UPDATE re COVID-19 – March 16

Dear CUPE Local 1936 Members;

As you are all aware, we are navigating unchartered waters due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

During this time, we will attempt to keep you updated as regularly as possible, as this is a rapidly evolving situation.

We urge you to be vigilant and to take extra precautions in order to keep yourselves and those around you healthy.  If Canadians and British Columbians are to be successful in our efforts to “flatten the curve” and slow the onslaught of COVID-19, we must work together.

I would encourage you to help one another whenever possible.  Assist those who are elderly and who may have compromised immune systems by offering to pick up groceries or medication for them.

The provincial and federal governments are both discouraging any non-essential travel at this time, particularly travel outside of Canada.  For those who choose to, or who absolutely must, travel outside of Canada, please follow the government’s directive to self-isolate for 14 days.  This will help keep you and others safe.

The government has now banned gatherings of more than 50 people.  Please adhere to this directive.  It is for your protection and the protection of your loved ones.

CUPE Local 1936 is concerned for your well-being, physically and financially during this difficult time.  We are reaching out to Employers to sign Letters of Understanding regarding the COVID-19 crisis.  Our goal is to ensure that those who must self-isolate will receive wage protection.

An emergency joint meeting between the Employer’s Association and the Community Social Services Bargaining Association has been scheduled for tomorrow morning.  If there are further updates after this meeting, you will be notified via the CUPE Local 1936 website.

In the meantime, please remain alert for updates and information on COVID-19 from BC’s Provincial Health Officer by clicking here and the on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Please contact CUPE Local 1936 should you have any concerns relating to the COVID-19 crisis and your employment.  Your Local Officers are as follows:

Sheryl Burns, President

Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President and Grievance Officer

Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer, Education and Grievance Officer

Please take care of yourselves.

Sheryl Burns
CUPE Local 1936