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.

Compulsory Trades Certification System

A Message from BCFED:

Dear friends,

The BC government is reintroducing a compulsory trades certification system in BC called Skilled Trades Certification. Announcement details and a technical briefing can be found here. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0039-001140. This is a critical announcement for trades workers in BC, and it will translate into better jobs and more employment security for thousands of workers across our province.  

Now we need your support to ensure the BC government rolls out the strongest program possible. Parliamentary Secretary Mercier has launched a consultation process, including a series of round table discussions. These are happening imminently and there are still spots to fill. The BC NDP government would like to hear from uncertified trades workers to learn how they can best support them through this transition. We are asking for your help to reach out these workers.  

In particular they would like to hear from workers in the 10 initially impacted trades:  

·         mechanical: gasfitter Class A and B, steamfitter/pipefitter, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker;  

·         electrical: powerline technician, industrial electrician, and electrician (construction); and  

·         automotive: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician. 

If you are in contact with uncertified trades workers or have suggestions for how the BC NDP government can better reach out to these workers, please contact me at rarora@bcfed.ca.

Thank you so much for considering this request,

In solidarity,

Rohini (Reah) Arora ਰੋਹਿਨੀ ਅਰੋੜਾ she/her

Director of Organizing & Campaigns 

CUPE BC: Updates/Announcements

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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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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