Municipal Pension Plan and Return to work

As workplaces begin to open up again, questions are being asked about the ability to purchase leave related to COVID-19.

This is the link to the MPP website that explains how the purchase of service works.

Leaves, time off and wage changes – Municipal – Municipal (pensionsbc.ca)

Leaves, time off and wage changes – Municipal – Municipal

If your work situation changes because of COVID-19, your pension could be affected. Learn about your options if you take a leave, have your hours reduced, are temporarily laid off or receive temporary pandemic pay.

mpp.pensionsbc.ca

For purchase of leave, there is usually a 3-year employment requirement but due to the pandemic, this provision has been waived.

For members that have specific inquiries about your own situation, they should contact the Pension Corporation for assistance.

 

BC FED Labour Heritage

Indigenous economies existed in BC long before European contact. As the colonial economy emerged indigenous people became part of the formal workforce as miners, loggers, sawmill workers, agricultural workers, cannery labour and fishers, but their role in the early economy has been written out of history.

In Episode 9 of On the Line: Stories of BC Workers host Rod Mickleburgh examines indigenous workers on the waterfront, where they gained a reputation as “the best men that ever worked the lumber”. Indigenous workers also formed one of the earliest BC unions, a local of the Industrial Workers of the World. This episode includes audio clips from family members sharing stories of early indigenous longshoremen.

FULL EPISODE: Indigenous Longshoremen & the IWW

CUPE BC updates

CUPE BC Boutique | 2021 Pride & Labour Day Events Swag

Does your Local or District Council need swag for upcoming Pride or Labour Day events?  Please contact Darci Schmid at info@cupe.bc.ca for instructions on how to place your complimentary swag order online at www.cupebcstore.com

CUPE Education| Upcoming Workshops | August 2021 (if interested please email bway1936@gmail.com for registration)

CUPE Education has added the following virtual workshops to the August 2021 calendar, with priority registration access being given at this time to Locals in BC.  Please share these workshops with members of your local, and ensure to register online by the deadlines noted on the form pages:

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

August 11, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

 

Notetaking (OLS)

August 12, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

 

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS)

August 13, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

Challenging Racism (OLS)

August 17, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

 

Health and Safety – An Introduction – Part One

August 24, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

 

Notetaking (OLS)

August 26, 2021 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration: Click here

Call for Support | Canadian Red Cross | BC Fires

The Canadian Red Cross has launched a fund to support individuals and families displaced by wildfires in Lytton, BC and elsewhere in the province.  Locals and District Councils wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the BC Fires Appeal online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Donations will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long term recovery, resiliency, and emergency preparedness for future events in BC and impacted regions

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.

Final Reminder | CUPE BC Committee Nominations | July 12

CUPE BC will be accepting committee nominations until July 12 for the upcoming 2021-2023 term. Please see the links below and contact the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) if you have any questions regarding this year’s online application process:

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Committee Terms of Reference: Click here

Submission Deadline:  Monday, July 12, 2021 (end of day)

 

CUPE BC Boutique | 2021 Pride & Labour Day Events Swag

If your Local or District Council is looking to purchase swag for upcoming Pride or Labour Day events, please visit theCUPE BC online store catalog or contact info@cupe.bc.ca for online ordering assistance.

 

Call for Support | Lytton Wildfire Evacuees

Various donation centres and fundraisers have been set up to assist roughly 1,000 residents displaced by the recent fires in Lytton, BC.  For more information on ways to support Lytton wildfire evacuees, please see below:

Fraser Valley Tourism Association List

Please click here for a list of Fraser Valley Tourism Associations collecting goods on behalf of Lytton evacuees.

A list of donations being sought at this time can be viewed here.

GoFundMe Fundraisers

Lytton Relief Fund

Help for the victims of the Lytton wildfire

Helping our friends in Lytton

United Way British Columbia Campaign

BC Wildfire Recovery Fund

 

Courage to Act | Resources for Gender Justice Advocates

Courage to Act recently produced a list of resources to assist community organizations and Post-Secondary Institutions towards implementing action plans that support and affirm 2SLGBTQIA gender-based violence survivors both on and off campus.  Please click here to access the guide and feel free to submit additional resources to anoodth@couragetoact.ca.

WA Labour Education & Research Centre | COVID and Workplace Safety Video

The WA Labor Education and Research Center just released a new video featuring worker voices on the past year’s fight for workplace safety, and what should happen next to protect members against current and future airborne disease threats. The video features interviews with union food manufacturing, retail and hospital workers, along with the University of Washington COVID safety expert Dr. Marissa Baker.  Click here to watch the video on the Labor Centre’s YouTube channel.

Free CCDI Webinar | Diversity & Inclusion 101 | July 15

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) will be offering a free webinar on how to successfully implement and monitor the progress of diversity and inclusion strategies in the workplace.  Please find the workshop details and registration link below: 

Diversity and Inclusion 101 – Practical initiatives you can start today

Date:  July 15, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:00am Pacific (1:00-2:00 pm Eastern)

Presenter: Devika Pandey

Registration: Click here

Online CCDI Diversity Toolkits | Sustaining the BLM Movement in the Workplace

Creating an anti-racist organizational culture requires allyship from non-Black employees with the full confidence that eliminating anti-Black racism will create a more just and equitable workplace. Click here to access the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion’s most recent toolkit, Sustaining the Black Lives Matter movement in the workplace.  If you have yet to do so, please also click here to explore the wide range of other diversity toolkits available online through the CCDI.

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

#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5H 0G3

P: 604.291.9119

www.cupe.bc.ca

Headquartered on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt First Nations.

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Step 3 of BC’s Restart

Below is the information from Worksafe BC for employers. Become familiar with the communicable disease procedures so you are continuing to work in a safe and healthy workplace.

communicable-disease-prevention-guide-for-employers-pdf-e

In Step 3 of the Restart plan, employers are no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and can instead transition to communicable disease prevention. To learn more, see the statement issued by the provincial health officer on June 17 to employers on transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention.

New (June 30): Planning template added to employer guide

Communicable disease prevention: A guide for employers describes a four-step process to help employers reduce the risk of communicable disease in their workplace. We’ve revised the guide to include a template that may be useful for employers in documenting and communicating their communicable disease prevention measures, practices, and policies.

 

 

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.

Deadline Extension | CUPE BC Committee Nominations | July 12

Please note that the deadline for committee nominations has been extended to Monday, July 12. Please access the online nomination form and committee Terms of Reference using the links below:

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Committee Terms of Reference: Click here

Extended Deadline:  Monday, July 12, 2021 (end of day)

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

Free Webinar | Contract Worker Justice – Creating a Fairer SFU | July 13

SFU’s CERi and Labour Studies Program will be hosting a free webinar on July 13 to discuss the outsourcing of contract workers at SFU.  Please join to hear from frontline workers and community leaders, including CUPE BC president Karen Ranalletta, and learn about ways to support SFU contract workers in their campaign for justice.

Date: July 13, 2021.    Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (PDT)               Registration: Click here

Contract Worker @ SFU Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/contractworkerjusticeSFU

CoDev Board of Directors | Annual General Meeting | Sept 15

CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) is seeking nominations from eligible candidates to run for the CoDev Board at its September 15 Annual General Meeting.  Please find the meeting details below, and click here for more information regarding board eligibility, roles, and responsibilities.  Please direct any questions to Jeffrey Cramer atjcraimer@codev.org /(604)-708-1495 ext 1

AGM Date: September 15, 2021.          Time:  6:00-8:00 pm PT.         Board of Director Application Form:  Click here

Nomination Submission Deadline:  July 16, 2021

Free Online Course | Indigenous Canada | University of Alberta | Open Enrolment

Indigenous Canada is a free, 12-lesson online course from the UAlberta Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, the course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.  Please click here to enroll and/or access course videos from the syllabus for viewing at your own pace.

Online Petition | National Day of Mourning | Lost Children of Residential School

Click here to sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recognize a National Day of Mourning for the lost children of residential school and the 215 lost loved ones found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.  The petition also calls on Ministers Marc Miller and Carolyn Bennett to support the community in their healing, and care for the lost children of this genocide.

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

#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5H 0G3

P: 604.291.9119

www.cupe.bc.ca

Headquartered on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt First Nations. 

This e-mail is intended only for the person or persons to whom it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. Any other distribution, copying or disclosure is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail message in error, please notify the sender immediately and return this e-mail to the sender.

CUPE BC is committed to reducing the use of paper. Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

REMINDER | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS. CUPE BC COMMITTEES | 2021-2023 TERM

Dear members,

Per the announcement sent on June 7th, this message is a reminder that CUPE BC is currently accepting nominations online for all 21 committees for the 2021-2023 term.

PROCESS CHANGE:

Please note that the 2021-2023 committee nomination process is slightly different than previous years. The nomination process has been revised to bring it into closer alignment with CUPE National processes. In addition, we are asking nominees (applicants) to submit their own nominations, which will allow us to capture information to help build more inclusive committees.

APPLICATION:

At this time, we are asking nominees to complete the form themselves (not nominators: Locals or District Councils) and to self-identify as members of any equity-seeking groups. If you are a nominator completing the form online on behalf of the nominee, please consult and obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting the form.

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Submission Deadline:  Monday, July 5, 2021 (end of day)

COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE | COMMITTEE STRUCTURE CRITERIA

Please click here to view the Terms of Reference for all 21 CUPE BC Committees.  Kindly note that certain CUPE BC Committees have specific appointment criteria, as outlined below:

Pensions Committee

Members are appointed by the Executive Board and should whenever possible include a retiree, a young worker and a non-municipal pension plan member.

Political Action Committee

All Committee members must maintain membership in the New Democratic Party throughout the term of the committee, failure to do so may result in the removal from the committee by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Young Workers Committee

With the exception of the Chairperson appointed by the Executive Board, Members of the committee should be 30 years of age or younger.

Transportation Committee

A member shall be appointed by the Executive Board whenever possible from the airline sector.

Universities & Colleges Committees

Members of both the Colleges and/or Universities Committees must be Presidents of their CUPE Locals.  If you are a President of a CUPE Local at a BC Post-Secondary Institution, we still ask that you complete the online nomination form to ensure we have your current contact information.

Should you have any questions with regards to the CUPE BC Committee Call for Nominations, please contact the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

In solidarity,

CUPE BC Division

#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5H 0G3

P: 604.291.9119 F: 604.291.9043

www.cupe.bc.ca

 Headquartered on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt First Nations.

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CUPE BC is committed to reducing the use of paper. Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail. 

Take a minute to Save the PNE

The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched every workplace in British Columbia and had a huge impact on the community services and venues that shape our lives. One of these services is the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), which has effectively been shut down for the past 16 months.

The PNE means so much to the region and the province, and needs our help now.

Not only has this century-old tradition brought countless memories and enjoyment for generations, the PNE pumps $200 million into B.C.’s economy, supports countless local businesses, and creates thousands of jobs and youth employment.

The PNE is also a major local employer, and is B.C.’s largest employer of young workers. However, with more than 95% of the PNE’s events and services cancelled and no revenue coming in, the over 4,000 CUPE 1004 PNE workers have been out of work since March 2020.

Even though some limited events are beginning to return, a year and half of lost revenues has left the PNE close to financial ruin. Without immediate, short-term assistance of $8 million, it may not recover.

We need action now – or we will lose the PNE we all know and love. 

Please take a minute to save this beloved B.C. tradition. Your message will help ensure that the PNE receives the financial assistance it needs to retain staff; maintain facilities and equipment; and upkeep basic operations until public health measures allow a full reopening.

Your support will ensure the PNE is there for us and future generations, to enjoy and experience the diversity of B.C. and all that the PNE has to offer. Your voice will also help ensure that fellow CUPE members at the PNE have a job to go back to when full operations can again return.

Thank you for your support on this important campaign.

In solidarity,

Karen Ranalletta
President

PS: If you have already taken this action, thanks you! Please consider sharing this email with your contacts to help build support for this vital cultural institution.

Click here to share your support with decision-makers.

Karen Ranalletta
http://www.cupe.bc.ca/