2022 Scholarship Application Information

If you have a child who is graduating from Secondary School in 2022, you may wish to apply for a scholarship from your union, CUPE Local 716. This year we have a total of four (4) $500 scholarships available for the children of CUPE 716 members: two for Academic, one for Trades, and one for Fine Arts.

To apply, please make a copy of the Application Form which accompanies this message. Complete the application and mail or deliver the completed form to the union office, together with these two things only:

1) A sealed Diploma Verification Report (if the school is on MyEd) or a sealed transcript of marks and the most recent report card
(if the school is not on MyEd)

2) a covering letter

Any other attachments will be disregarded

Please note application deadlines on the information sheet and application sheet found below:

New survey on women’s access to appropriate PPE

Personal protective equipment is designed for men. This means it can be hard for women to get PPE that fits appropriately.  

As part of CUPE’s ongoing work on this issue, the Health and Safety Branch is asking all members who use PPE at work to fill out a new survey from the Canadian Standards Association. The survey is part of a research project on whether work-mandated PPE is meeting the needs of Canadian women. The findings of the project will be used to update PPE standards.  

To continue reading: https://cupe.ca/new-survey-womens-access-appropriate-ppe?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CUPEToday

Employment Standards Branch Updates – Paid Illness Leave

With the changes to the Employment Standards Act on January 1, 2022 we have seen an increase in questions from our Members about what exactly this means for them.  Please see the FAQ below put together by BCPSEA. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Shop Steward.

What is Black Excellence Day?

From the Black Excellence Day website:

After supporting “Black Shirt Day,” which received overwhelming support around  the world on January 15, 2021,  the members of Ninandotoo Society created the Black Excellence Day initiative. We chose to create our own event after consulting with various community members, including Centre for Israel and Jewish AffairsVancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and BC Human Rights Commission, who all voiced that the words ‘Black shirt’ and seeing people march wearing black shirts brought up traumatic experiences of Holocaust survivors.

Being truly anti-racist is about inclusion for all and Black Excellence Day was born. Despite moving away from “Black Shirt Day,” the meaning of Black Excellence Day remains the same: acknowledging the ongoing civil rights struggle of Black and racialized Canadians and fighting for mandatory curriculum on Black history.

To find out more, go to: https://blackexcellenceday.ca/

A special May Day edition of Public Employee – featuring members’ voices and images.

Last call for people to enter their submissions for the special CUPE BC May Day edition of Public Employee! We know we have many talented members out there, and would love to see you highlighted. Please see the letter below from Karen and Trevor, or download the full package for more details.

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Highlights of the December 2021 National Executive Board meeting

Our National Executive Board (NEB) met December 14-16, 2021 in Ottawa, with some members joining virtually. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions.

Read the NEB highlights online

National President’s Report and National Secretary-Treasurer’s Report to the December 2021 National Executive Board meeting

Read the National President’s Report online

Read the National Secretary-Treasurer’s Report online

CUPEBC News Release: School support workers call for daytime cleaning

Burnaby – With students returning to B.C. classrooms, the union representing over 30,000 school support workers is calling for additional measures to reduce absences due to COVID-19 and other illnesses, in particular adding daytime cleaning. In the face of the Omicron variant and the Public Health Officer advising school districts to prepare for functional closures, CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta says steps like bolstering daytime custodial service can minimize disruptions to in-person learning.

 “I join CUPE’s school support members in welcoming students back to our schools. The work our members do is vital to protecting these clean and healthy spaces for our students,” says Ranalletta. “Very few schools in B.C.’s K-12 system have daytime custodians. Regular daytime cleaning could greatly reduce other illness and alleviate pressures on our school system already dealing with the surge in COVID cases. But these vital services are missing from the vast majority of schools.”

To read more: click here