Shannon Manseau, a CUPE 409 member, is the only day custodian at New Westminster Secondary School, which has over 2,000 students and is one of the largest schools in British Columbia, covering two city blocks.

Welcome to our web site that talks about the mess B.C.’s schools are in. After almost sixteen years of chronic and unrelenting underfunding by the provincial government, public education is in a sorry state. The lack of support for public education has led to layoffs for many CUPE members with corresponding services lost to students. Custodians are among the groups hardest hit by chronic underfunding of public education by the BC Liberals.

Chronic underfunding has forced some districts to cut daytime custodian positions, leaving no custodian to clean up accidents, vomit or other messes until after the school day. Increased and unrealistic workloads cause injuries. Staff have been cut in most districts.

Custodians are not willing to compromise the health of the students they support by lowering their standards.