Who Are We?
CUPE 2745 represents nearly 4400 members who are educational and clerical support staff in New Brunswick schools and School District offices for the Department of Education. Our membership includes; Educational Assistants, School Administrative Assistant & School Clerks, School Library Workers, District Administrative Support Workers, School Intervention Workers, Speech Therapy Assistants and Student Attendants.
Thank you for your support and standing together in solidarity!!!
"TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE"
From: Cardy, Dominic Hon. (EECD/EDPE)
Date: Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 5:33 PM
To: Theresa McAllister
Please see the following statement on behalf of Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardy:
“Last week, school districts circulated a memo requesting employees be advised to cover the ‘fist logo’ portion of any CUPE promotional materials in school environments. This was due to concerns that the symbol may be perceived as promoting violence or harassment, particularly to younger students, if taken out of context.
Having heard CUPE’s concerns on the matter, the department has determined we will allow CUPE members to display this logo within the school environment.
We are committed to preparing our students to be active and engaged citizens, which means having open discussions about ideas and freedom of expression.
I have spoken with CUPE 2745 representatives and have encouraged them to engage in a process of informing New Brunswickers on the history and meaning of the symbol in their logo, which has caused confusion and concern in the province. Next week, I will have discussions with the school districts on how we can permit members of CUPE to use the logo in an educational context and a learning opportunity for students.”
Yesterday we posted a reaction to the employer’s directive that Breaking the Mandate shirts can no longer be worn in the workplace. Upon further researching this issue, we feel that this directive falls outside of the “Work now, grieve later” principle. Additionally, both Locals 2745 and 1253 are in the process of filing a complaint to the Labour Board. If you decide to wear your Breaking the Mandate T-Shirt in the workplace, be assured that your local will be there to defend your rights.
January 14th, 2020
The Employer responded that they are aware of the significance of the fist logo and have no intention of infringing upon the employees right of freedom of expression.
They are insinuating the students do not understand the concept and it may be intimidating or violent to them.
The Employer is asking for our cooperation and to use discretion and judgement as to when or where we wear the t-shirt or other items with the logo when around the students,
January 15th, 2020
The Employer has stated that the notice will not be retracted and that Employees will respect said memo.
The Employer expects employees to respect the directive and also made reference to the "work now, grieve later" concept and proceed with grievances and/or complaints if they wish to do so.