CUPE Education for members

Members of CUPE 1816 (Pacific Blue Cross) Need Our Support!

Workers at Pacific Blue Cross are known for the caring and dedication they bring to the job every day. As underwriters, benefit examiners, disability claim representatives, benefits administrators and call centre employees, they do everything they can to help provide the best benefit coverage possible for those insured under PBC. Now they’re being forced to defend their own benefits.

Please contact PBC’s CEO Jan Grude and tell him you appreciate these workers’ excellent services: 604-761-5364 or

Together we can put pressure on this employer to give its workers a fair deal.

CUPE 1936: Membership Meeting Invite

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 17, 2021 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

How has COVID-19 affected your work and well-being?

The Risk and Resilience in the Health and Care Workforce project, based out of Simon Fraser University, is conducting research on how women working in health and social service roles have been particularly affected by the pandemic. For more information about the project see:—resilience-.html

In order to learn more specifically from the experiences of women working on the front lines in community social services, we are hosting virtual focus groups on Tuesday 23 February at 7 pm and Thursday 25 February from 7-8pm PST.  Focus groups will last approximately an hour and be structured around a few key questions, as well as open discussion. If you identify as a woman and are working in community social services, we want to hear from you!

To register for a focus group, or for more information, please email Dr. Julia Smith at, indicating which date you are available.

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

If anyone is interested in taking Level 1 Shop steward training please let know, asap.  (these classes fill up quickly)

Part 1     Feb 10, 2021 | ONLINE, Burnaby, British Columbia | English

What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory online workshop is for you!

Note: After you have completed this course, remember to sign up for Part 2 to get the Intro to Stewarding stamp in your passport. You will need this to take any of the courses in the Steward Learning Series.

Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network  Nanaimo/Ladysmith Spoke – Holiday Learning Resources Dec. 2020

BOOKS :     

So You Want to Talk About Race (2019) by Ijeoma Oluo              Guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

How to be an Anti-Racist (2019) by Ibram X Kendi         Takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths In a Northern City (2017) by Tanya Talaga      Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of seven Indigenous students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario, delves into the history of a northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities. Award winning work about systemic racism, education, the failure of the policing and justice systems, and Indigenous rights.

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power (2020) by Desmond Cole        Puncturing once and for all the bubble of Canadian smugness and naïve assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. In a month-by-month chronicle, Cole locates the deep cultural, historical and political roots of each event so that what emerges is a personal, painful and comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic inequality.


Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (Dir. Alanis Obomsawin, 2019)   The story of Jordan River Anderson – after whom Jordan’s Principle is named – and how his life initiated a battle for the right of Indigenous children to receive the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population.

Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Dir. Tasha Hubbard, 2019)                Follows the journey of Colten Boushie’s family as they search for justice, taking their fight to the highest echelons of power and, ultimately, to the United Nations. Hubbard deftly illustrates how the long history of violence against Indigenous people continues to define life in parts of Canada, and the impact of systems that have been the instruments of colonial domination for centuries.

The Skin We’re In (Dir. Charles Officer, 2017)      An urgent exploration of race relations, this documentary follows award-winning journalist and activist Desmond Cole as he pulls back the curtain on anti-Black racism in Canada, inviting all Canadians to understand the experience of being in his skin.

When They See Us (Dir. Ava DuVernay, 2019)    Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

13th (Dir. Ava DuVernay, 2016)         Premised as a historical survey that maps the genetic link between slavery and today’s prison-industrial complex, 13th explodes the “mythology of black criminality”, explaining the successive and successful measures undertaken by political authorities to disempower African Americans over the last three centuries.


Anti-Racism I (University of Colorado Boulder)       An introduction to the topic of race and racism in the United States, the course defines Whiteness and other relevant terms; identifies the impacts of race, racism, and anti-racism; and applies the terms and concepts in relation to overlapping oppressions and possibilities for anti-racism work.

Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)          This 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.

Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Collaborative Learning Series       A series of thirteen 1.5 hour webinars that address anti-Indigenous racism and Indigenous cultural safety in health care, education, and more generally. Hosted in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC).

Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network | Hub & Spoke Services | Learning Resources

The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network delivers coordinated services using a “Hub and Spoke” model to connect BC communities with info, support, and training to address and prevent future incidents of racism and hate.  Please find attached a resource document from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Spoke Services containing a list of readings, films, and course offerings.  For more information on community-based “Spoke Service” branches in your area, please also visit the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network website (click here)

UVIC | 3-Week Online Course| Fall Prevention Training for Care Aides **Free**

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has fully funded an online fall-prevention course, Skills to Support Independent Living, designed specifically for home-care aides. Offered through the University of Victoria, this micro-credential is available to these workers in BC at no charge between January and March 2021.  More information about the course and how to register can be found on the UVIC Continuing Studies program website (click here).

April 1, 2020 Low Wage Redress Announced!

The CSSBA and CSSEA have announced the Low Wage Redress amounts that will come in to effect on April 1, 2021.  You can view the bulletin by clicking here.

Note that these final amounts include the 2% General Wage Increase as well as the Low Wage Redress amount.  It also brings all of our target wages within 1% of the comparitors in the Health Sector.  For many of our members, it represents a total increase of over 15% from March 31, 2018 to April 21, 2021.