Reminder: General Meeting March 9

Dear Members,

Just a reminder to everyone, that we have a General Meeting next Wednesday at 7pm via zoom. Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
After almost 6 years, our Recording Secretary, Amanda Irving, is stepping down to focus on her career which has advanced and flourished. Thank you to all the hard work she has done for the local and myself, she has done an amazing job and these are huge shoes to fill.
This opens up the term of the Recording Secretary for election. Term to be filled till November 2023. I will be accepting nominations via email at president@cupe374.ca until 5pm March 9th. If we do not fill the position, someone will be appointed until the next General Meeting. Duties are included below.
If you haven’t already subscribed to our mailing list and would like to receive Union Bulletins and Updates, please subscribe here. If you have any questions, please contact your unit VP.

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Reminder: Annual General Meeting November 24

Dear Members,

This is a reminder that our AGM will take place Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Please register for the meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Elections:
    • Treasurer (3 Year Term)
    • Trustee (3 Year Term)
  • Housekeeping Updates to Bylaws

If you are interested in running for either the Treasurer or Trustee position, please have another member email president@cupe374.ca with the subject line “Treasurer Nomination” or “Trustee Nomination”. Nominations will be accepted until 4pm, Friday, November 19th, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact your unit VP.

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Dues Increase Results

September 24, 2021

Dear Members,

Thank you to all the members that took the time to come to our Special Meeting, Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The motion to increase the dues was voted on. The results were 57% in favour and 43% not in favour.

According to our National Constitution it requires a majority vote (50%+1) of members in attendance to make any changes to member’s dues. However, upon reviewing Local 374 Bylaws we are in contradiction of the Constitution requiring a 2/3’s vote of members in attendance to make any amendments to our Bylaws. The Executive has not put forward an amendment to that article when reviewing Bylaws.

The Local will need to amend that article in future reviews of the Bylaws. Given that we have not put it forward to the membership, the Executive is upholding the current article and requiring a 2/3’s vote (of members in attendance) to pass the motion to increase the union dues.

Therefore, the motion put forward to the membership on Wednesday, is defeated. Union Dues will not increase at this time. We will discuss going forward.

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General Membership Meeting Bulletin

September 2, 2021

Dear Members,

Just a reminder that our next General Membership Meeting will be Wednesday, September 22,
2021.

We will hold the Special Meeting that was postponed first at 6:30pm then follow with regular
Union Business in the General Membership Meeting.

Register for the meeting here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the
meeting.

An agenda package will be sent out to all registered participants before the meeting day.

If you have any questions, please contact your Unit VP or email us at admin@cupe374.ca.

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Local Trustee Interim Vacancy

RE: Local Trustee Interim Vacancy 

July 6, 2021 

Dear Members, 

We have recently had a vacancy in one of our Trustee Positions. There is one (1) year left on the term and the Local needs to complete an audit before the next General Meeting. 

We are calling for nominations from all units. Any member is eligible. The audit will take place before the end of September over two (2) days in the Local’s office. You will be booked-off of work for the time. 

Duties of a Trustee: 

The Trustees shall act as an auditing committee on behalf of the members and audit the books and accounts of the Treasurer and Recording Secretary, and the Committees at least once every calendar year. 

Please send all nominations to admin@cupe374.ca with the subject line “Trustee Nomination”. Please include name, employer and contact for member. If you are interested in filling the position, please have another member nominate you. 

If you have any questions, please direct them through your unit VP. 

Thank you. 

In Solidarity, 

Shireen Clark 

President, CUPE Local 374 

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Call for Nominations: CUPE BC Committees 2021–2023 Term

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

CUPE BC COMMITTEES | 2021-2023 TERM

Dear members,

This message is to announce that CUPE BC is now accepting nominations online for all 21 committees for the 2021-2023 term.

PROCESS CHANGE:

Please note that the 2022-2023 committee nomination process is slightly different than previous years. The nomination process has been revised to bring it into closer alignment with CUPE National processes. In addition, we are asking nominees (applicants) to submit their own nominations, which will allow us to capture information to help build more inclusive committees.

APPLICATION:

At this time, we are asking nominees to complete the form themselves (not nominators: Locals or District Councils) and to self-identify as members of any equity-seeking groups. If you are a nominator completing the form online on behalf of the nominee, please consult and obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting the form.

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Submission Deadline:  Monday, July 5, 2021 (end of day)

COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE | COMMITTEE STRUCTURE CRITERIA

Please click here to view the Terms of Reference for all 21 CUPE BC Committees.  Kindly note that certain CUPE BC Committees have specific appointment criteria, as outlined below:

Pensions Committee

Members are appointed by the Executive Board and should whenever possible include a retiree, a young worker and a non-municipal pension plan member.

Political Action Committee

All Committee members must maintain membership in the New Democratic Party throughout the term of the committee, failure to do so may result in the removal from the committee by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Young Workers Committee

With the exception of the Chairperson appointed by the Executive Board, Members of the committee should be 30 years of age or younger.

Transportation Committee

A member shall be appointed by the Executive Board whenever possible from the airline sector.

Universities & Colleges Committees

Members of both the Colleges and/or Universities Committees must be Presidents of their CUPE Locals.  If you are a President of a CUPE Local at a BC Post-Secondary Institution, we still ask that you complete the online nomination form to ensure we have your current contact information.

Should you have any questions with regards to the CUPE BC Committee Call for Nominations, please contact the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

Upcoming Union Dues Survey

RE: Upcoming Union Dues Survey 

April 23, 2021

Dear Members, 

We are conducting a survey and informing members about the Local structure and costs with relation to Union Dues.

Did you know that your Union Dues are a tax deduction? On the average income, without any extra contributions or deductions, it can be the difference from paying taxes or getting a refund.

Example: Member with no extra deductions, a basic T4 with 1.75% dues rate. 

Total Wages: $ 58,294 $ 58,294

Union Dues: $ 1,015 $ 0

Balance due/(refund): ($154) $ 132

Our next General Meeting is scheduled for May 12th, 2021 at 7:00pm. 

Register in advance for this meeting: visit www.cupe374.ca.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If it is determined to process a vote for a Union Dues increase, the special meeting will be announced at the General Meeting with a minimum of 7 days notice as per the Bylaws. You will need to attend the Special Meeting to be able to vote.

To participate in the Survey, please visit www.cupe374.ca to subscribe. The Survey will be open until Friday, May 7th.

If you have any questions, please ask your Unit VP, or call 250 472 0374.

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Annual CUPE 374 Dependent Scholarship – Call for Applications

CUPE 374 SCHOLARSHIP 

We offer four (4) $500 scholarships that are drawn lottery style each year for dependents of Local 374 members. 

To qualify you must meet the following requirements: 

• Be a dependent of a current member of Local 374. 

• Applied for a post-secondary program. 

• Submit an application form. 

You must be able to provide proof of registration in the program before funds will be disbursed. Funds will be disbursed in September. 

Only email applications will be accepted at this time. 

Please submit application as follows: 

Email: admin@cupe374.ca 

Subject: CUPE 374 Scholarship Application 

Deadline: June 4th, 2021 

Questions: 

Please contact your Unit Vice President or call 250 472 0374. 

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Upcoming Union Dues Survey

RE: Upcoming Union Dues Survey 

April 8, 2021

Dear Members, 

We will be conducting a survey via Survey Monkey regarding Union Dues. Last year before the pandemic, a dues increase was on the General Meeting Agenda. This discussion now needs to be addressed. A survey with options will be sent out for membership input before any vote is scheduled.

Only members that have subscribed to receive union updates and bulletins will receive the survey link. If you have not already subscribed, please do so now subscribe here. If you have any questions, please address them to your unit VP.

Thank you.

In Solidarity,

Shireen Clark

President, CUPE Local 374

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Bulletin: 2021 General Meeting Schedule

 RE: 2021 General Meeting Schedule 

January 15, 2021 

Dear Members, 

Happy New Year everyone! As we settle into another year, we are adapting to a new way of doing business. Until we are able to meet again in person, all meetings will be held via zoom. Votes that were held in December for 6 of the units had notifications sent to work email addresses. This was a one-time occasion to be able to contact as many members as possible in a short time span. 

Going forward, all union bulletins, links and voting information will be sent through the sign-up portal online. If you haven’t already subscribed, please subscribe at www.cupe374.ca. 

We have scheduled 4 General Meetings for the year. They will all be on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm. You can register in advance by clicking on the links below or visiting our website. Reminders will be sent out closer to the meeting date. Agendas and any information for the meeting will be emailed out the day of the meeting or sooner for members to have and view along during the meeting. 

Register in advance for the 2021 General Meetings: 

When: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdeCorTsoGNKZAnLvn4D_d197181y3wzO 

When: May 12, 2021 07:00 PM 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsd-moqzgrHdYb1mACY9QsWbmB1IPLG7Us 

When: Sep 22, 2021 07:00 PM 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcumrrTgoGdNRAwNkJtkeRBXgKf6B4z7v 

When: Nov 24, 2021 07:00 PM 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldOmrqT4iHdeclzHY0VcQEbe75OMrG_w4 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save it in your online calendar tool. 

If you would like to see a unit meeting via zoom for your workplace, or have any questions, please contact your unit VP or email us at admin@cupe374.ca. 

Thank you. Stay positive. 

In Solidarity, 

Shireen Clark 

President, CUPE Local 374 

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