Save the PNE!


I’m writing to ask you to help your fellow CUPE members in Local 1004 who work at the Pacific National Exhibition. The jobs of more than 4,200 workers are at risk!

Please take a moment to visit and send an email to urge our leaders to save the PNE!

The PNE has had little to no support through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 4,000 CUPE members are in danger

While there is hope we are nearing an end to the public health crisis, the PNE needs short-term, emergency financial relief to avoid financial ruin.

The PNE is a century-old tradition that has brought countless memories and enjoyment for generations. It also pumps $200 million into the region’s economy and local businesses every year. And it creates thousands of high-skilled jobs and youth employment.

All of this is at risk if governments don’t step up now.

Let’s make sure that the PNE is not left behind in post-pandemic recovery. Send a message to our leaders today. Tell them to Save the PNE!

Please share this message with your friends, family, neighbours and coworkers. Thank-you for your support.

In Solidarity,

Paul Faoro

Child Care Vaccination Rollout Plan

On March 18, 2021, the Provincial Health Officer has announced an acceleration of the vaccine rollout, which prioritizes child care workers, along with other front-line staff.

Due to large shipments of the AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII) vaccine arriving in B.C. over the coming months, the vaccine schedule is accelerating to protect workers in high-risk industries and front-line workplaces. This is in line with government’s immunization strategy of protecting the most vulnerable British Columbians first, and using vaccines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

More than 300,000 front-line staff, including first responders, grocery store staff, teachers, educational and child care staff, and other front-line workers and industries, will be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations over the coming weeks, as B.C.’s plan moves forward ahead of schedule.

The first shipment of AZ/SII is being deployed to protect people in workplaces that are identified as having the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission, such as food processing plants, and agricultural operations and large industrial camps with congregate accommodations; however, in total, B.C. expects to receive approximately 340,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by late May.                 The news release with additional details can be found here.

We know that you will have additional questions beyond the information provided today – more information about how it will be rolled out will be shared in the coming days and weeks.

Please do not call your local health authority to book an appointment. All AZ/SII vaccine appointments will be organized by employers. Appointment information will be communicated clearly and directly to each sector and employer over the coming weeks.                            More information regarding the broader Covid-19 Immunization plan is available online.

Additionally, thank you to everyone who sent in questions and attended the Health and Safety Townhall discussing the updated health and safety guidelines for child care settings with Dr. Patricia Daly, Vice-President, Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer from Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Geoff McKee, Medical Director, Population and Public Health at BC Centre for Disease Control, and Jacqueline Holmes, Manager of Prevention Field Services at WorkSafeBC on February 16. As promised, we have compiled answers to questions that we were unable to get to during the webinar. We have posted these answers, along with the audio recording of the event, to the Childcare BC website.

We are incredibly grateful to all child care staff working on the front lines of this pandemic who have kept our communities and economies moving forward. We commit to continuing to keep you informed as information comes available.


Stakeholder Engagement Team

Childcare BC

JOH&S Committee – WorkSafeBC is asking for feedback

We are conducting a research study about musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) to help WorkSafeBC to better support employers with health and safety information, tools and resources. If you are the person responsible for health and safety in your organization or the owner/operator of your company, we would really like to hear from you! (If not, then please forward this email to the right person – thank you!)

The survey is quick and easy and we will keep all responses confidential, and only aggregated results will be reported.

Please click here to begin the survey.

The personal information you provide will be collected, used, and disclosed only in accordance with s. 26(c) and s. 26(e) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection or use of personal information please contact WorkSafeBC’s Freedom of Information Office at 604-279-8171 or If you’d like more information, you can view ourPrivacy Statement on Respondents are reminded to refrain from providing details in the open text that could lead to identification if they wish to remain anonymous.

If you have any questions or concerns about this questionnaire, please contact Tracy Klass, Manager, Experience & Insights, at

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback.

CUPE 1936 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee  

Please join us for  the first CUPE 1936 EDI Committee.  This is an opportunity for our members that are from one or more equity seeking groups to work together on the various equity, diversity and inclusion issues. If you need more information reach out to

CUPE 1936 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EDI Committee Meeting
Time: Mar 23, 2021 06:00 PM Vancouver
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We are really hoping to get quorum at our next membership meeting so we can have elections, pass a few motions, including by-laws.
If you haven’t registered please take a couple of meetings to click on the invite to register. (see below)
If you have registered then Thank You.  Your participation is important to us and we appreciate your time to ensure our union is strong.

 (Please post on union bulletin board and pass it on to your co workers. )

This meeting is for all members of CUPE Local 1936. 

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. Just copy and paste into your web browser

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

Solidarity Matters: Global Labour & LGBTIQ Movements Working Together for Human Rights

Throughout the world, labour unions have been a powerful force for the advancement of human rights for LGBTIQ people. A panel of stellar speakers will reflect upon the important interconnections between human rights for LGBTIQ people and labour rights globally. Speakers will explore current work being done by their respective organizations around inclusion, equity and human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). 

We will discuss what the future holds for increased solidarity and cooperation across our movements and across the world.

Gertrude Mtsweni, COSATU (South Africa)
Gurchaten Sandhu, International Labour Organization
Larry Rousseau, Canadian Labour Congress8
Michele Kessler, UFCW, IUF Global Union LGBTQ Group (USA)

Moderator: Ziya Jones, Journalists for Human Rights & XTRA 

Presented by: Dignity Network Canada, UFCW Canada, UFCW Outreach and IUF Global Union LGBTQ Group 

This event is an invite-only event on Zoom and you must register in advance. Please go to the following link to register:…/reg…/WN_sdHBbTRORo2U9Hu2krMaYg

Facebook event page for the event, with a link to register:

International Women’s Day – March 8th

                 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY    Annual event
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year around the world. It is a focal point in the movement FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.
 International Women’s Day grew out of efforts in the early 20th century to promote women’s rights, especially suffrage. The Socialist Party of America in 1909 held the FIRST NATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY.
The concept of a ‘woman’s day’ caught on in Europe. ON MARCH 19, 1911, the first International Woman’s Day was held, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide.
 Women EARN 23% LESS THAN MEN globally. Women OCCUPY ONLY 24% OF PARLIAMENTARY SEATS worldwide. 1 in 3 have experienced physical/sexual violence.
Today not one country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. There is a significant threat of ROLLBACK OF HARD-WON FEMINIST gains.
   PURPLE, GREEN AND WHITE are the colors of International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept.