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Deadline Extension | CUPE BC Committee Nominations | July 12

Please note that the deadline for committee nominations has been extended to Monday, July 12. Please access the online nomination form and committee Terms of Reference using the links below:

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Committee Terms of Reference: Click here

Extended Deadline:  Monday, July 12, 2021 (end of day)                                                               

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

Free Webinar | Contract Worker Justice – Creating a Fairer SFU | July 13

SFU’s CERi and Labour Studies Program will be hosting a free webinar on July 13 to discuss the outsourcing of contract workers at SFU.  Please join to hear from frontline workers and community leaders, including CUPE BC president Karen Ranalletta, and learn about ways to support SFU contract workers in their campaign for justice.

Date: July 13, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (PDT)

Registration: Click here

Contract Worker @ SFU Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/contractworkerjusticeSFU

Free Online Course | Indigenous Canada | University of Alberta | Open Enrolment

Indigenous Canada is a free, 12-lesson online course from the UAlberta Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, the 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.  Please click here to enroll and/or access course videos from the syllabus for viewing at your own pace.

Free Online Course | Indigenous Canada | University of Alberta | Open Enrolment

Indigenous Canada is a free, 12-lesson online course from the UAlberta Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, the 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.  Please click here to enroll and/or access course videos from the syllabus for viewing at your own pace.

Online Petition | National Day of Mourning | Lost Children of Residential School

Click here to sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recognize a National Day of Mourning for the lost children of residential school and the 215 lost loved ones found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.  The petition also calls on Ministers Marc Miller and Carolyn Bennett to support the community in their healing, and care for the lost children of this genocide.

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Staying Safe in the Heat

As the heatwave continues, please take a moment to read the press release below from WorksafeBC.  There are some great tips contained both in the press release, and the PDF fact sheets.  Stay safe and cool everyone.

WorkSafeBC reminds employers and workers how to stay safe when working outdoors 

Richmond, B.C. – With the heatwave across B.C. expected to last for the next several days, WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and outdoor workers about the risk of developing heat stress. If not recognized and treated early, heat stress can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

“In the last three years, there have been almost 100 accepted claims for work-related injuries caused by heat stress — and these are preventable injuries,” said Barry Nakahara, Senior Manager of Prevention Field Services at WorkSafeBC. “We’re reminding workers and employers to take steps to prevent heat stress. This includes reducing exposure to the sun wherever possible, drinking lots of water, wearing the right clothes, and taking rest breaks in cool, well-ventilated areas.” 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excess sweating, dizziness, fainting and muscle cramps. Symptoms of heat stroke include cessation of sweating, an increased breathing rate, confusion, seizures and even cardiac arrest. 

To prevent heat-stress injuries, WorkSafeBC requires employers to conduct heat stress assessments. As appropriate, employers must have a heat stress mitigation plan that provides education and training in recognizing the symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke. 

Below are some measures that employers and workers can do to prevent heat stress. 

Prevention of Heat Stress: Employers 

  • Monitor heat conditions and require workers not to work alone. 
  • Ensure there is adequate first-aid coverage and emergency procedures are in place. 
  • Make physical modifications to facilities, equipment, processes to reduce exposure. 
  • Change work practices and policies to limit the risk. 
  • Determine appropriate work-rest cycles; when a worker feels ill it may be too late. 
  • Rotate work activities or use additional workers to reduce exposure. 
  • Establish cooling areas with shade and water.

    Prevention of Heat Stress: Workers 

  • Drink plenty of water (one glass every 20 minutes). 
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric, such as cotton. 
  • Take rest breaks in a cool, well-ventilated area. 
  • Do hard physical work during the coolest parts of the day, before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m. 
  • Know your personal risk factors, such as medications and any pre-existing conditions. 
  • Check the signs and symptoms for yourself and co-workers.

    Learn more about heat stress at worksafebc.com. Read Preventing Heat Stress at Work or watch Sun Safety at Work on WorkSafeBC’s YouTube channel. 

    About WorkSafeBC 

    WorkSafeBC engages workers and employers to prevent injury, disease, and disability in B.C. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, WorkSafeBC provides compensation and support to people in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We serve approximately 2.3 million workers and 255,000 employers across B.C. 


For more information, contact

Media Relations, WorkSafeBC
Email: media@worksafebc.com

Important Email from SD#38 Human Resources *UPDATED*

Human Resources has sent an email to all Employees regarding tomorrow’s school closures. It includes school based and non school based personnel. *ETA- New protocols for the Tuesday and Wednesday is now been mailed to all employees*

Please remember to check your SD38 emails here: Staff Portal

And stay safe and hydrated during this heatwave.

CUPE BC UPDATES

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 info@cupe.bc.ca.

Reminder | CUPE BC Committees | Nominations Call

Per the announcement sent out June 7, CUPE BC is currently accepting nominations online for all 21 committees for the 2021-2023 term. 

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Committee Terms of Reference: Click here

Submission Deadline:  Monday, July 5, 2021 (end of day)

Please note that the 2021-2023 committee nomination process has been revised to bring it into closer alignment with CUPE National processes. In addition, we are asking nominees (applicants) to submit their own nominations, which will allow us to capture information to help build more inclusive committees. If you are a nominator (i.e. Local or District Council) completing the form online on behalf of a nominee, please consult and obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting the form.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

T-Shirt Fundraiser | Orange Shirt Day | Sept 30

CUPE BC encourages members to visit the Orange Shirt Society website and consider a t-shirt purchase for Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2021. Partial proceeds from all t-shirt and merchandise sales will go towards the Orange Shirt Society and support the organization’s reconciliation events and activities.  T-shirts may also be purchased directly from various London Drugs locations.

The Orange Shirt Day Society was formed in Williams Lake by Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis (Jack) Webstad to create awareness of the inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Day activities.  For more information, please click here.

2021 UALE Summer Institute for Union Women | August 5-7

Mark your calendar for the 2021 UALE Summer Institute for Union Women, which will be held online on August 5, 6, and 7, 2021.  Registration for this year’s online Summer School for Women Workers will be open soon.  For more information, please see the attached poster and visit the UALE website.

CUPE Education | Upcoming Health & Safety Webinars | Summer 2021

CUPE Education will be sharing information over the coming weeks for its online Health & Safety webinar offerings in August and September.  Please stay tuned for more details, and make sure to check the CUPE Education Calendar (click here) regularly for up-to-date information on the wide range of learning opportunities available for members.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre | Virtual On to Ottawa Tour

Hosted by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, this virtual walk/run/roll is unique! Discover the historical events of the 1935 On to Ottawa Trek as you log kilometres and hit key waypoints along your chosen route and earn a custom enamel pin when you finish. There’s no deadline; move at your own pace. Sign up here.

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email info@cupe.bc.ca for additional information.

In solidarity,

CUPE BC Executive Board

Grievance Wins

While it is not always visible, your executive team is always hard at work fighting to uphold the Collective Agreement.

We are always here for all CUPE 716 members, please do not hesitate to contact your Shop Steward or executive member, if you need assistance.  

From a thankful member:

Hi Ian and Nancy,

“I want to thank you both for working so diligently on my behalf throughout this grievance. I am grateful for your professional efforts and for the outcome. Wishing you both a wonderful, restful summer.”

We love happy outcomes like this!