CUPE forms bargaining committee for provincial Community Social Services negotiations – Webstory


August 19, 2021

CUPE forms bargaining committee for provincial Community Social Services negotiations

BURNABY—CUPE has confirmed today its caucus members for the provincial Community Social Services Bargaining Association’s (CSSBA) bargaining committee. The members, who come from around the province, reflect the regional representation of the number of CUPE members working under CSSBA General Services and Community Living agreements and will be excellent representatives for CUPE community social service members in B.C.

“We are pleased to see some of the Locals with smaller groups covered by CSSBA agreements stepping up and taking part in this process,” says CUPE BC General Vice- President Sheryl Burns, also the Community Social Services committee chair and the president of CUPE 1936.

“We recognize that they have a larger financial burden due to travel, accommodations, and so on – and we are looking at ways to make that less burdensome in the future, so that even the smallest groups will have an opportunity to participate.”

The group plans to meet in September and, by mid-fall, begin surveying the concerns of members across the province.

“I look forward to working with committee members, who bring a wealth of historical and front-line knowledge to our caucus and are key to ensuring that our members across the province will have their voices heard,” says CUPE National Staff Representative Michael Reed, coordinator for CUPE’s Community Social Services sector in B.C.

The CSS collective agreements between CSSEA (the Community Social Services Employer’s Association) and CSSBA expire on March 31, 2022. Some groups will also engage in negotiating agency-specific agreements, referred to as local issues agreements, between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

For more information, please contact Michael Reed at: For general information around negotiations, visit


CSSBA – New statutory holiday for members in the community social services sector


B.C. is aligning with the Government of Canada’s decision to recognize September 30, 2021 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. What this means is members under the Community Social Services collective agreements in the CSSBA – Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services – are entitled to the holiday starting September 2021.

This entitlement comes from language your union negotiated in the collective agreements under 17.1 (Paid Holidays) that grants members, not only existing federal and provincial holidays, but “any other day proclaimed by the federal or provincial government.”

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is meant to recognize the tragic history and lasting effects of Canada’s residential school system.

Going forward, the province will engage with Indigenous partners and the business and labour communities to determine the most appropriate way to commemorate September 30th.



The provincial government is currently conducting surveys regarding access to Employer paid sick leave.  CUPE Local 1936 members who are covered by the General Services and/or Community Living provincial Collective Agreements are only able to access 80% Employer paid sick leave.  Community Social Service Workers are one of the few public sectors that do not have access to 100% Employer paid sick leave.  This is unacceptable.

As workers in the Community Social Services sector, the CUPE Local 1936 Executive requests that you participate in the survey below.  The provincial government needs to fully understand that 80% Employer paid sick leave is not enough.  They need to understand the negative impact this has on our members and the ways in which 80% employer sick leave impacts your decisions on whether or not you choose to work when you are sick.  We hope you will take a few minutes to fill out this survey.  The government needs to hear from you.

The surveys can be accessed here:  and the News Release here:

Surveys will be available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Korean and Tagalog next week.

In addition to engagement with key stakeholders and Indigenous partners, there will be two phases of consultation:

  • Phase 1 (Aug. 5 to Sept. 14)– surveys will gather information from employers and workers on the kinds of paid illness and injury leaves currently provided, and how they are meeting workers’ and employers’ needs; and
  • Phase 2 (Sept. 20 to Oct. 25)– informed by the surveys, options will be prepared for various paid sick leave models, including the numbers of paid days and other possible supports, and will be posted for public feedback and input.

In solidarity,

Sheryl Burns, President, CUPE Local 1936

Lee-Ann Lalli, Vice-President, CUPE Local 1936

Bernice Way, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Local 1936


Unite Here! Local 40 Event | Hilton Metrotown Sit-In! | Aug 5

After 112 days of being locked out, it’s time we stand together with the women who cook for, clean after, and serve guests in hotels.  On August 5, join fired and locked out Hilton Metrotown workers, hotel workers, and women leaders in the labour movement for a sit-in at the Hilton Metrotown to urge the hotel to bring workers back to their jobs!

Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

Where: Hilton Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC

Facebook: Click here

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 (

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.

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 for instructions on how to place your complimentary swag order online at

CUPE Education| Upcoming Workshops | August 2021 (if interested please email 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 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


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

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 ( 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 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

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 for additional information.

In solidarity 

CUPE BC Executive Board

CUPE British Columbia

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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.


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.