Provincial Collective Agreement Bargaining Survey is available now.

To members of the Provincial Collective Agreement.

The current Collective Agreement will begin renegotiated this year. The 1st step is to hear from the members as to what issues you have in your workplace. Please fill out the bargaining survey – it’s your chance to have your voice heard!  The online survey will be available until noon on November 12th.  It can be found at, or by clicking the links in this message.

For those members who need a paper survey, we will be sending one to you shortly. PAPER SURVEYS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE BCRO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

If you have any questions please reach out to either Sheryl Burns, Lee Ann Lalli or Bernice Way





CUPE 1936 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee  

Please join us for  the. CUPE 1936 EDI Committee.

This is an opportunity for our members that are from one or more equity seeking groups to work together on the various equity, diversity and inclusion issues. If you need more information reach out to

Lee-Ann Lalli (she/her) CUPE 1936 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EDI Committee Meeting
Time: Oct 5, 2021 06:00 PM Vancouver
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Lee-Ann Lalli (She/Her/Hers)

Vice- President/Grievance Officer

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1936

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Telephone: 604-522-8445

Fax: 604-777-0297

Cell: 778-223-1554

#208-800 McBride Boulevard

New Westminster, BC  V3L 2B8

CUPE Local 1936 is located in unceded Central Coast Salish territory.  We wish to express our gratitude for the use of this unceded territory to all Central Coast Salish Peoples and to Qay’gayt and Musqueam First Nations who have ties to this territory.


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October is Ergonomics Month

If any of our local 1936 members that sit on their workplace JOHS committee want to find out more about Ergonomics than please reach out to Bernice Way, to be enrolled into the course below. Your wages would be covered if it falls on a scheduled day of work (this would be outside of the 8 hrs of training per year through your employer)

Recognized in October each year, Global Ergonomics Month is an international outreach campaign promoting human-centred design through the science, application and profession of ergonomics or human factors. These disciplines are focused on optimizing human well-being as well as overall system performance by proactively designing work and work systems to fit the people interfacing with them in ways that improve efficiency, productivity, health, safety and comfort. Ergonomics is ultimately good for business and good for people.

The Centre has scheduled a number of opportunities in October to take our virtual facilitator lead course:

Strains, Aches & Pains (Ergonomics)

This course is designed to provide OH&S Committee members with the knowledge and skills to identify and find effective solutions to ergonomic problems at the workplace.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn about common health effects from MSI injuries.
  • Learn how to comply with existing ergonomics legislation.
  • Learn how to identify ergonomic hazards, learn risk assessment techniques and generate solutions to deal with hazards.
  • Learn strategies to assist in implementing an effective prevention program.
  • Have an opportunity to put theory into practice using the “Fix That Job” exercise.

October 8, 18, 26


3.27 Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members:

(2) The employer must ensure that each member of the employer’s joint committees who was selected on or after June 1, 2017 to be a member receives, as soon as practicable but no more than 6 months after becoming a member, a total of at least 8 hours of instruction and training, as set out in subsection (4).

(7) For greater certainty, the instruction and training required under subsection (2) or (3) of this regulation is not educational leave as set out in section 41 of the Workers Compensation Act.

Note: The 8-hour mandatory training requirement — “new joint committee members must receive the instruction and training required under section 3.27 of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (OHSR)” — is separate from the existing annual 8-hour educational leave assigned by section 41 of the Workers Compensation Act, “Each member of a joint committee is entitled to an annual educational leave totaling 8 hours […]”.

* New committee members are eligible to receive 16 hours of education in their first year.*

For more information see: JHSC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Changes.

Funded by the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia and hosted by the BC Federation of Labour, the BC Fed OH&S Centre is the largest provider of this type of training in the province.


The Federal government has proclaimed September 30th as a Truth and Reconciliation Statutory Day as one small act of reconciliation and acknowledgment of atrocities inflicted on the Indigenous, Inuit and Metis people of Canada.

While September 30th is frequently referred to as a Statutory Holiday, we ask that you refrain from referring to this day as a “holiday”.  Instead, please think of this as a day of mourning in which we are to collectively remember our Indigenous comrades who have fallen, or experienced harm, as a result of the colonization, genocide and forcible removable of their children; many of whom were abused or who died while in residential schools.

The latest discoveries of children’s remains at various residential schools, including the Kamloops Residential School where 214 bodies were found, serve as a stark reminder of the legacy of colonization of Indigenous people in Canada.

Entire Indigenous nations and/or tribes were forcibly removed from their homes and land, and forced to live on assigned reserves where many continue to experience substandard living conditions without access to safe drinking and bathing water.  Indigenous children as young as 4 and 5 were taken from their families and placed in residential schools where many endured emotional, physical and sexual abuse.  Children died trying to escape these residential prisons or while living in the schools.  Often families were not informed of a child’s passing and many children were secretly buried on school grounds.

The legacy and pain of colonization and forced institutionalization of Indigenous children remains.  Institutional racism continues to impact our Indigenous comrades today.

On September 30th, please take time to remember the atrocities inflicted upon Indigenous people in Canada, and please support our Indigenous comrades who grieve all that has been lost as a result of these atrocities.

To our Indigenous comrades and members, on behalf of CUPE Local 1936, we extend a sincere apology for all that you and your families have endured.  We stand with you as you mourn the impact of colonization, everyday, as well as on September 30th, a Day of Truth and Reconciliation.  Should you require additional support, please call:

The Kuu-Us Crisis Line at (250)-723-2323, or

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society at (604)-985-4464

With sorrow,

Sheryl Burns, President, CUPE Local 1936

Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President/Grievance Officer, CUPE Local 1936

Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer and Education Officer, CUPE Local 1936

CUPE’s National Safe Union Spaces Working Group.


Earlier this year, CUPE created a National Safe Union Spaces Working Groupto address serious concerns about gender-based violence and other forms of harassment and discrimination in our union.

Our work is being guided by expert external consultants. The external consultants will be holding a series of focus groups to help CUPE review our existing tools and processes, and identify gaps where we need changes or additional resources to ensure safer union spaces for all members.

Some of the sessions are being held specifically for members of our equity-seeking groups. Members are welcome to attend the session for any group that they identify as a member of, and all members are welcome in the general sessions.

Focus groups will take place on Zoom. Please use the following links to register for the session you wish to attend.


All members are welcome to participate. Don’t miss out – register today!

In solidarity,

The National Safe Union Spaces Working Group

Judy Henley
Sherry Hillier
Lee-Anne Kalen
Yolanda McClean
Nan McFadgen
Debra Merrier
Barb Nederpel
Carole Neill
Karen Ranalletta
Candace Rennick


To our members of Local 1936

The CUPE National has decided to hold their convention this year , see notice below. If you are interested in attending please send email to and


Important Update on CUPE National Convention

Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:

Today CUPE’s National Executive Board met and discussed our upcoming National Convention, and the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

While we had hoped to hold an in-person Convention in Vancouver this November, it has become clear that it is unlikely that we will be able to safely convene such a large in-person event this November. That’s why the National Executive Board adopted a motion today to hold our National Convention virtually, on the same dates of November 22-26, 2021.

While the situation with COVID-19 had shown signs of improvement earlier this summer, the case numbers are now going in the wrong direction, and many provinces have had to reimpose public health restrictions.

We recognize some of you may be disappointed with this decision, but we have always placed a priority on the health and safety of our members and staff.

As we shift our convention planning to focus on a virtual event, further details on the convention agenda and registration for the online platform will follow in the coming weeks.

In solidarity,

Mark Hancock
National President

National Secretary-Treasurer

National Day of Action for Early Learning and Child Care

Join us September 14, 2021 in a National Day of Action for affordable, quality, accessible, inclusive child care for all.

  1.   At 1:00 PM ET, join a Canada-wide bilingual on-line event about what is at stake for early learning and child care in the 2021 federal election. Register now and then share the information with others.
  2.   Post your voter pledge on social media. Add the hashtags: #Elxn44, #CdnChildCare, #CdnPoli, #VoteChildCare4ALL
  3.   Sign the petition to show all parties how many of us want a publicly funded, universal, inclusive and accessible system of child care.

Local actions

In addition, we encourage child care advocates to take action for early learning and child care in their communities by;

  •   Tie balloons (purple or green) to your porch or balcony
  •   Print off a DIY lawn sign, think about making this a group colouring activity
  •   Post a sign on your window or mailbox to show you will vote child care for all
  •   Ask your local candidate to take the Candidate Pledge
  •   Write an OpEd or Letter to the Editor in advance and seek to get it published on September 14, 2021

CUPE Local 1936 Monthly Membership Meetings this Wednesday, Sept 15, 2021

For those that register by Tuesday their names will be put in the wheel for the draws.
For new members this is a great way of finding out more about your union. Please share with your co-workers and post on    union bulletin boards.
You will need to register by clicking on the invite.
Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
(check your spam if you don’t see it)