CUPE Local 1936 is located in unceded Central Coast Salish territory.  We wish to express our gratitude for the use of this unceded territory to all Central Coast Salish Peoples and to Qay’gayt and Musqueam First Nations who have ties to this territory.

CUPE Local 1936 believes that acknowledging Traditional Indigenous Territory is a way to honour and show respect to the original inhabitants of this land, on which we learn, work and play.

All in the CUPE family

Five locals give back to their community with picnic in the park

PORT MOODY—Cloudy weather was not enough to dampen spirits at the fourth annual Tri-Cities family picnic in the park on Saturday (September 22).

Before a spectacular view of Burrard Inlet, members from five CUPE locals served up hotdogs, snacks and refreshments while providing games and face painting for the kids. Visitors to Rocky Point Park were surprised and delighted to wander into the CUPE fest and be welcomed with offers of free food and children’s entertainment. Some gave donations to help offset the costs.

CUPE 386 (Coquitlam Civic) President Gord Willis said there are two reasons for holding the event, sponsored by locals 386, 498, 561, 825, and 1936.

“One is that it’s for our members who live and work in different cities—it gives them a chance to work together and get to know each other,” said Willis. “The other is that it’s for the public. People don’t often get to see us outside our jobs, and they don’t see us in the news unless it’s contract negotiation time. So having a fun event like this is a good way for the public to get to know us better.”

CUPE 825 (Port Moody Civic) President Christine Gervan thanked the many volunteers who helped stage the event.

“I certainly see the five locals as a team connecting and working together for the betterment of our members, strengthening CUPE and the community as a whole,” said Gervan.

CUPE 386 (Community Social Services of Greater Vancouver) President Sheryl Burns noted that the presence of Tri-Cities candidates for the October 20 community elections is a good sign of CUPE’s influence.

“Events like this enable us to make connections with community members and build relationships,” said Burns.

“It’s good that so many labour-endorsed candidates are here too, because the community knows we support them. It also shows the people who are running for office that CUPE keeps local politicians accountable.”

Halfway through the event, the clouds parted and the sun shone down on the park, drawing more visitors.

“Thankfully the weather was better than anticipated, so it was a wonderful event for the amazing volunteers and for those we were privileged to connect with,” said Gervan.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

CUPE 1936 applauds new supports and wage boosts for early childhood educators

“For many years, we have been calling for improvements to the system that cares for B.C.’s children and guarantees them a better future. With this announcement, the government has shown its commitment to moving towards accessible and affordable child care for all,” said CUPE 1936 President Sheryl Burns.

“ECEs are the heart and soul of the agencies that care for our children. The work they do to help B.C. kids at the earliest stages of life is critical to putting them on the right path for a successful future.”

Burns added that quality, affordable child care enables parents to get the education and training they need to access good jobs and allows mothers and fathers to work without having to endure years of child care wait lists or break the family budget. Investing in quality early learning and care helps reduce poverty and increase employment while stimulating the economy, she said.

To read the full story on the CUPE BC website, click here.


Sisters, Brothers and Friends:

At our 2017 National Convention, delegates adopted Resolution 36, which called for the creation of a Task Force on Governance to “conduct a comprehensive review of the governance and structure of our National Union.”

In March 2018, our National Executive Board confirmed the Task Force, which is made up of eight NEB members and eight CUPE activists who serve in elected positions at other levels of our union.

As part of our work, we are seeking input from CUPE members, locals and other chartered bodies. Attached you will find a discussion guide and a survey. The survey has been sent in the mail to your local union.  That same survey is also available to be completed online.

We hope you will make time to discuss this at your local meetings and provide us with your thoughts and ideas for how CUPE can improve its governance. Please complete the survey by November 15, 2018.

In solidarity,

National President

Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement


Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement, includes wage increases and significant money for low wage redress
Community social service workers have voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement that provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.
Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 82.3 per cent.
General Services ratified by 95.8 per cent. Indigenous Services (previously Aboriginal Services) ratified by 50.9 per cent.

The weighted average ratification vote for all three sub-sectors was 85.7 per cent.
“These agreements restore the sense of respect and value for the critical work that community social services workers do throughout B.C., and the support of our members reflects that,” says CUPE 1936 President and CSSBA negotiating committee member Sheryl Burns. “There is always room for improvement, but we are pleased that the government is committed to acknowledging the caring professionals who deliver these important services.”

Highlights of the General Services and Community Living sub-sector agreements include:
• General wage increases of 2% in each year, plus significant money for low wage redress to address recruitment and retention issues in the sector
• Strong improvements to occupational health & safety including a
Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Council
• The restoration of statutory holiday pay for part-time and casual
• A non-provincially funded childcare commitment from government to look at fair compensation for early childhood educators
• An improved process to assist the parties in better labour relations
• Enhancements to health and welfare benefit plans to start closing the gap with the health sector
• The renewal of the labour adjustment education fund and funding for health and safety and violence prevention training
Highlights of the Indigenous Services sub-sector agreement includes:

Changing “Aboriginal” to “Indigenous” in all areas of the collective
• April 1, 2019 – Temporary Market Adjustment for C6 delegated social workers to Grid 25.
• April 1, 2021 – Temporary Market Adjustment C6 delegated social
workers to Grid 26.
• April 1, 2021 – a bump up to the next wage grid in each step of the
Growth Progression for delegated social workers.
• Effective April 1, 2021 members will be entitled to maternity and
parental leave allowance per the Public Service Agreement.
• The introduction of cultural competence as a determining factor in the appointment policy.
• A framework to discuss cultural competence at labour management.
• Language to highlight the employer’s ability to account for an applicant’s previous experience as a mechanism to address recruitment and retention concerns for delegated social worker positions.
• Indigenous alternate dispute resolution language broadened to
acknowledge the diversity among Indigenous communities and to
acknowledge culturally specific processes.
The new collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2019 until March 31, 2022.
Please share this update with your co-workers. Members are also encouraged to keep their email information up to date with their respective unions.

Information on Community Social Services tentative agreements now available!

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached for the renewal of Community Social Services collective agreements including Aboriginal Services, Community Living and General Services with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA).

Full details and highlights of what was negotiated are now available including:

The CSSBA Negotiating Committee is encouraging members to attend ratification meetings in the coming weeks as a full explanation of wages and compensation will be provided.

Details of ratification meetings and the voting process will be available soon.

The CSSBA Negotiating Committee is recommending that members vote YES to accept the terms of the tentative agreements.


You can also Visit the CSS Fair Deal website to find more bargaining information and resources.

The original bulletin is available by clicking here.

Support making National Indigenous Peoples Day a statutory holday

As a follow-up to a resolution passed at the CUPE BC 2018 Convention  this past April, we are supporting a petition to have June 21st – National Indigenous People’s Day – recognized as a statutory holiday by the Province of British Columbia.

Please help us by downloading and printing the petition, and get people to sign it!

You can read more about this on CUPE’s website here.

Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to Deea Bailey, or drop it off / mail  it to  the Local’s office in Royal Square Mall at:

CUPE 1936
#208 – 800 McBride Blvd.,
New Westminster BC V3L 2B8

Provincial Bargaining Update #6 – A Tentative Agreement Has Been Reached!

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that, after four weeks of negotiations and a 95-hour push over the last six days for a deal without concessions, a tentative agreement has been reached for General Services and Community Living with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA). The tentative agreements are for three-year terms and provide significant compensation increases in terms of low-wage redress for all members, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.

You can get the June 15th bargaining update by clicking here.