CUPE to donate $35,000 to relief efforts in Nepal

On April 25, an earthquake devastated the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Thousands have died and the death toll continues to rise with a further 6,500 injured, according to Nepalese officials. Women, children and elderly people sit outside in the cold and wind, while numerous people are still buried and dying under the collapsed buildings.

CUPE has pledged $25,000 to Oxfam international and another $10,000 to the Public Services International (PSI) Nepal relief fund.

“CUPE members have a long tradition of international solidarity. We support the work of Oxfam in their relief efforts in Nepal and lend our support to the relief work of Public Services International,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist.

The immediate priority now is to provide emergency shelter to those left homeless by the earthquake, as well as water and sanitation. PSI affiliates in Nepal have already started carrying out relief work.

“CUPE members are front line workers here in Canada; we understand the importance of public services like health care and clean water. Our international solidarity work is very focused on ensuring those public services are there to help,” said CUPE National Secretary Treasurer Charles Fleury.

The majority of the population of the region have fled their homes fearing the aftershocks and are gathered in the surrounding areas, some in make shift camps.

“We must continue to make it a priority to work together to pressure governments and the United Nations to increase investment in emergency services and skills training. Governments and UN agencies must involve public service workers, increase training, improve health and safety standards, and improve facilities, equipment and communications for the workers dealing with these calamities. Again and again we are proved correct in our arguments, when these disasters take huge tolls of human lives and livelihoods while governments remain inactive,” said Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary.


April 28 Day of Mourning

April 28

In 2014, 203 workers died in BC. On April 28, 2015, CUPE 2081 and the Victoria Labour Council will stand in solidarity with workers across Canada to honour the dead and fight for the safety of the living.

Join speakers from CUPE 2081 and the Victoria Labour Council at the Lansdowne campus of Camosun College to mark the day.

Please join us for the April 28 National Day of Mourning ceremony being held at the West end of the Paul Building starting at 11:00AM. Everyone is welcome.


CUPE Campaign for National Child Care

Below is the latest from CUPE National regarding its ongoing campaign for a National Child Care strategy and to make Child Care more affordable. Your union encourages you to read up on the information, tell your story about the struggles of finding quality affordable child care (if you want to) and help put child care back on the federal agenda!

Thank you for your attention,

In Sol,

Tony Nelson, President
CUPE Local 2081
Camosun College Support Staff

Study after study shows that public spending on child care should be a top priority. The wide-spread and long-lasting economic, social, and health benefits for children, families, and society far outweighs the costs. However, Canada is last among its peer countries on public spending on child care. Despite all the evidence, the federal Conservative government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB).

In 2014, the Harper conservative government announced they would make good on an election pledge that they would allow couples with children under 18 to split up to $50,000 of their income each year up to a maximum of benefit of $2,000.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report, Time To Grow up: Family Policies for the Way We Live Now, shows Canadians that the Conservative income splitting to families with children under 18 would provide no benefit to 89 per cent of all families. Meanwhile the cost to the federal government would be $2 billion in 2015.

Despite the substantial cost, the benefits are quite concentrated and exclude most families. They excluded families without children, single parent families, and two-parent families where both parents are in the same tax bracket. Only three per cent of all families in Canada will get the maximum benefit of income splitting worth $2000. The Conservatives have also promised to increase their much criticized UCCB.

The UCCB will provide $160 a month per child until they are six years of age and $60 a month for each child between ages six and seventeen. It delivers little to families in terms of its stated goal to provide choice in child care arrangements. The benefit does absolutely nothing to address the pressing crisis faced by most families in having available affordable child care.

There is a dire shortage of regulated child care for families across Canada. Canadians are offered a small array of boutique items that cost more and deliver less than a direct investment in a universal child care program would. Such a program would present parents with better options.

The combined cost of income-splitting that benefits the rich and child benefit cheques that don’t buy quality child care, the missed opportunity costs are huge. Canada could accomplish so much more. Child care is perhaps the most significant lever available to governments seeking to help parents balance work and family life. If Canadian governments are concerned about supporting families with children, they would support the growth of quality affordable child care spaces. It is time to rethink child care.


Under maintenance

The CUPE 2081 website is undergoing some changes. From April 13-18 you may see odd formatting, test posts, repeated information, and other unexpected things. We hope to have it back to normal very soon.

Thanks for your patience!

Joint Early Intervention Program (JEIP) committee representative needed

CUPE 2081 is seeking a representative for the Joint Early Intervention Program (JEIP) committee.

Details of the Program and the Terms of Reference can be found here (employee intranet link).

In a nutshell, the JEIP is a completely confidential program that is fully supported by Camosun and your Union, and it provides a proactive service that facilitates a return to work in a caring, safe, and timely manner.

Our JEIP Committee is comprised of equal representation from both the Union and the Employer.

If you are interested in being a CUPE 2081 representative on this committee, please contact your Union office at Local 3665, or at

Joint Early Intervention Program (JEIP) reminder

What do you need to do if you are unable to report to work due to illness or injury –  the process:

Sick 1-5 working days:
Member notifies their supervisor as soon as possible they are not able to report to work due to illness or injury.

Sick 5+ working days:
When a member has been absent for 5 consecutive working days due to medical reasons or is aware that they will need to be off work due to medical reasons for at least 5 consecutive working days (e.g. upcoming surgery with recovery period of 1+ week) – both the employee and supervisor need to contact the JEIP committee.
Voicemail: 250-370-4963

Let the JEIP committee know:
First day of absence
Approximate return to work date
Home phone number of employee

Annual General Meeting: March 26

This March 26, your union will be holding its Annual General Meeting where you will be electing your Executive. We encourage each of you to attend and make you voice heard!  We will be sending out the agenda in the very near future. Please be on the lookout for it!

Positions that are up for election according to our By-Laws are as follows:

Vice-President – 2 Year Term
Secretary-Treasurer – 2 Year Term
Recording Secretary – 2 Year Term
Job Evaluation Coordinator – 2 Year Term
Chief Shop Steward/Office Coordinator – 2 Year Term
Trustee (1 position) – 3 Year Term
Member-At-Large (2 positions) – 1 Year Term
Interurban Campus Steward (By-Election) – 1 Year remaining in term
Vancouver Island District Council (11 positions) – 1 Year Term
Victoria Labour Council (5 positions) – 1 Year term
JOSH CUPE Committee (2 positions) – 1 Year term

If you have any questions about any of the positions, please feel free to contact the CUPE 2081 office or President Tony Nelson