Back to School for CUPE Members
Prince George, B.C. – Teachers aren’t the only staff in the Prince George School District getting ready for the start of school September 8.
Hundreds of CUPE workers are back at work and busily preparing for the upcoming school year this week too.
“Well, we actually started preparing for the new school year, the custodians, back in June,” says local 3742 president Karen Wong. “And they worked through the month of July getting the schools spick and span, stripping floors and waxing them.”
And after a short break in August they’re back at it again this week.
“They’re clearning the schools, clearning the rooms, we also have a clerical staff, which includes secretaries, starting today (Monday) and again next week.”
She says there’s plenty for them to do as well.
“In the clerical field we’re looking at early and late registrations depending on the scenario,” says Wong. “So we have parents who are dealing with transfers of students; we have clericals who are getting class lists and teachers assignments prepared.”
Wong says it’s a huge task for the roughly 125 custodians and 140 clericals considering the size of the district.
“It’s not just a matter of schools, but a matter of buildings,” she says. “We have 31 elementary schools, eight secondary schools and an alternate school. We have the board office as well.”
Wong says an even larger portion of CUPE’s roughly 900 members will be back on the job over the next couple of weeks.
“The library clerks won’t be in until next week and the EA’s (educational assistants and youth care workers) will return to work on September 8 when the doors open for everyone.”