Updated WCB plan to support the new orders

WorkSafeBC – Maintaining COVID Plans

The BCFED called for increased inspections to enforce the new orders issued by the provincial health officer on November 7, including the issuing of appropriate penalties and fines if an employer fails to ensure a safe workplace.

The BCFED continues to call on the province to provide WCB prevention officers with all the tools and resources required to ensure they can enforce PHO orders in workplaces. The BCFED news release is available at: https://bcfed.ca/news/releases/bcfed-public-health-order-compliance-necessary-keep-workers-safe.

The BCFED wants to ensure that our members are aware of the updated WCB plan to support the new orders that were issued for the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities.

The WCB will be conducting COVID-19 safety inspections in these regions and are urging employers to revisit their COVID-19 Safety Plans and updating them with involvement of their health and safety committees.

We urge you to share the attached information in your unions and organizations to ensure that workers have the resources and training they need to ensure their health and safety during this pandemic.

In solidarity,


President                           Secretary-Treasurer

BC Federation of Labour 200-5118 Joyce Street | Vancouver BC  V5R 4H1

tel:  604-430-1421 email: president@bcfed.ca or sectreas@bcfed.ca www.bcfed.ca



International Day of Persons With Disabilities

The BCFED is excited to invite you to attend its event to mark the International Day of Persons With Disabilities on December 3rd.        The event will take place online via zoom on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Participants can register here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-day-of-people-with-disabilities-tickets-129610022065

This event has been planned by BCFED Workers With Disabilities Representative Sheryl Burns, and will feature presentations from Heather Walkus, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and more.

We look forward to having you join us for this important session.

Please share this event widely within your networks.

In solidarity,

President                          Secretary-Treasurer

BC Federation of Labour | 200-5118 Joyce Street | Vancouver BC  V5R 4H1

The BC Federation of Labour is located on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territories.


Local 1936 November Monthly Membership Meeting

Hi there,

It is time for our monthly meeting and would appreciate if you can attend. This meeting is for all members of CUPE Local 1936. We will be discussing updated information, giving reports from the table officers and hearing from the different units. We also will have a question and answer segment at the end of the meeting for anyone that is having concerns or need answers. See you on the 18th.
If you need more information please reach out to me at bway1936@gmail.com

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 18, 2020 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

BCFED Human Rights Forum- Sunday November 22 at 9:00 am

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We are excited to welcome you to the BCFED Human Rights Forum!

The BCFED Human Rights Forum will take place at 9:00 am on Sunday, November 22. The forum will feature an address from the president of the BCFED, Laird Cronk, as well as a Human Rights Expert panel and an update from representatives of the Equity Caucuses of the BCFED.

Please see the attached agenda for the event.

The event will take place via zoom, and pre-registration is required. Please use the link below to register for the event via Eventbrite.


This event is open to all union members, and space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

In solidarity,

President                          Secretary-Treasurer

BC Federation of Labour | 200-5118 Joyce Street | Vancouver BC  V5R 4H1

The BC Federation of Labour is located on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territories.

Local 1936 On line Shop Steward Training, Part 2

For those of you who are covered by the Provincial Community Living BC the General Services Collective Agreements there will the second part of the online virtual shop steward training provided via Zoom on:

Wednesday,  December 2,2020  via Zoom

10 am to 2:30 pm (break from 12 to 12:30 pm)

(If you missed the 1st part that is ok as we will be covering new material.) 

This training will include agenda items such as:

  • Getting to understand your Collective Agreement
  • How to represent members in meetings with your employer
  • Your rights as a Shop Steward
  • How to file a Grievance, and others.
  • Health and Safety

If you are interested in attending this training, please email our CUPE Local 1936 Secretary-Treasurer, Education and Grievance Officer, Bernice Way at bway1936@gmail.com.  Bernice will then send you the link for this workshop.

If this workshop is happening on your regular work day, the Local will provide you with a full-day of Union Leave.  You can find the Union Leave form by going to the CUPE Local 1936 website at www.1936.cupe.ca.  On the home page, click on “Resources” and then click on “Forms”. You will see the Union Form there.  Please fill this form out and email it to Bernice Way with the fax number of your Human Resources Department. We will sign the form and send it to the Human Resources Department.  This will enable your Employer to bill us for your wages due to your attendance of this workshop on October 7th.

Should you have any questions regarding this Shop Steward Training or with respect to the Union Leave process, please do not hesitate to contact Bernice Way at her email above.

We hope this note finds you all doing well in these challenging and unique times.

In solidarity,

Sheryl Burns, President

Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President and Grievance Officer

Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer, Education and Grievance Officer

Canadian Labour Council Violence and Harassment Survey


The CLC is excited to announce a new national survey on workplace violence and harassment.

The survey, which is being conducted with researchers at Western University and the University of Toronto, is the first ever survey on violence and sexual harassment in the workplace with a national reach in Canada.

It will launch online on October 21.

We need all workers to fill it out—workers of every gender, whether or not they have experienced or witnessed workplace violence or harassment. This is how we will get a clearer picture of workers’ experiences in workplaces across the country.

Like with the groundbreaking Domestic Violence at Work project, the results of this research will inform policy and education initiatives on workplace violence and sexual harassment.

We are counting on all affiliates, federations and labour councils to help spread the word, and encourage your members to participate. Below, you will find links to the following downloadable files:

1) Template emails for locals and members

2) Social media shareables

We will continue to develop promotional tools throughout the 6-month survey period.

The survey is open to workers 18 years of age or older. It takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes to complete. All respondents will remain anonymous.

The survey will be online here. Please share it with your members on all the platforms you use to communicate with them.

For any questions, please contact our Human Rights Department at

In solidarity,

Hassan Yussuff
Marie Clarke Walker


Notice Of Motion

Dear CUPE Local 1936 community social services members:



That CUPE 1936 will conduct a vote of the membership at our next membership meeting, November 18th, 2020. 

That CUPE Local 1936 will include Qmmunity, formerly of CUPE Local 3495 into our Local. 


In solidarity from your Local 1936 Executive,

Sheryl Burns, President

Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President/Grievance Officer

Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer/Education and Grievance Officer




CUPE BC will be hosting a series of information webinars for CUPE members on the Plan Partners BC Municipal Pension Plan Redesign changes. If you have members in the MPP, please share this invitation and registration links.

Each webinar will be one hour in length with presentations by CUPE National staff, and will provide members with an overview of key changes followed by a Q&A period.  These webinars do not replace the current consultation process being conducted by the Plan Partners, but are to provide CUPE members with further opportunities to learn about the changes. For full details of the Plan Partners MPP Redesign, please direct members to visit mppredesign.ca to ask questions or provide feedback on the changes using the “Ask a Question” feature.  Once again, these sessions are for general information and members seeking specific advice on their retirement planning should consult directly with a personal financial advisor.  

Please use the links below to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Municipal & Library sectors


Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the K-12 sector


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Health & Community Social Services sectors

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome


Thursday, October 29, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome


Tuesday, November 3, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome



Municipal Pension Plan Redesign: Moving Forward Together

BURNABY – The partners of the Municipal Pension Plan have launched a consultation for a proposed plan redesign that will change how future contributions are made.

 It is important MPP plan members understand the proposed changes and how they may affect their pension and retirement planning. It’s also important for members to provide their feedback during this engagement period.

 The proposed changes are in response to the changing nature of work and retirement, to better align benefits with how the majority of members are using them, and to rebalance contribution rates with accrual rates.

 To answer your questions and provide full information of the proposed changes you can visit mppredesign.ca.

 This website includes information on the proposed changes, a Frequently Asked Questions section, and a pension calculator you can use to see how the changes will affect your retirement.

 If you have questions, you can submit them at mppredesign.ca.

 For assistance, you can also call 1-877-251-0997 to speak with a representative. The call centre is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. until October 23.


October 14, 2020 | 9:00-10:30am

Dear members,

We are pleased to invite you to CUPE BC’s first Fall 2020 web conference offering, which will focus on the theme of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Please find the event details below:

Date:  October 14, 2020

Time:  9:00-10:30 am (90 minutes)

Topic:  A Technical Understanding of Inclusion for Unions

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QjtNAGb7RgSJSuODFRITPg

Cost: FREE

The web conference will feature guest presenter Alden Habacon, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist with Inclusive Excellence Strategy Solutions Inc.  Please find a program description and speaker bio below and attached:


 Outcomes-driven organizations lead with intentionality, clarity and a strong sense of excellence. This initial engagement is focused on:

·        Framing the conversation around EDI as a means to achieving their existing aspirations for unions and their respective industries;

·       Establishing basic literacy around diversity and inclusive excellence;

·        Providing a common understanding of the journey towards inclusive excellence; and

·        Affirming how acknowledging and disrupting cognitive and cultural bias will benefit their unions.

Participants will examine different kinds of diversity, the business case (or business imperative) for a more inclusive workplace culture, and also explore the organizational stage-by-stage process towards fostering an environment where people with profound differences thrive. Participants will determine where they are in the journey, what business outcomes are most relevant and the kind of organizational mindset they aspire to establish as leaders. This module explores the most recent report by Deloitte on when employees feel included, and provides a research-based framework around inclusive leadership.


Alden E. Habacon is one of Canada’s leading diversity and inclusion strategists and facilitators. He is well known in this field and highly regarded for his fourteen years of impact, and his innovative work around inclusive leadership, unconscious bias and intercultural training. He works with leadership in a wide range of professions and sectors throughout Canada, including the legal community, social services, the public sector, municipalities, first responders, and large private corporations. Over the last few years he has delivered professional development to faculty and staff in almost every university in British Columbia and currently works with many universities across Canada, the US and Hong Kong. He is currently a Visiting Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at the University of Delaware.  For more information about Alden, please visit his website (click here).


The CUPE BC Division will be testing various virtual platforms in the coming months in the interest of securing the best web delivery option for our online learning series. We have partnered with FMAV Services to deliver the October 14 web conference.  We welcome feedback from all webinar participants with regards to web platform accessibility, user-friendliness, and any other areas of improvement. A short survey will be sent out after each session. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

We look forward to your participation during our web conference.  Should you have any questions about the event, please contact our office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

In solidarity,

Paul Faoro, President

Trevor Davies, Secretary-Treasurer

CUPE British Columbia

#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5H 0G3

P: 604.291.9119



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