Welcome to CUPE 382, Custodial, Trades and Non-Trades Workers, Victoria School District 61

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 382 Greater Victoria School Board Employees in the Province of British Columbia received our Charter when CUPE was formed in September of 1963.

Today, CUPE Local 382 is 211 members strong. Our painters, custodians, carpenters, plumbers, groundskeepers, electricians, equipment operators, truck drivers, labourers, and other skilled trades-people provide services in K-12 public education. 

As dedicated workers we clean schools, maintain buildings and grounds, service equipment, transport supplies, repair heating systems and provide other related services.  We are proud of all the work we do in creating a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff and parents within our school community.

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A Time to Make a Difference

This is the time of year where our thoughts turn towards helping our community and those in need. For many years, CUPE382 has collected donations for Sandy Merriman House, and this year is no exception!

Sandy Merriman House provides emergency shelter for women who are homeless. Guests at Sandy Merriman House receive safe shelter, meals, laundry & showers, support, referrals and advocacy, plus essentials including menstrual supplies, harm reduction and clothing. They also offer a community lunch from 11:30-2 every day.

We reached out to Sandy Merriman House and asked what their most needed donation items are. This year, we are hoping to donate:

·         Socks

·         Travel sized soaps

·         Travel sized deodorant

·         Full sized toothbrushes

·         Disposable razors

·         Underwear and bras

·         Backpacks

We will have two donation bins set up at Facilities. One in the Lunchroom and the other in the Grounds Department. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Non-perishable food items are an excellent way to donate, but we can’t accept anything that has passed the “best before” date.

If you wish to donate but don’t have the time, you can send CUPE382 a cheque with a memo “for Sandy Merriman House – donation” and we will do the shopping for you!

The Winter Season is the hardest time of the year for those who are in need. CUPE382 is proud to do our (small) part to help. 

For questions or additional information:

Doug Barr

Darren Reed

Brian Whin-Yates

Notice of Motion – CUPE382 Elections


We will be holding elections for CUPE382 Executive positions. This will take place on January 11th, 2020, at Eagle View Elementary, after the General Assembly at 10 AM.

Positions up for election are:

President                                             – 2 year term

Recording Secretary                          – 2 year term

Three (3) Member at Large             – 1 year term

Sergeant at Arms                               – 1 year term


Now is the time to have your voice heard. If you are interested in participating in the Union, or want to support a fellow member, we’d love to see you there. Job Descriptions can be found in our CUPE382 Local Bylaws book or on the website under Local Bylaws.


Celebration of Life –

Fred Fernando

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our brother, Fred Fernando. Fred lost his life doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle around Vancouver Island. Fred was a beacon within the Union and around the Facilities department. He was loved by all and will be missed by all. CUPE382 would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his friends, family, and everyone who was lucky enough to have Fred in their lives.

Please join us on October 20th, 2019, at 2:00PM in the Oak Bay Theater, to celebrate the life of Fred Fernando.

This may be a difficult time for CUPE382 members. Remember that you are not going through this alone. The LifeWorks program has free resources available for us. These can be found through the SD61 HR webpage. I encourage you all to reach out.




  President's Report October

Fall is here and we have been lucky with the weather so far, but we know the rain is coming. I’m not looking forward to the long nights, and the coming cold and flu season. I hope everyone is taking care of themselves out there.

You can expect to see our first wage increase come in on the first paycheque of October.  The retro backpay should be on the following paycheque. The new and improved benefits package has kicked in as well. The Executive and I have been asked many questions about the new Collective Agreement. I look forward to sitting down with the blue book and re-educating myself on the contract language. I suggest that everyone in CUPE382 do the same thing. I'm sure that you will find many answers for the questions you have. We will be delivering the new Collective Agreement Book to everyone, shortly.

I recently attended a K-12 Presidents Council meeting. As of two weeks ago, fifty-four CUPE Locals have ratified their new contracts, and six Locals have not. Hopefully the remaining six will ratify soon. I have spoken with other Union Locals and Presidents and have confirmed that, in regard to square footage, CUPE382 has the largest cleaning area in British Columbia. This means that despite our best efforts we are often not able to accomplish our cleaning to the same extent that our colleagues in other, less over worked districts, are able to. I am also hearing a lot about Facilities workloads - running from worksite to worksite, barely able to accomplish all the projects on the go, dealing with stressed out staff who are asking about timelines and ETA’s. The fact is, we are understaffed and overworked across the board. I want all CUPE382 members to know that these issues, staff workloads and square footage of runs, are front and centre in my mind. I will continually bring these issues forward to management to seek resolutions.

On that note, I am still hearing that people are starting early, working through their breaks, and staying late to get their work done. CUPE382 needs everyone to start at their regular scheduled time, to take their breaks, and to end work at their regular scheduled time. If the work can not be completed in the allotted time, let your foreman know. We can not be expected to work overtime for free.

On to happy news. Accrual time started on October 07, 2019.  We have the option to work an extra half hour each day, to accumulate a week off with pay during Spring Break. I love the Spring Break Accrual Agreement that we have. The half hour of extra work is a small price to pay for an extra week of holiday time to spend with my family and friends. Spring Break Accrual is optional. Speak with your foreman if you wish to opt out.

Our next general meeting will be on October 19th, 2019, at Eagle View School, at 10:00am.  I hope to see you there. Come join us for a coffee and a treat. 

Thank You

Fred Schmidt

President CUPE382   



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                                      Notice of Motion


A Notice of motion is going forward to ratify our local contract wording and language, this meeting will be on a separate day of our general meeting, and this ratification vote will be strictly for contract language, as wages and benefits have been ratified by K-12 Presidents committee, this meeting will take place on April 27 2019 at Eagle View Elementary, at 10:00 am.


Thank You

Fred Schmidt

CUPE 382 President.


We are all mourning the tragic loss of one of our Union brothers, Josh Bennett. Many CUPE382 members worked closely with Josh and knew him outside of the workplace. This is a difficult time for all.


A GoFundMe page has been set up by a friend of the family to help with the cost of funeral services. At this time of sorrow, we can try to lift at least some of the burden that the family is experiencing right now. We encourage everyone to contribute what they are able to. On Friday, April 5th, there will be condolence cards in the Facilities lunch room for people to sign. 

You can visit the GoFundMe page by clicking the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/885d7-funeral-expenses?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_title&utm_campaign=donation_receiptv5

Please remember that there are services available for those who need it. Do not hesitate to reach out to for help. 


Thank you;
Web Editor CUPE 382




  Feb 08 2019 - Due to weather and street conditions the general meeting will be canceled, for Feb 09 2019, Thank You and have a great weekend, Fred Schmidt.




 Jan 29 2019 -  GVSD Seeks Input on New Proposed Catchment Boundaries - https://www.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/community/catchment-boundary-review/ 

VSD Seeks Input on New Proposed Catchment Boundaries



Jan 12 2019

  Our new elected executive are as follows:

      President               Fred Schmidt

      Vice President       Paul Knapik

      Treasurer                Darren reed

     2nd Vice President   Jim Pretruzzelli

     Recording Secretary  Brian Whin-Yates

      Sargent at Arms        Tony Mcquire

      Member at Large       Todd Conrod

      Member at Large        Terina legge

      Trustees                      Gilles Larose

                                          Steve Fletcher


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