Federal Election – September 20th, 2021

REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN FROM CUPE BC

The federal election is swiftly drawing to a close and the race in BC is as tight as ever. As you may have seen in recent polls, we are likely headed towards another minority government where Jagmeet Singh and the NDP can put forward a progressive vision of Canada by holding the balance of power. 

We have several key ridings in our region and there are upcoming events to help ensure we continue to have progressive representation in Ottawa after September 20. 

The event details are as follows:

Labour Canvass with New West District Labour Council

Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge – Phil Klapwyk 

September 17 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm 

22386 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge 

Link: https://fb.me/e/1PCMqeyMX 

 

Labour Canvass with Vancouver District Labour Council

Vancouver Granville – Anjali Appadurai 

September 18 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm 

5590 Victoria Drive, Vancouver 

Link: https://fb.me/e/2LG4uzDLe 

 

CUPE Leaflet Drop with CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies

Burnaby North-Seymour – Jim Hanson 

September 19 – 2pm to 5pm 

4340 Hastings Street, Vancouver 

Link: https://fb.me/e/2CnAfTL86 

Please note that each of the events has a Facebook link where you can get the details and sign-up to attend.

If you are interested in participating but are new to this work or are nervous to speak to voters, please know that we can pair you up with someone who will do that talking. Also, the final event is simply a leaflet drop at which we will just be dropping off materials to the doors of known supporters. We will do our best to accommodate anyone who wants to participate in a way they feel most comfortable! 

Any questions about these events can be directed to the CUPE Election Coordinator for BC, Steve Beasley, at sbeasley@cupe.ca or 778-903-7394.

Participate in the survey for CUPE’s National Safe Union Spaces Working Group

Brothers, sisters, and friends,

Earlier this year, CUPE created a National Safe Union Spaces Working Group to address serious concerns about gender-based violence and other forms of harassment and discrimination in our union.

Our Working Group, advised by expert external consultants, has been reviewing CUPE’s existing tools and processes, identifying gaps where we need changes or additional resources to ensure safer union spaces for all members.

As part of this important effort, we are launching a survey. The survey will be open for two weeks (closing September 28).

We encourage you to participate in this survey, and to share it widely in your CUPE networks, including social media. Your active participation in the distribution of this survey will be key to the project’s success.

We acknowledge that these issues are widespread. All of us must work together to change this situation. We need you to help us identify actions we can take and policies we can adopt to make CUPE more welcoming for every member.

Violence, harassment, and discrimination seriously undermine union solidarity. Until all of us are safe, none of us are safe.

In solidarity,

The National Safe Union Spaces Working Group

Judy Henley
Sherry Hillier
Lee-Anne Kalen
Yolanda McClean
Nan McFadgen
Debra Merrier
Barb Nederpel
Carole Neill
Karen Ranalletta
Candace Rennick

Presidents Report – September 2021

Greetings Brothers, Sisters and Friends,

Welcome back to our 10 month members. Thanks to all our twelve month members for getting schools ready for school opening. Hopefully everyone had a chance to enjoy the weather and got through the heat wave safely. Speaking of heat; we have had discussions with the employer on having a plan to deal with future heat waves. 

Covid.

I’m sure we were all hopeful after restrictions were lifted July 1st things were going to get better. Well, we are in the fourth wave and all the stress and anxiety is upon us again unfortunately. We have met with the employer to discuss school startup. We have, as a union, very little control over processes mandated by Worksafe andthe Public Health Officer. We are always here to advocate to our fullest capability for your safety and well being. I am sure things will evolve and change daily. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.

We would like to see stricter controls such as masks for all ages of students. Physical distancing, cohorts and any othermeasures to keep us safe. But as I said that is beyond our control. Remember to report any unsafe working conditions to your Supervisor and site safety committee.

I hope to see everyone in person soon but for now we will continue ourUnion meetings on Zoom.

In Solidarity,

Ian Hillman

CUPE 716 President

Labour Day Message from CUPEBC

A Labour Day message from Karen Ranalletta, CUPEBC President:

 

This Labour Day, let’s pause to reflect and recharge, then continue our fight for stronger communities

Happy Labour Day to all the more than 100,000 CUPE members in B.C.! I hope this important day gives you the opportunity to spend some time with your families and friends—subject to pandemic restrictions, of course—and to reflect on the contributions working people have made by forming unions and fighting for a better world for all. 

Read more here..

 

CUPE National Vaccine Mandate Guidelines

Please take a moment to read through CUPE National’s position on Vaccines as we head back into the schools for the 2021-2022 School Year.  Taken from CUPE National – Vaccine Mandate Guidelines

 

COVID-19 has been with us for more than 18 months now, and CUPE members across the country have been on the frontline of this pandemic from the beginning.

The pandemic has been exhausting for our members, but there is an end in sight – if enough people get vaccinated. Vaccinations against COVID-19 are safe and effective and readily available, and uptake across the country has been strong. But with new and prevalent variants causing a fourth wave of infection across the country, we need to do better.

CUPE has always encouraged our members to get vaccinated at their earliest opportunity, for the protection of ourselves, our coworkers, and the members of the public accessing the services our members provide. Everyone who can, should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

CUPE welcomes efforts to ensure safer workplaces and increase vaccination rates. This includes increasing vaccine accessibility for workers, accommodating workers who are not yet fully vaccinated, and the small number of those who cannot be.

Governments and employers across the country are discussing vaccine mandates for our workplaces. The following principles should guide CUPE representatives and locals when dealing with workplace vaccine mandates:

  • Everyone who can get vaccinated against COVID-19 should.
  • Governments and employers need to consult with unions before finalizing and implementing vaccine policies. Locals should reach out to employers proactively and make it clear that the union expects to be consulted about any vaccine policy changes.
  • Vaccination programs are most effective when they include strong elements of education and encouragement. Locals should work with employers and public health to provide vaccine education materials or presentations.
  • Vaccines are an important part of ensuring our workplaces are safe for everyone, and CUPE has always placed a priority on our members’ health and safety. Our members have the right to be safe at work, and people have the right to receive public services in a safe environment.
  • Vaccine policies are not a replacement for personal protective equipment, proper ventilation, and thorough cleaning regimes.
  • Unvaccinated workers need to be provided with an opportunity to speak confidentially with a medical professional so they can better understand the benefits of vaccination. Employers should accommodate these appointments.
  • Vaccine policies must accommodate the small number of workers who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons protected under human rights legislation.
  • As a union, we recognize our obligation to those members who are not vaccinated.
  • Measures such as alternate work arrangements, screening, and pro-active testing before entering the workplace can be effective.
  • Harassment and shaming of workers who refuse vaccination is never appropriate.

CUPE has been receiving many questions from members concerning COVID-19 vaccines. This document addresses some of the most frequently asked questions. More information can be found here.