forms should be returned to the CUPE 387 office by March 25th, 2019.

They can be submitted by fax at 604-520-0278 or scanned copies can be emailed to cupe387@telus.net.

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The Working Mind

CUPE 387 is pleased the City of New Westminster is showing its dedication to the health and wellness of its employees with its new mental health training and awareness program.

The Working Mind is offered in a partnership between the City, CUPE Local 387 and IBEW Local 213 and will begin in January 2019.

The program is designed to promote mental health literacy in the workplace, dispel the myths of mental health problems and reduce associated stigma by providing an overview of mental health as a continuum. For managers and supervisors, the program will also include learning about:

  • observing changes in employees along the continuum;
  • communicating with employees experiencing illness in a proactive, supportive manner; and
  • taking appropriate actions, including workplace accommodations and return to work.

Phase I of The Working Mind will begin in January 2019 with the training of Supervisors and Managers. In February 2019, Phase II training will begin for all full-time regular, part-time regular and auxiliary employees and will continue into the following year. The Working Mind sessions will be delivered by internal facilitators from the NW Police Department’s Mental Health Unit who are certified with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

The implementation of the program follows over two years of discussions between the Union and the City about the importance of mental health awareness in the workplace (see post Mental Health in the Workplace from March 10, 2018). The Union continues its endeavors to make the workplace safe both physically and psychologically.

Children’s Christmas Party

The annual Children’s Christmas party is for all New Westminster City staff and is a fun time for everyone. It includes breakfast, crafts for the children, entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa.

When:
Sunday, December 16, 2018
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:
Queensborough Community Centre
920 Ewen Avenue

Please RSVP by Nov 30 to Kelly Flello
604-526-4691, kflello@newwestcity.ca

Please include:
• Name, age and gender of all children attending
• Number of parents/guardians attending

Children older than 10 years and grandchildren are welcome but will not be eligible for a gift from Santa.
You are welcome to bring a gift to have Santa hand out to a child who is not eligible.

Retirement Planning

RetirementIf you’re thinking of retiring in the next few years, taking a workshop will help with your planning and decision making. CUPE offers 3 day workshops and several are scheduled for the Lower Mainland this fall.

The next closest workshop is in Burnaby from December 6 to 8 from 9am to 4pm each day. There is a charge which includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is accepted online. For complete information, check out the schedule of workshops.