Tentative deal reached for Community Social Services

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). This includes agreements for workers in the Community Living Services, General Services, and Indigenous Services sub-sectors.

The tentative agreement was negotiated with ten unions who represent members in the agreement: BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, HSA, CSWU Local 1611, CLAC, USW 1-417, UFCW and BCNU.

CUPE has been at the bargaining table since February 2022, working hard to bring forward the priorities our members identified. These priorities include fair and equitable wages to address rising costs of living, meaningful recognition and rights for Indigenous workers, and the ability to address members’ health needs including mental health supports.

The tentative agreement has a three-year term and includes the following highlights:

  • Low-wage redress* increases, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
  • $0.25/hour increase to all wage grids, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
  • 3.24% increase to all wage grids, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
  • At least a 5.5% general wage increase, effective first pay period after April 1, 2023
  • At least a 2% general wage increase, effective first pay period after April 1, 2024
  • Additional wage comparability increases for all classifications
  • Increase to transportation allowance, effective date of ratification
  • 100% paid sick leave, effective April 1, 2024
  • Improvements to health and welfare benefits, leave provisions, health and safety, layoff and recall, bullying and harassment language.

In addition, the following are highlights on the gains achieved specifically for Indigenous Services:

  • Wage parity for all classifications with Main Public Service collective agreement
  • Retention incentive payment for all classifications
  • Commitment to continue discussions on parity with Main Public Service agreement for recruitment and retention, compensatory recognition for cultural competency and further Indigenization of the collective agreement

The CSSBA negotiating committee unanimously supports the tentative agreement and is encouraging all members to vote in favour of ratification.

* Low-wage redress (LWR) refers to funds that are meant to help reduce long-term inequalities in compensation in both community social services and health care sectors.

 

CUPE 1936 February 15th Membership Meeting Invite

JOIN US  for our next  monthly hybrid Membership Meeting

on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 @ 6:30 pm

This will be a Hybrid Meeting meaning you can join in person at 6222 Wilingdon Ave, Burnaby  or join via zoom (see link below)  (the 3rd Wednesday of every month, except July, August and December)
Please remember to register ahead if you are joining via zoom or RSVP to bway1936@gmail.com if attending in person 
We will be providing an update on the Provincial Bargaining Table,  unit reports & committee reports, etc.
**  Make sure you register or RSVP by Feb 14th and attend the meeting to be eligible for the gift cards. **

Looking forward to seeing you in person or on zoom. 

Please post on the union bulletin boards at your worksite and

let others know.

ZOOM LINK

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When: Feb 15, 2023 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:
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CUPE BC UPDATES  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & RESOURCES 

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.ca.

CUPE National Women’s Conference | Mar 12-15      Register now for the CUPE Women: Leading, Organizing, Resisting conference in Vancouver this spring. Early bird pricing ends January 31st, 2023.

Dates: March 12 – 15, 2023   Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building) at 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

Fees: $200 (early bird), $250 (standard)

FVDC | AGM | Jan 21    The CUPE Fraser Valley District Council‘s Annual General Meeting will be held in person, on Saturday January 21st. The Executive meets at 9:15 am, and the General Meeting begins at 10 am. Registrations are currently open.

Date & Time: Jan 21, 2023 | 10:00am   Location: Abbotsford CUPE Office at #201 – 32615 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC

 CRP | 2022 in Review     The Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership has posted their 2022 in review compilation, with all the Indigenous-led conservation projects and initiatives that took place last year with links and resources.

Freedom to Read Week | Feb 19-25     Freedom to Read Week is an annual event organized by the Book and Periodical Council, encouraging Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The FtR website features a range of ways to celebrate the week, including posters and events, like the upcoming January 25th webinar Censorship is No Friend of Social Justice from the Toronto Metropolitan University (free; no registration required).

BCLA-BCTLA Solidarity | SOGI Curriculum     The British Columbia Library Association stands with the BC Teacher Teacher-Librarians’ Association in supporting diverse library collections that reflect and affirm all students’ sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. They have signed the BCTLA’s open letter in defence of the SOGI curriculum.

VLDC Education Winter/Spring 2023 Program     The winter & spring session brochure outlines the course offerings from the Vancouver & District Labour Council from February to May of this year, including parliamentary procedure, law of protest, and a range of WCB courses.

BPL | Picard Trust Awards | Feb 28         The Burnaby Public Library Board has established two $2,500 awards for Burnaby residents or current employees of Burnaby Public Library to attend a master’s program at a library school in Canada, with the intention of increasing the diversity of librarians at BPL and in the broader library community. As such, the awards are only available to individuals who identify as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour. Click here to apply before February 28th, 2023.

Lancaster House | Intensive Mediation Workshop | Mar 10          Program details are now available for the intensive mediation and collective bargaining workshops from Lancaster House, presented jointly with Toronto Metropolitan University, which changed its name last year to divest from Egerton Ryerson’s toxic legacy.

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email info@cupe.bc.ca for additional information.

The VDLC Young Worker’s Committee is hosting a free workshop on how to build a union in your workplace. Participants will hear from experienced labour organizers about successful organizing strategies, how the law applies to union organizing, and the benefits of joining a union. They will also learn about the new single-step certification process that was recently implemented by the provincial government, and how it makes joining a union easier and faster than before.

Saturday February 25, 2023
9:30am – 4:00pm
Maritime Labour Centre
111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Advance registration is required!

Email vdlcyoungworkers@gmail.com to register, or for more information

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CUPE BC UPDATES  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & RESOURCES 

Happy New Year and welcome back to all CUPE 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.ca.

CUPE BC 2023 ANNUAL CONVENTION:   is taking place April 26-29 in Victoria, BC.  The Convention Call was sent by email to all affiliated Locals, Local Presidents, and District Councils on December 9, 2022.  Please find attached the Convention Call and Letter, Resolutions Submission Form, and Accessibility Assistance Form. Additional accompanying documents can be viewed on the CUPE BC website.  To begin registering delegates for the 2023 CUPE BC Convention, please visit the WE Travel Convention registration site. If you did not receive a copy of the call or your credentials, please email events@cupe.bc.ca to ensure your information is updated in CUPE BC’s mailing lists.

CUPE BC RWC | Black History Month Poster Project | February 2023:    The CUPE BC Racialized Workers Committee is working on the 2023 Black History Month poster to educate members on the often forgotten and erased history of Black people and Black communities in Canada. These posters will be sent out electronically to all Locals. To receive printed copies for Local offices, please e-maildschmid@cupe.bc.ca with the subject line “Black History Month Poster Recipient List” and quantity required by Monday, January 9, 2023.

Lancaster House | National Pensions Conference | April 12-13:   is hosting a virtual National Pensions Conference from April 12-13.  For more information and / or to register, please visit their website.

BC Municipal Safety Association | Joint Occupational Health and Safety Training | January 19: is offering a virtual Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Fundamentals course on January 19.  Participation in this one-day training program will fulfil the requirements under OHS Regulation 3.27.  For more information, please visit the BC Municipal Association website.

CCDI Webinar | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fundamentals | January 19:    The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion is offering a free introductory webinar covering the basics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The event qualifies for continued professional development credit for current CCIP members. Click here to register.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum | Supporting Women in Trades Conference | June 11-12:    The 2023 Supporting Women in Trades Conference will take place June 11-12 in Winnipeg, MB. The theme of this year’s SWiT Conference is Building Community. For more information, please visit the CAF-FCA events page.

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email info@cupe.bc.ca for additional information.

In solidarity, CUPE BC Executive Board ,   CUPE British Columbia

WISHING ALL OF OUR CUPE 1936 MEMBERS,   A JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

WISHING ALL OF OUR CUPE 1936 MEMBERS

Sheryl, Lee Ann, Bernice, and Valeria (your executives) would like to thank you for all the hard work that you have put into the last year in your workplaces.

As the year ends, it is time to look to the New Year to bring fresh beginnings. New experiences and relationships.  May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements, and a lot of new inspiration.

CUPE BC UPDATES  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & RESOURCES 

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.ca

 CUPE BC RWC | Black History Month Poster Project | Feb 2023.                    The CUPE BC Racialized Workers Committee is working on the 2023 Black History Month poster to educate members on the often forgotten and erased history of Black people and    Black communities in Canada. These posters will be sent out electronically to all Locals. To receive printed copies for Local offices, please e-mail dschmid@cupe.bc.ca with the subject line “Black History Month Poster Recipient List” and quantity required by Monday, January 9, 2023.

CCDI | Unlearning Fatphobia Webinar | Jan 24                  In the wake of countless weight-loss resolutions in the New Year, why not explore the entrenched fatphobic assumptions in our cultural fabric and challenge social and individual assumptions about weight? The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion webinar Unlearning fatphobia – Body diversity and fat inclusion introduces the concepts of body diversity, fatphobia and fat inclusion in the workplace. To view a wide range of educational resources from CCDI, also browse their list of downloadable guides.

 Date & Time: Jan 24, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:00pm (Eastern)        Fee: $39 for the general public, free for affiliates

Registration: Click here

 CCDI Consulting | Remote Training for Inclusion & Diversity | Jan – May 2023                      The consulting branch of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has three certificate programs (13 courses total) currently open for registration, all based on their IDEA strategy.

 Schedule

Foundations in IDEA

Jan 10 – 26, 2023

Apr 12 – 29, 2023

Jul 6 – 24, 2023

Fee: $499 + applicable taxes

 

IDEA Influencer

Jan 31 – Mar 2, 2023

Jul 27 – Aug 28, 2023

 

Fee: $699 + applicable taxes

 

Anti-racism Education

May 3 – Jun 2, 2023

 

 

Fee: $699 + applicable taxes

 British Columbia Reconciliation Award | Jan 20                                                 Nominations close January 20th for the 2023 BC Reconciliation Award, whose selection committee includes representation by Indigenous Elders, BC First Nations leadership and government partners. View the nomination guide, nominate a British Columbian or group/organization that demonstrates exceptional commitment to advancing the principles of Reconciliation via the nomination form (scroll down), and view the 2022 awardee profiles.

 Lancaster House | Labour Relations Certificate (virtual) | Feb 7                                                 The deadline for the virtual Labour Relations Certificate program presented by Toronto Metropolitan University and Lancaster House is December 30th, 2022. The program counts for 28 CPD hours and features 6 Toronto M.U. faculty combining theory, reading research, and professional experience.

 Program Schedule.      Feb 7 – Mar 2, 2023 | 12:30pm – 4:00pm (Eastern), eight sessions.       Fee: $4,995 + HST

 Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email info@cupe.bc.ca for additional information.