Weekly CUPE BC update

BC Medal of Good Citizenship | Open Nomination.         Nominations for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round for community members going above and beyond, demonstrating kindness, selflessness, generosity and service to community life in BC. You can nominate someone you know or read about prior recipients.

Lower Mainland Tri-Cities | New Foundry Centre.       In July 2022 the opening of a new service centre for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody youth with mental health challenges and substance abuse issues was announced, slated for the coming months. Foundry Tri-Cities will be operated by Share Family and Community Services Society, while seven new Foundry centres are in development in Burns Lake, East Kootenay, Port Hardy, Squamish, Surrey, Cariboo-Chilcotin, and Fort St. John. Browse a list of foundry centres currently in operation.

CCPA BC | Policy Note News          The BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is publishing progressive takes on provincial issues via Policy Note online. Browse the archive here.

CWF | Northern Strategy           The Canadian Women’s Foundation is partnering with Vancouver’s MakeWay Foundation on an Indigenous gender justice initiative, guided by the Northern Women and Girls Advisory Committee with representatives from Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut. Check our their podcast and funding resources for Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people.

 The Function | Downtown Victoria BIPOC Festival | Aug 20.             The Function, Victoria’s first BIPOC music & arts festival, celebrates emerging local BIPOC talent and seeks to build solidarity while celebrating diverse communities on the Island.     Sponsored by the City of Vancouver, the BC Black History Awareness Society and others, it will be held at Ship Point Market in downtown Victoria next week.

Date & Time: Aug 20, 2022 | 2:00pm onwards        Location: Ship Point, 812 Wharf St, Victoria.                                         Tickets: $35 (General Admission); free for 12 and under              Volunteering: Get involved here

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


Updates from CUPE BC

Mark’s Discount for CUPE BC members | Aug 1-7     Members can use the enclosed voucher code to get 25% off on in-person purchases at any Mark’s in Canada from August 1st to 7th

Whistler Summer Concert Series | Aug 4, 18, 25
Whistler Olympic Plaza at 4365 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, has been holding free concerts all summer, with three Thursday dates coming up spanning various genres. Opening acts start at 6:30 and the headliners at 7:30pm.

Dates & Artists:
Aug 4 – DJ PRAiZ, Ron Artis II & The Truth;    Aug 18 – Native Thunder Productions & DJ Shub; Aug 25 – Vinyl Ritchie & The J.B.’s

 LegBC | Community Gaming Grants Info Session | Aug 26      MLA Fin Donnelly is hosting a free 1.5h in-person information session on the BC Government’s Community Gaming Grant Program and other initiatives, an opportunity to learn about how your organization can successfully apply for funding. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Email fin.donnelly.mla@leg.bc.ca or call 604-942-5020 with further questions.

Date & Time: Friday, Aug 26, 2022 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Pacific)
Location: 510 – 2950 Glen Dr., Coquitlam, BC (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain Community Office)

Registration: Click here

VDLC | Labour Day Picnic | Sep 5        Enjoy food, bouncy castles, live music, games, booths and more at the Vancouver & District Labour Council free Labour Day Picnic.

Date & Time: Monday, Sep 5, 2022 | 12:00 noon

Location: Trout Lake Park (John Hendry Park), Vancouver

CCDI Consulting | Two-Spirit people Within the LGBTQ2+ Communities | Sep 21       This free webinar from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion will discuss what the “2” in LGBTQ2+ stands for, in conversation with a panel of Indigenous Two-Spirit people who will share their experiences with indigeneity in the LGBTQ2+ communities.

Date & Time: Sep 21, 2022 | 1:00pm (Eastern)
Registration: Click here

Charlford House | 6th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser | Sep 23.   Those wishing to support women in the Lower Mainland who struggle with addictions can sponsor the Charlford House Society for Women golf tournament fundraiser, including dinner and prizes. Proceeds will go towards expanding Charlford House community outreach and upgrading the facility to accommodate more women at a time. The attached brochure features further details.

Date & Time: ongoing until Friday, Sep 23, 2022

Location: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, 3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam, BC

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 Up

Fraser River Indigenous Society workers join CUPE 1936 using new single-step certification

CUPE Local 1936 is welcoming 16 new members at the Fraser River Indigenous Society where they will become the newest unit of Local 1936. These new members provide family development, early years learning and housing support for Indigenous Peoples, primarily in the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

To read more, please visit the web article here.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Online courses to help you recognize and prevent harassment and violence


When it comes to harassment and violence, employees, managers, committee members, and employers all have important roles to play. To support each of these groups in federally regulated workplaces, CCOHS has developed three online courses that explain their specific responsibilities and duties.

Keep current with changing legislation

Major amendments to the Canada Labour Code (Part II) relating to work place harassment and violence prevention came into effect January 1, 2021, affecting all federally regulated workplaces.

Easily access federal and provincial legislation and information regarding recent regulatory changes with our Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards subscription service. You’ll have a collection of all the health, safety and environmental legislation you need in one location.

See harassment and violence for what it is

Share this infographic on workplace harassment and violence to highlight worker rights, employer responsibilities, and examples of harassment and violence, including those of a sexual nature. This infographic also provides tips on committing to and creating a workplace that is free of harassment and violence. We also offer posters to promote awareness and prevention.

Know the signs so you can prevent harassment and violence

While the signs of harassment and violence aren’t always as clear as we need them to be, there are steps your workplace can take to ensure that your workers know how to recognize and report incidents if they happen. Listen to the podcast.

Visit our website for additional workplace harassment and violence fact sheets and resources.


Online Applications Open | Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship | Aug 19

CUPE BC is now accepting applications online for the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship.   Scholarships are awarded on both a competitive and lottery basis based on the following criteria:

  1. Parent, Guardian or Spouse of Applicant, or the Applicant her/himself must be a member in good standing of a CUPE Local affiliated to CUPE BC at the time of application.
  2. Applicant must have completed Grade 12 in the current or previous calendar year.
  3. Applicant must be entering first year of a recognized public postsecondary institution in BC. A copy of the acceptance letter from the admitting institution must be supplied.
  4. Applicant must complete an online application form supported by copies of the Senior Secondary Statement Transcript and letter(s) of reference from school principal or counsellor.

Online Application Form: Click here Application Deadline: August 19, 2022 (end of day)

CUPE BC Ticket Giveaway | BC Lions | Jun 25

CUPE BC will be giving away a limited number of tickets for the BC Lions/Toronto Argonauts match this weekend via info@cupe.bc.ca. Please submit expressions of interest byFriday, Jun 24, 3:30pm.

Date & Time: Saturday, Jun 25, 2022 | 7:00pm

Location: BC Place, Vancouver, BC


Asian-Canadian Labour Alliance | What Rights Do I Have? Workshop | Jun 25

In collaboration with SFU’s David Lam Centre and Labour Studies Program, the ACLA  is hosting a workshop for Asian newcomers to Canada and Asian Canadians who are new to working in either unionized or non-unionized workplaces, with speakers including Eric Seto of UFCW 247 and Julie Diesta of the Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers’ and Caregivers’ Rights.

Date & Time: Saturday, Jun 25, 2022 | 10:00am (Pacific)

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

Registration: E-mail aclainbc@gmail.com or call 778-388-8025

IAMAW | YVR Screeners Solidarity Rally | Jun 28

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 16 is holding a coordinated rally at the Vancouver Airport to protest the undervaluing of screening officers by third-party contractors. Please view the attached letter by Lodge 16 President.

Date & Time: Jun 28, 2022 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Pacific)

Location: YVR (Vancouver Airport) across from International Arrivals

CALM | State of Union Communications Survey | Jul 15

The Canadian Association of Labour Media is collecting data related to union communications, which will be used as a basis for union communication benchmarks. The survey is open until July 15th, 2022.

Burnaby Pride Celebrations | Jul 23

The 5th annual Burnaby’s Pride celebrates the diversity of Burnaby’s local 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all those who support them!

Date & Time: Saturday, Jul 23 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Pacific)
Location: Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby, BC


Solidarity Notes | Weekly Practice at Britannia | Jul 2022

Union choir Solidarity Notes holds practice Sundays 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Britannia Community Centre in Vancouver every week until their August-long break, and new members are welcome. For more information, fill out the contact form on their site.

SFU Labour Studies | African Ancestry Project Report
The attached report showcases data from the African Ancestry Project, a research initiative by SFU Labour Studies and Sociology Assistant Professor Maureen Kihika and Health and Sciences Research Fellow Alice Mũrage, on British Columbians’ diverse identities and experiences.

CCDI Webinar | Workplace Response to Tragic Events | Jul 26

How workplaces can respond to tragic news and events is a free webinar that explores difficult social events and how to address them compassionately as a team or organization. CCIP-certified attendees will receive a continued professional development credit.

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2022 | 1:00pm (Eastern)

Registration: Click here

EVA BC | Public Education Toolkit

Ending Violence Association of BC has a collection of public education resources to assist anti-violence organizations in raising awareness and providing anti-violence training. Materials may be adapted as needed with EVA BC cited as the source.



Please respect the unions’ picket lines in the following disputes, and do not patronize these businesses until the dispute is settled.

IUOE 115 vs. Rempel Bros. Concrete
Major Issues: Wages, Conditions of Employment, Overtime
Commenced: May 21, 2022

USW 2009 vs. UFCW 1518
(Union Representatives & Administrative Staff)

Major Issues: Concessions, Benefits, Fair Contract
Commenced: April 8, 2022

UNITE HERE! Local 40 vs. Pacific Gateway Hotel
Major Issues: Recall Rights, Concessions
Commenced: May 3, 2021

IBEW 213 vs. Ledcor
Major Issues: First agreement (in bargaining for 2 years), mass terminations, working conditions, pay & benefits, job security & seniority
Commenced: September 30, 2019


UNITE HERE! Local 40 vs. Hilton Metrotown


Boycott: SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines System) – CLC
Boycott: Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC – UNITEHERE! Local 40/BCFED


BCFED Health & Safety | OH&S Education in the Lower Mainland | Jun-Aug 2022

Current training opportunities in Occupational Health and Safety are available on the BCFED Health & Safety Centre monthly course calendar listings.

Mark’s Work Wearhouse | CUPE Member Discount | Jun 19-22

All CUPE members can take advantage of a 25% discount on all regular-priced merchandise using the attached voucher in person at any Mark’s store across Canada, from Jun 19th to 22nd, 2022.

Megaphone Magazine | Voices of the Street Launch | Jun 22

Megaphone’s 12th annual special literary edition Voices of the Street Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing About Climate Change in 2022 will be launched next week in-person (and livestreamed), with storytelling, refreshments, and a special poetry reading from local poet laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm (Pacific)
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts/Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Fee: $10

Registration: Click here

UALE Summer Institute for Union Women | Jun 23-25

Registration is currently ongoing for this year’s virtual summer course for union women, hosted by the United Association for Labor Education and including leaders and activists from unions, labor studies programs, apprenticeships and worker organizations from across British Columbia, the Western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. The program free is $50 with scholarships available via nrudiger@uoregon.edu.

Cowichan Folk Guild | 38th Annual Islands Folk Festival | Jul 23

Advance tickets with camping options are available for the one-day Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. Please see attached poster for the list of acts.

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2022 | 11:00am – 11:00pm (Pacific)

Location: Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan, BC
Prices: $95 general admission with $5 discount for members until Jul 21st; half price for youth and free for 12 and under

More information: admin@cowichanfolkguild.ca