Richmond Municipal By Election – May 29th, 2021

In every municipal and school district election, employees have an opportunity to elect their employer.  This year, due to a council vacancy, there is a City of Richmond Council By-election.  We are joining both CUPE Locals at the City (Locals 718 & 394) and the Vancouver District Labour Council in endorsing Karina Reid in this important by-election and are asking for your support to elect Karina to City Council.

In person voting will be May 29th, but Richmond residents are able to register for a mail in voting package. Further information can be found on the City Website.

https://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/elections/services.htm

CUPE Seniority Lists

Hello Members,

The CUPE seniority lists (alpha/date order) plus, the CUPE secondary seniority lists have now been published on The Portal: www.sd38.bc.ca.

Once logged in to the Portal, go to top left-hand bar of the screen with the dots. Click on it and then go to Inside 38. Once you click on that, click on Human Resources tab. Scroll down the documents till you come across the CUPE lists.

If there are any discrepancies with your information, please contact Kim Wong in Human Resources.

Respectfully,

CUPE716 Executive

May Pro-D Day – SOGI for Cupe

Please join us in this SOGI session for CUPE members. During our session, we will be covering what SOGI inclusive learning environments look like, sound like and feel like. We will also be joined by student leaders from Burnett and Cambie, who will share their experiences of schooling with adults who hear and accept them as LGBTQ2S+ youths. Our session together will:

  • explore our own intersectionality and how that plays a role in the way we interact with students and colleagues
  • do a self assessment for what we are already doing and what we can do to contribute to inclusive learning environments
  • discuss why it’s important to practise gender neutral language with students and colleagues
  • ​answer some questions about how young SOGI can go
  • include some resources for further professional development in SOGI ​

Facilitators for this session are Loreen Thomson, CUPE; Ellen Hsu, RTA; and Destiny Lang, Student Leader – Burnett

May 21st 9-11am – Registration is open now on the portal!

Pay Grid Attached to Collective Agreement

We apologize for the omission of linking to a copy of the current collective agreement that did not have the pay grid attached. This has now been fixed and the link in the footer of the site labelled as “Quick Downloads” now contains the current collective agreement with the paygrid. You may also download it here. 

Support Staff SSEC Survey

CUPE, other support staff unions, and BCPSEA are jointly launching this survey with a view to soliciting input to help define priorities for, and interest in, support staff training and upgrading. This survey will help inform the work of the Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC), which was struck as per item 6 of the Provincial Framework Agreement.
We anticipate that the survey will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGLYD3F
Please complete the survey by February 8, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact your local president.

CUPE BC UPDATES ANNOUNCEMENTS | UPCOMING EVENTS

Dear members,

We hope January is treating you well so far, and wish you all a healthy, happy and fulfilling 2021. Please read on to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in the BC Fed courses must first apply to the union through Stacey Robinson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CUPE BC 2021 Virtual Convention | May 19-21 **Save the Date**
Please save the date for CUPE BC’s 57th Annual Convention, which will be held virtually (online) over three days from May 19 – May 21st. Further information will be included in the Convention Call, which will be sent out to all locals and District Councils in the near future.

Convention Dates: May 19-21, 2021 (3 days)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00pm (daily) PST
**Resolution Cutoff Date**: March 22, 2021 at 12:00pm PST

CRA News Release | Home Office Expenses for Employees
The Canada Revenue Agency has simplified the rules to help make Canadians working from home eligible for a tax deduction. Under the new rules, employees having worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of a least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 are eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020. Please read the CRA news release here and visit the CRA website for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Diversity and Inclusion Webinar | From Bystander to Allyship | Jan 13
Alden Habacon, who led CUPE BC’s first Fall 2020 webinar on Inclusion for Unions, is offering a free webinar on allyship and ways to meaningfully address non-inclusive language and behaviour in the community and the workplace. For a full workshop description, please click the registration link below.

Date: January 13, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:00am PST
Registration: click here
Cost: Free

Stratagem Black History Month Events | Black Queer Futures | Jan 23-Feb 28
Stratagem: Black Queer Futures is a series of virtual talks and workshops by Black activists dedicated to exploring the nuances of Black queer identity, resistance and movement building. Spread out over Black History Month, a wide range of workshops are being offered to provide participants with an intersectional experience of Black LBGTQ2S+ lived realities and histories. For more information, please see below and/or contact the organizers at info@cicelyblainconsulting.com.

Dates: Various offerings starting Jan 23, ending Feb 28
Workshop Schedule: Click here
Registrations: Click here **NOTE: Black Community Access tickets ($25) and 50-100% scholarships are available for anyone in need.
Anyone interested in the BC Fed courses must first apply to the union through Stacey Robinson
BCFED Health & Safety Centre | Professional Development Programs
The BCFED Health & Safety Centre will be offering a range of professional development programs over the coming months, including those listed below. Detailed course descriptions can be found on BCFED Health & Safety Centre course calendar (click here). For more information, please contact the BCFED OH&S Centre by phone (1-888-223-5669) or via email (ohsadmin@bcfed.ca).

OH&S Committee Part 1
Various Dates (Jan/Feb 2021)
1 day session | 8:30am-4:30pm
Delivery: Online
Registration: Click here for list of options Mental Health First Aid
Various Dates (March/April 2021)
2 day session | 8:30am-4:30pm
Delivery: In Person (Burnaby)
Registration: Click here for list of options

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

Municipal Pension Plan Redesign Info Webinar Invitation

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MPP REDESIGN

INFO WEBINAR INVITATION

 

CUPE BC will be hosting a series of information webinars for CUPE members on the Plan Partners BC Municipal Pension Plan Redesign changes. If you have members in the MPP, please share this invitation and revised registration links below.

 

Each webinar will be one hour in length with presentations by CUPE National staff, and will provide members with an overview of key changes followed by a Q&A period.  These webinars do not replace the current consultation process being conducted by the Plan Partners, but are to provide CUPE members with further opportunities to learn about the changes. For full details of the Plan Partners MPP Redesign, please direct members to visit mppredesign.ca to ask questions or provide feedback on the changes using the “Ask a Question” feature.  Once again, these sessions are for general information and members seeking specific advice on their retirement planning should consult directly with a personal financial advisor.  

 

Please use the links below to register for the session applicable to your sector. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.       

 

DATES:

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Municipal & Library sectors

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the K-12 sector

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Health & Community Social Services sectors

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Colleges & Universities sectors

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome