BC’s Community Social Services Sector was featured prominantly in this special edition of CUPE BC’s “Public Employee” magazine. Click here to see the entire edition online!
COVID-19 has made talking about safety more important than ever. Did you know that since 2015, workplace injuries have been going up in the Independent Living and Assisted Living sectors? Right now, Independent Living and Assisted Living injury rates are higher than that of home and community care.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Help us help you. For the past six years, SafeCare BC has worked with the long-term care and home and community care sectors to bring injury rates down. Tell us what’s important to you – what health and safety resources you need, how COVID-19 has impacted your work, and how you want to access safety resources. With proposed changes to the Workers Compensation Act under discussion and COVID-19 an ongoing challenge, there’s no better time to talk about safety.
Complete this brief, 15-minute survey to share your thoughts: www.safecarebc.ca/surveyforyou . The survey will be open until August 14, and you’ll have a chance to win a $50 gift card.
Please also share the survey with your coworkers (we’ve attached a handy poster that you can post). The more input we get, the better we’ll be able to understand the issues – and the more successful we’ll be in bringing injury rates down. Your safety matters – have a say.
Hello CUPE Metro Locals,
The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and its over 4,200 workers and CUPE members have been left out of Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery plan.
Due to the PNE’s affiliation to the City of Vancouver it has been deemed ineligible for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This means:
• 1,600 part-time workers not working;
• 100 full-time staff laid off;
• the annual hire of 2,500 seasonal workers on hold;
• the jobs of 4,200 CUPE 1004 members are in danger.
The PNE might face a $52 million shortfall. This could mean closure or privatization for the PNE and Playland, and a serious negative impact on thousands of employees, many of them young workers in their first unionized job.
CUPE 1004 is launching a campaign to Save the PNE and fight for that work.
Please visit www.SavethePNE.ca and send an email to urge our politicians to save the PNE and its 4,200 jobs. Please share with your union members, friends, family and neighbours and ask them to send their own messages.
CUPE 1004 thanks you for whatever solidarity you can provide for our fellow members at the PNE. Together we can help save the PNE for future generations and help save the jobs of 4,200 workers.
July 21st, 2020
To CUPE Local 1936 Shop Stewards,
For those of you who are covered by the Provincial Community Living BC the General Services Collective Agreements there will be online virtual shop steward training provided via Zoom on:
Wednesday, October 7th
10 am to 2:30 pm (break from 12 to 12:30 pm)
This training will include agenda items such as:
- Know your Collective Agreement
- Representing members in meetings with your employer
- Your rights as a Shop Steward
- How to file a Grievance, and others.
If you are interested in attending this training, please email our CUPE Local 1936 Secretary-Treasurer, Education and Grievance Officer, Bernice Way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bernice will register you for this workshop. We will email the Zoom link and sign-in details prior to the 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.
Sheryl Burns, President
Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President and Grievance Officer
Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer, Education and Grievance Officer
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The Employer’s Association (CSSEA) has published for their members information clarifying who is and is not eligible for the government’s pandemic pay. Employers should have recieved this information already.
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CUPE Local 1936 stands in solidarity with Black communities in North America and around the world.
As we have seen due to recent events in the United States, black people continue to experience oppression, discrimination, criminalization and murder.
We stand in solidarity with black people who mourn the loss of loved ones, members of their communities and the ongoing discrimination, racial profiling and hatred they continue to experience.
We understand many others affected by racism, such as Indigenous communities and people of colour have been impacted by the murders of black citizens in the US. We acknowledge that racism also occurs here in Canada and that this racism hurts and divides all of us. We stand with Black people, people of colour and Indigenous people against racism.
Racism, in all its forms, must stop. It has no place in our union and in CUPE Local 1936.
BURNABY—CUPE child care workers continue to provide outstanding service during the pandemic period, from looking after the children of front-line workers to singing songs and reading books online to kids staying home during social distancing. For these and other reasons, CUPE BC salutes our members for their contributions as Child Care Month wraps up this week.
Child Care Month in B.C. is an opportunity to recognize the vital role that early learning and child care professionals have in our every-day lives—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, said CUPE BC President Paul Faoro.
“Child care workers provide a vital public service that so many British Columbians rely upon. And they continue to provide this service despite various new challenges and stresses that have been added to their work over the past several weeks,” said Faoro.
“These dedicated workers set the educational path for our children before they hit the school system. The skills that these workers have, which are so important in caring for children, are often undervalued in our society.”
During Child Care Month, CUPE members at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, including Andrea and San, have been telling stories on their Facebook page. Earlier this month, members of the North Shore Neighbourhood House teen club posted a special thank you to essential workers, including our child care workers.
As well as CUPE members who work in the child care sector, Faoro extended a special thank you to CUPE K-12 members who have stepped up over the past six weeks to support children of essential service workers.
“When B.C. kids needed a safe place to stay while their parents performed essential work, public schools and our members were there to provide it,” said Faoro. “To all early learning and child care professionals in B.C., we thank you for all the work you do especially during this difficult time.”