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Posts published in November 2021

PSAC Virtual Vigil – End Violence Against Women – Dec 6

BC Regional PSAC and PSAC's Vancouver Island Regional Women's Committee will be hosting a virtual vigil on December 6 in memory of the women murdered during the 1989 Montreal Massacre. Please see the event details below and the attached poster for more information:

Date:  Monday, December 6, 2021

Time: 5:00-5:40pm PT

Registration: Click here

Event Contact: (250)-953-1050 or urrutim@psac-afpc.com

BCFED Event – Not All Disabilities Are Visible: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Dec 3

The BC Federation of Labour will be sponsoring IDPWD 2021: Not All Disabilities Are Visible, hosted by Sheryl Burns (BCFED Representative for Workers with Disabilities), with guest Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility Dan Coulter. Performances include music by Kristina Sheldon and spoken word by Olivia Dixon. Please see the attached poster for more information.

Online Event: Not All Disabilities are Visible: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 5:30-6:30pm PT

Registration: Click here

Bulletin – Fill out your K-12 provincial bargaining survey TODAY!

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With bargaining for the K-12 Provincial Framework Agreement approaching, your Provincial Bargaining Committee needs your input on bargaining priorities. We are asking you to please CLICK HERE to fill out this survey. It should only take about 15-20 minutes of your time. This survey is your chance to have a say on the priorities of your Provincial Bargaining Committee. Some survey questions that are included are personal in nature.  This is so that we can gain a better understanding of the demographics and needs of our membership and more effectively ensure that employers respect your rights. All answers will be kept CONFIDENTIAL by CUPE, and they WILL NOT be shared with the employer or any other union members. The Provincial Bargaining Committee includes representatives from all regions of B.C. and has developed this survey for all K-12 support staff across the province. The survey results will provide guidance for the Provincial Bargaining Committee as we develop our bargaining proposals. Your answers will be kept confidential, and they will be invaluable to your bargaining committee. The results will also be shared with your Local to help inform bargaining at your Local table. We want to hear your voice! The survey will be open until December 17, 2021. You can access the survey here: survey-sondage.cupe.ca/index.php/664693 Thank you in advance from your Provincial Bargaining Committee! View PDF.

Bulletin – Flood response impacts to K-12 education sector

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Last week’s flooding and mudslides continue to impact CUPE members, our workplaces and our communities. As part of the province’s emergency response, a state-of-emergency has been declared that includes restrictions on travel and fuel. Non-essential travel along severely damaged highways is restricted. There is also a 30-litre limit to retail fuel purchases in southwestern B.C. More information on the state-of-emergency and provincial restriction orders is available on the BC government website.

The 30-litre purchase limit per visit applies to all essential and non-essential workers in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver to Hope), Sea to Sky (Squamish to Pemberton), Sunshine Coast, Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island.

The Ministry of Education is prioritizing keeping students and staff safe and maintaining in-class instruction. Given restrictions on travel and fuel purchases, however, the Ministry is encouraging school districts to have workers who can work from home during the state-of-emergency. Districts are also encouraged to defer all meetings and events that can’t be held virtually. School districts directly impacted by non-essential travel restrictions and road closures are working to find alternate transport options to reduce traffic, such as inter-region shuttle busses.

School district vehicles, such as buses, are exempt from the 30-litre limit. Branded vehicles that need to purchase retail fuel will be able to do so. Unbranded school district vehicles will require a letter of certification to purchase retail fuel beyond the 30-litre limit (these letters will be issued by school districts shortly).

All workers that continue to work in schools and other K-12 system workplaces in southwest B.C. are encouraged to carpool, use public transportation or other alternate transport options whenever possible.

The Ministry of Education has prepared a Q&A on the impact of the fuel and travel restrictions on the K-12 system,   and online at bcschools.cupe.ca.

CUPE BC Disaster Relief Fund

CUPE BC has established a Disaster Relief Fund to support CUPE members impacted by the recent catastrophic floods and mudslides.

Any CUPE members in B.C. experiencing hardship due to recent floods are invited to apply for CUPE BC funding support through their Local.

All CUPE Locals and District Councils in B.C. are encouraged to contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund if they are able.

View PDF.