Just as the President and the Executive Committee are the head of the union, and the general membership is the heart, the school union representatives are the legs of the union. No policy, action plan, or communication vehicle will be brought to life in a school without the onsite skills, knowledge, and analytical capabilities of school union representatives. Every school in Surrey has site-based union representatives who support you in a variety of ways.
The Staff Representative is your go-to-source for any questions that you might have, particular about union-related information, such as your collective agreement. They can also accompany you in any meeting with your administration.
The primary function of the Staff Committee Chair is to provide advice to the Principal/Vice-Principal(s) in relation to the operation of the school. It is the school’s only democratic body authorized by the Collective Agreement to provide advice on behalf of the staff. Specific details regarding the committee’s composition, function, and meetings are found in the Collective agreement.
The pro-d chair takes a leadership role in asserting professional rights, defending public education, building member and public support for professional development, facilitating professional learning for teachers as autonomous professionals, advocating for teacher-centered PD, and returning control of PD to teachers. They are also the go-to person for accessing pro-d funding.
The health & safety rep is the co-chair of the Health + Safety Committee (usually with admin) and is the person to talk to about any workplace health and safety concerns.