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)

The provincial government paid sick leave survey is up until September 14th

Click on the link about or copy and paste into your browser and take a few minutes to complete the survey.

What’s this engagement about? Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in B.C., so they are able to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year.

CSS Prevention of Violence in the Workplace Training

From: CSS Health Safety <>
Sent: August 30, 2021 5:39 PM
Subject: Council Webinar Communication Release

The Council is pleased to share the CSS Prevention of Violence in the Workplace Training Webinar, which will be offered free of charge on September 15th (9:00am – 12:00pm) to the sector. Please register at this link: CSS Prevention of Violence in the Workplace Training Webinar Registration.

Seasoned speaker Phil Eastwood, Sr. Partner at Fiore Group Training Inc., will be presenting valuable information on violence prevention in the workplace. Some of the topics he will be covering include: why pursue prevention of violence in the workplace training; the role and legal responsibilities that employees, front-line supervisors, managers and employers have including their ‘Duty of Care’; and a host of other key topics.

We urge you to register quickly to reserve a spot and look forward to having you joining us on this very important session!!

We invite you to share this information with sister organizations and look forward to collaborating with you to build and promote healthy workplaces in the Community Social Services sector.

Contact:   For more information, please contact Fiona Senyk, Health & Safety Coordinator at







Dear members,

Please read on for general CUPE BC announcements and to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities. If this email was forwarded to you and you wish to be added to our mailing list, please send an email request to info@cupe.bc.

U pcoming CUPE BC Canvasses | 2021 Federal Elections

Below is a list of upcoming canvasses taking place over the coming days in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island:

Port Moody – Coquitlam.     Sept 3 | 6:00 pm *Today*

3278 Westwood St, Port Coquitlam;    Event Link: Click here

Burnaby South              Sept 4 | 1:00 pm

5262 Rumble St, Burnaby              Event Link: Click here

Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge     Sept 5 | 1:00 pm

Corner of 224th St & 119th Ave, Maple Ridge  Event Link: Click here

Nanaimo.   Sept 6 | 10:00 am

140 Commercial St, Nanaimo  Event Link: Click here

Victoria      Sept 6 | 1:30 pm

1262 Quadra St, Victoria.       Event Link: Click here


Please also check the CUPE BC Facebook page regularly for a full list of other upcoming canvasses and events.

T-Shirt Fundraiser | Orange Shirt Day | Sept 30

CUPE BC encourages members to visit the Orange Shirt Society website and consider a t-shirt purchase for Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2021. Partial proceeds from all t-shirt and merchandise sales will go towards the Orange Shirt Society and support the organization’s reconciliation events and activities.  T-shirts may also be purchased directly from various London Drugs locations.

CUPE BC Posters | UNDRIP and Truth & Reconciliation

All locals should have received print copies of the CUPE BC United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and 94 Calls to Action posters in mail earlier this summer. A digital file containing both posters has been attached for viewing and distribution. If your local would like to request additional print posters, please email the CUPE BC Office ( with your desired quantity, poster type, and mailing address.

BC Government Consultation | Paid Sick Leave Survey | Sept 14

The Provincial Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in BC to enable them to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.  At this time, the Government is seeking input from workers and employers about what paid sick leave they currently have in their workplaces and what improvements could be made.   For more information, please see below:

Paid Sick Leave Engagement Project:  Click here

Worker Survey:  Click here              Employer/Business Owner survey:  Click here      Surveys Close: September 14, 2021

 CCPA Reports | Election 44: The Care Economy, Women, and COVID-19

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has remained at the forefront of the COVID pandemic by publishing in-depth analysis of its impacts and policy changes that are needed to protect vulnerable populations.  Please find links below to the CCPA’s reports and policy recommendations as the elections approach:

Platform Crunch: Conservatives release their federal commitments

Which promises have the Conservatives made to support women’s employment and the care economy? Click here to review the CCPA’s recent analysis, along with their assessment of the NDP commitments (click here). Other party platforms will be released as well.

Budget Watch 2021: The rebuild must start with the care economy

Senior CCPA researcher Katherine Scott explains why the “rebuild must start with the care economy” as a means of addressing the social, racialized, gendered, and income inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to read more.

Long-term care reform: No time to waste

The CCPA has published a road map (click here) to ensure that every senior is able to live with dignity and respect.

Canada’s immigration system is failing migrant care workers

COVID-19 has worsened the precarious, sometimes abusive working conditions for migrant care workers—most of whom are women and racialized people.  Click here to read CCPA researcher Rishika Waderhra’s analysis.

For more information, please read the CCPA Report “Women, work, and COVID-19: Priorities for supporting women and the economy” by Katherine Scott or listen to the CCPA “The Care Economy and What’s at Stake” podcast episode.

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email for additional information.

In solidarity,

CUPE BC Executive Board

CUPE British Columbia

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CUPE 1936 Membership Meeting on Sept. 15, 2021 @ 6:30 PM via Zoom

September has started and our Monthly Membership Meetings will resume after our summer break.
We hope everyone had a fun, safe summer!
The membership meetings will be on zoom and as always we will be having prizes for those that attend, giving updates and reports, time for question and concerns and reconnecting with each other.
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.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 15, 2021 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We can vote for better care. We can vote for a just recovery. We can vote for a better Canada.

CUPE votes

CUPE is pleased to see NDP leader Jagmeet Singh pledge Tuesday that an NDP government would end for-profit long-term care (LTC) and commit to a Care Guarantee.

CUPE members and Canadians at large expect our federal government to take real, meaningful action to address the unthinkable tragedies that took place in long-term care during the pandemic.

But we also have to recognize that conditions in many long-term care homes were bleak before the pandemic too.

The understaffing and the lack of resources that cause so much suffering in long-term care are the direct result of cost-cutting so that for-profit operators can turn a profit to shareholders – and it is residents and workers who pay the price.

Mountains of evidence have proven that not-for-profit care delivers better outcomes for residents and better working conditions for workers, and CUPE has been calling for action to address the problems in long-term care for decades.

We are encouraged to see the NDP make this important pledge, and we call on other parties to follow suit. It’s the least they can do for the people who have borne the worst effects of this pandemic.

CUPE members bravely answered the call on the front lines of the response to COVID-19. But the pandemic showed us just how far we have to go to deliver better care to those who need it. In this election, better care for all is on the ballot.

Long-term care

Long-term care in Canada was in a crisis before COVID-19 – and the pandemic pulled back the curtain on just how bad things were for residents and workers alike. Long-term care is health care – and in Canada, there should be no place for greed and profiteering in our health care system. It’s been almost a year since the Trudeau Liberals promised to fix long-term care, and nothing has changed. The Liberals have completely failed to act. It’s time to bring long-term care under the Canada Health Act, making it a publicly funded and delivered health care service accessible to everyone. Residents should be guaranteed a minimum of 4.1 hours of care per day, and workers should be guaranteed a secure job and a livable wage. In this election, let’s vote to fix long-term care.

Child care

Our economy doesn’t work without quality, affordable, accessible child care. The pandemic made that clear. We know that public investment in child care isn’t just good for kids – it also advances women’s economic participation, and creates jobs and grows the economy. The BC NDP government recently signed a landmark agreement with the federal government to move forward with $10-a-day child care across the province – clear proof of the progress we can make with NDP governments in office. In this election, let’s vote for affordable, quality, accessible child care and good-paying, secure jobs for child care workers.


Millions of Canadians have no prescription drug coverage, and one in ten people in Canada can’t afford their medication at all. But despite decades of studies and repeated election promises, the Trudeau Liberals have consistently stood in the way of enacting a national pharmacare program since taking office in 2015. A national, universal pharmacare plan is the only way to ensure equitable access to essential medications for all Canadians, while also lowering the cost of drugs for families, workers, governments, and employers. This election, let’s vote to make a national pharmacare program a reality.