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.
Please complete the survey by February 8, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact your local president.


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


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.


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

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 (

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 for additional information.

Municipal Pension Plan 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 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.       




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

Fact Sheet for Filing WorkSafeBC (“WCB”) claims for the 2019-nCoV Coronavirus (“COVID-19”)

The following bulletin is being provided by Brother Tom McKenna, National Representative Specialist in the area of OHS & WCB.


This Fact Sheet provides an overview of how to file a WCB claim for exposure to COVID-19. Please see the “BC Region Guide Filing WorkSafeBC Claims for the Coronavirus” (now called COVID-19) for additional detailed information at


COVID-19 is a virus in the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), although is has a much lower fatality rate than SARS. As per the BC Centre for Disease Control (February 11, 2020) the risk of infection from this virus remains low at this time in BC, subject to updates.


When filing a WCB claim for exposure to COVID-19 some important points to consider include:

  • WCB claims may be adjudicated under Section 5 of the Workers Compensation Act but it is more likely that they will be adjudicated under Section 6 Occupational Disease. There are many different WCB Policies that interpret the Workers Compensation Act and may apply to a claim. Policies 26.00 and 28.00 are most commonly applied by the WCB. Each claim will vary.
  • WCB claims may be for time loss (“wage loss”), healthcare benefits or both.
  • Workers should file the Form 6 – Application for Compensation and Report of Injury or Occupational Disease. The Employer should file the Form 7 – Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease. See
  • The appeal tribunals and WCB have said that the nature of the employment usually must create a risk of contracting the disease to which the public at large is not normally exposed, as one example. Each claim will vary according to the facts.

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Advise the Employer immediately, including incident reports as required.
  • Advise the WCB immediately e.g. by filing the WCB Form 6.
  • The WCB Form 6A is an Employer form that does not initiate a claim.
  • Ask the Employer to file the WCB Form 7 and obtain a copy of the Form 7.
  • Include all relevant information such as the occupation (which may have a higher than average exposure to the COVID-19), duration of exposure, places of exposure, presence of persons with symptoms and / or diagnosed COVID-10, evidence of work causation, etc.
  • Ensure the information in the Form 6 and Form 8 / 11 (Physician’s reporting forms to the WCB) is consistent.
  • Advise the health and safety committee as applicable to address health and safety issues.
  • Obtain clinical records / chart notes from the treating practitioners. Be careful of privacy issues.
  • Have all relevant information available for calls from the WCB e.g. Teleclaim, for consistency.
  • Obtain a copy of the WCB claim file. Ensure the contents are accurate and contain all relevant documents and evidence. Check wage loss, income, and payroll information very carefully.
  • Keep detailed logs of all calls, correspondence, meetings and treatment.

  • Lack of presence of persons with diagnosed COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Limited exposure duration.
  • Prevalence of COVID-19 in the workplace as opposed to the general public.
  • Lack of a confirmed diagnosis.
  • Volunteering as opposed to work related duties.
  • Symptoms and / or diagnosis occurring during periods of time off such as vacation, non-work related travel, etc.
  • Contradictory information in the WCB Form 6, Form 7 and Form 8 / 11.
  • Report any related discipline, retaliation, or claims suppression to both the Local and the WCB.


See the BC Region Guide Filing WorkSafeBC Claims for the Coronavirus for additional detailed information at CUPE BC OHS Committee and WorkSafeBC at Worksafe BC