Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism – May 10th

On behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress

Greetings,

The City of Burnaby is the first city in Canada to officially declare May 10, 2021, the “Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism”. Stand With Asians Coalition (SWAC), which brings allies together to raise awareness and to combat anti-Asian racism, is organizing a nationwide Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism E Rally via Zoom on May 10 at 5 PM PT/ 8 PM ET. To sign up for the rally, please click here. Please note the rally will be in English.

SWAC has also put out a call to action through the following options:

1. Endorse the City of Burnaby’s proclamation. To do so, please contact SWAC organizer, Doris Mah, at 604-729-3107 or doriswkmah@gmail.com.

2. Please tell your members about the Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism E Rally and share the sign up link shared above.

3. Social Media Posting:

  • Post about the rally and take a selfie with one of the rally signs (signs are attached here in PDF form, please send them along to your members)
  • Post your selfie on your social media and please tag SWAC’s Facebook page
  • Draft caption you can use when posting: “Join us on May 10 (5 PM PT/ 8 PM ET) the National Action Against Anti-Asian Racism E Rally Via Zoom”

In solidarity.

CUPE BC Legislative Update – May 2021

On behalf of the Legislative Coordinator, CUPE BC

PAID VACCINATION LEAVE: The provincial government recently passed legislation that entitles employees to up to three hours of paid leave to receive a vaccination against COVID‐19. The new provision is effective retroactive to April 19, 2021. The full new language can be found here.

THRONE SPEECH COMMITS TO SUPPORTING PEOPLE: Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin delivered the Throne Speech on April 12, which explains the government’s priorities for this legislative session, focused on recovery, housing, affordable childcare, expanding support for mental health care and tackling inequality and discrimination. The Throne Speech highlighted the work of K-12 support staff, including education assistance, clerical workers, custodial staff and school bus drivers for the work they have done keeping schools open safely and committed to continued investments in keeping schools safe and classrooms well supported

BUDGET 2021 FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY: The provincial budget was released in April and is focused on strategic investments in priority areas, such as K-12 public education and childcare, while laying the groundwork for post-pandemic economic recovery. The budget also provides significant funding to address the opioid overdose crisis, increases income assistance and disability rates and provides new investments in transportation.

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: The minimum wage will increase to $15.20 an hour on June 1, 2021. Also, the lower liquor server minimum wage will be replaced by the provincial minimum wage. Currently over 13% of all workers in British Columbia earned less than $15 an hour.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION: The current legislative session is scheduled to continue until June 17.

National Day of Mourning

Today is the National Day of Mourning. Each year we take a moment of time to reflect on workers who have lost their lives serving their community. This year is another year where we reflect on the added risks for workers during a global pandemic. We must keep fighting for the health and safety of all workers in BC and in Canada.

Visit dayofmourning.bc.ca to watch or share a video message, or to view the digital memorial wall.
BCFED will be hosting an online commemoration ceremony today at 10:30am; please visit the event page by clicking here

Legislative Update – April 2021

From CUPE BC, the Legislative Coordinator’s report

Job-Protected Leave for Vaccination or COVID-19 Caretaking: Part-time and full-time workers can now take the time needed to travel and receive the vaccine or to take a dependent family member to receive the vaccine. Also, workers can now take job-protected leave if they need to care for other family members because of COVID-19, and not only a child or dependent adult as previously defined. Improvements also allow workers with underlying conditions, who are undergoing treatment or who have contracted another illness that makes them more susceptible to COVID-19, to take the leave.

Community Partnerships Support Vaccination Efforts: More than 1400 tourism and hospitality workers will be employed in vaccination clinics through partnership with the provincial government. CUPE workers from Air Canada, Pacific National Exhibition, and WestJet who have been laid off due to the pandemic will have the opportunity to provide their expertise and support as nonclinical staff at immunization clinics to help people move through the clinics efficiently and safely. Some municipalities will also be helping with contributions of staff, furniture and supplies.

Basic Income Report: The Basic Income Expert Panel released its report with 65 recommendations. They do not recommend moving to a straight system basic income, but instead recommend stronger public programs and supports combined with a basic income or guaranteed minimum income for target groups, such as our most vulnerable citizens. The report also recommended a number of improvements to address precarious work through increased worker rights. The full report can be found here.

Local Election Campaign Financing Rules Strengthened: New changes for local elections, which will take effect for the 2022 Local Government Elections, will extend the pre-campaign from 29 days to 89 days, limit sponsorship contributions to $1200, require elector organizations to register with Elections BC, and provide Elections BC with new investigative tools to support investigations and additional penalties. Elector organizations will also be required to register with Elections BC and complete annual financial reports. They will also be banned from accepting no one campaign contributions to pay for operational expenses in non-election years. More information can be found here.

Assistance Rates Permanently Increased: Starting with payments issued in April 2021, individuals on income assistance and disability assistance will automatically receive a permanent $175 per month increase. This will benefit more than 300,000 British Columbians who receive income assistance and disability assistance. There will also be an increase to the senior supplement of $50 per recipient, which represents the first increase to this supplement since 1987.

Legislative session: The Spring legislative session, which began on March 1, is on a two-week constituency break and will resume on April 12 with a Throne Speech and the budget will be delivered on April 20. The house will then continue sitting until June 17.

Staff Development Fund Update

*This is no April Fool’s joke!*

After two years of reduced Staff Development (SD) allotments, we are excited to announce the SD fund is doing well again!
This means the SD fund will be increasing from the $1000 max back to $2000 max (per member) for the April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 fiscal year. Of this $2000, up to $500 can be used towards recreation.

Additionally, it was agreed at Labour Management to allow for a pilot program to include Wellness Apps as an approved activity! We are excited to allow a maximum of $100 (out of your $2000 allotment) to be used to cover Wellness Apps (for phone, laptop, or tablet). These apps are subject to review and approval, so please review the table below for information:

If you have questions about the SD Fund, please contact Shelley Butler, Education Coordinator: Butler@camosun.bc.ca

Municipal Pension Plan – Informational Webinars Available

Please see a list of links and resources to upcoming changes to the Municipal Pension Plan!
CUPE 2081 Members are affected. Please direct questions you may have to MPP, not CUPE 2081. Contact information for MPP linked below!

MPP Approaching Retirement Webinar
Are you planning for or within five years of retirement? This 75-minute webinar will help you learn more about your pension. Webinars are hosted using Zoom. You can find more information about using Zoom in your registration confirmation email. Different dates available, please click link to choose and register:
https://pensionsbc.arlo.co/w/mp/events/99-mpp-approaching-retirement-webinar

MPP Making the Most of Your Pension Plan
Are you establishing your career or several years away from retirement? Learn how the decisions you make throughout your career can affect your pension in this 75-minute webinar. Webinars are hosted using Zoom. You can find more information about using Zoom in your registration confirmation email. Different dates available, please click link to choose and register:
https://pensionsbc.arlo.co/w/mp/events/102-mpp-making-the-most-of-your-pension-webinar

MPP – Have Questions or Need Help?
https://mpp.pensionsbc.ca/web/municipal/contact-us

AGM Election Outcomes

Greetings CUPE Local 2081 Members!

Thank you to all the members that were able to attend Monday night’s AGM! Below is a list of election results for positions that were available.
We look forward to serving the membership!

ELECTIONS

2 year terms

  • Vice President: SHANE JOHNSON (elected)
  • Secretary Treasurer: PETTY WONG (acclaimed)
  • Recording Secretary: MICHEL TURCOTTE (acclaimed)
  • Lead Shop Steward/Office Coordinator: ERYNNE GRANT (acclaimed)
  • Job Evaluation Coordinator: MILO ANSTEY (acclaimed)

1 year terms

  • Member at Large: RANBIR PRIHAR (acclaimed)
  • Member at Large: NAJI YAZDI (acclaimed)
  • Campus Shop Steward: JESSE SCOTT (acclaimed)
  • Campus Shop Steward: SHIRLEY WENDLAND (acclaimed)
  • Health and Safety Committee members elected at the Annual General Meeting: QUINN PARK and NANCY-ELLEN MABEY (acclaimed)

3 year term

  • Trustee: MELISSA DAVIDSON (acclaimed)

Vancouver Island District Council (VIDC)

Representative: SHANE JOHNSON
Representative: KEITH TODD
Representative: MICHEL TURCOTTE
Representative: PAMELA VIVIAN
Representative: APRIL ATKINS
Representative: JESSE SCOTT
Representative: vacant
Representative: vacant
Representative: vacant
Representative: vacant

 Victoria Labour Council (VLC)

Representative: PAMELA VIVIAN
Representative: SHANE JOHNSON
Representative: NICOLE REINELT
Representative: APRIL ATKINS

CUPE BC Convention

CUPE 2081 at the CUPE BC Provincial Convention on May 19-21 2021. Five (5) Members elected by the membership to attend, plus President Keith Todd.
Elected Members:

ERYNNE GRANT
SHANE JOHNSON
JESSE SCOTT
JAYME WILKINSON
APRIL ATKINS

 

In solidarity.

Annual General Meeting – This Monday @5pm

Greetings CUPE Local 2081 Members!

We invite you to attend the Annual General Membership meeting via Zoom on MONDAY, MARCH 22nd @ 5pm. This is your opportunity to participate in electing executive members who will be your union representatives over the next two years. Zoom link has been sent out via CUPE-ALL so check your inbox!

Below is a list of positions up for election at this AGM. Below that you will find the meeting agenda, 2019’s AGM minutes, executive member’s annual reports! Please check CUPE-ALL for extra documentation. Lots of information to get you prepped for the meeting!

ELECTIONS

2 year terms

  • Vice President: SHANE JOHNSON (incumbent)
  • Secretary Treasurer: PETTY WONG (incumbent)
  • Recording Secretary: MICHEL TURCOTTE (incumbent)
  • Lead Shop Steward/Office Coordinator: ERYNNE GRANT (incumbent)
  • Job Evaluation Coordinator: MILO ANSTEY (incumbent)

1 year terms

  • Member at Large: vacant
  • Member at Large: ALESHA PETERS (incumbent)
  • Campus Shop Steward: JESSE SCOTT (incumbent)
  • Campus Shop Steward: NAJI YAZDI (incumbent)
  • Health and Safety Committee members elected at the Annual General Meeting: ANA-MARIA GARCIA and NANCY-ELLEN MABEY (incumbents)

3 year term

Trustee: vacant (2021-2024)
Trustee: LAURA MOORE
Trustee: CARRIE CHARLESWORTH

Vancouver Island District Council (VIDC)

Representative: VACANT
Representative: SHANE JOHNSON
Representative: KEITH TODD
Representative: MICHEL TURCOTTE
Representative: PAMELA VIVIAN
Representative: VACANT
Representative: MELISSA DAVIDSON
Representative: vacant
Representative: vacant
Representative: vacant

 Victoria Labour Council (VLC)

Representative: PAMELA VIVIAN
Representative: SHANE JOHNSON
Representative: CHARLES CAMPBELL
Representative: vacant

CUPE BC Convention

Membership to elect 5 delegates to represent CUPE 2081 at the CUPE BC Provincial Convention on May 19-21 2021. (President plus 5 delegates).

EXECUTIVE REPORTS/AGENDA/MINUTES

2021.03.22 Agenda.AGM
2019.03.28 Annual General Meeting Minutes

2021.03.22 Vice President – Shane Johnson
2021.03.22 Labour Relations Lead & Office Coordinator – Erynne Grant
2021.03.22 Recording Secretary – Michel Turcotte
2021.03.22 Education Coordinator – Shelley Butler
2021.03.22 Interurban Campus Shop Steward – Naji Yazdi
2021.03.22 Lansdowne Campus Shop Steward – Jesse Scott
2021.03.22 OHS Coordinator – April Atkins
2021.03.22 Job Evaluation Coordinator – Milo Anstey
2021.03.22 Member at Large – Alesha Peters
2021.03.22 Member At Large – Shirley Wendland
2021.03.22 Communications Officer – Jayme Wilkinson
2021.3.22 Board of Governors Representative – Joanne Cumberland

 

We hope to see you on the screen Monday night!

CUPE Service Improvement Fund (SIF)

From Shelley Butler (Education Coordinator) & Erynne Grant (Labour Relations Officer)

Further to ratification of the new CUPE 2081 collective agreement, (for the term of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022), this email is to provide you with an update with respect to the CUPE Service Improvement (SIF) Fund: The Service Improvement (SI) Fund is for specific types of employee training and professional development activities that will enhance the delivery of services to students.

The Service Improvement (SIF) fund is a separate fund to the long-standing Staff Development (SD) Fund and is guided by different principles.

  • The current CUPE Service Improvement Fund Guidelines and Application Form are posted under our “Resources” tab, and will be added to the Camosun Intranet shortly.
  • Actively employed CUPE Local 2081 members who have successfully passed probation may apply for potential funding and will be considered based on the information and criteria provided in the CUPE Service Improvement Fund Guidelines.
  • The Fund may be accessed by individual and/or groups of CUPE employees who have an interest in pursuing training/professional development activities which align with the Purpose of the Fund.

 

 Which Fund Should You Apply to?

SD

SI

CUPE Staff Development Fund

CUPE Service Improvement Fund

Explore your passion

Services to Students

Pursuit of employee additional education and/or professional developmental goals 

Employee training and professional development activities that enhance the delivery of services to students 

$1,000* Current Annual Max.

Pre/Post Approval Options

$1,250** Yearly Max. for Single Applications

Pre-Approval Strongly Recommended 

  • Courses/ Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Recreational Activities 
  • Courses/ Workshops
  • Conferences 

Examples of Types of Activities: 

  • Yoga
  • Art & Music Lessons
  • Toastmasters
  • Astronomy course
  • Learn to Sail course
  • Run a Small Business course

Examples of Types of Activities:

  •  Indigenous Cultural Competencies
  • Mental Health and Crisis Management
  • Accommodations and other training to support accessible learning for persons with disabilities, communications, conflict resolution, etc.

(i.e. Job Related Education/Skills Training that enhance delivery of services to students)

Collective Agreement Reference:

Article 30:  Staff Development and Training

Collective Agreement Reference:

Letter of Agreement: Service Improvement Fund (2019-2022 collective agreement)

 *$1,000 current (2020-2021 fiscal) annual maximum of which $250 can be used toward recreation activities.

**$1,250 individual maximum request amount. Note there are group funds available. 

CUPE 2081 Members may also apply to the SD fund to potentially cover any expenses not covered by the SI fund. Reimbursement for such expenses will be based on all eligibility requirements for each fund including timelines, annual maximums, and availability of funding, etc.

For more information contact Shelley Butler, Education Coordinator at butler@camosun.bc.ca or Erynne Grant, Labour Relations Office at cupe2081@camosun.bc.ca