CRA Announces New Rules for Working-From-Home Tax Deduction

From CBC News

The Canada Revenue Agency has simplified the rules to make millions of Canadians working from home eligible for a tax deduction.

Under the new rules, those who worked from home more than 50 per cent of the time over a period of at least four consecutive weeks in 2020 as a result of the pandemic will be now be eligible for the deduction.

Eligible employees who opt for the simplified deduction will be able to claim $2 for each day they worked from home during that period, plus any other days they worked from home because of the pandemic, up to a maximum of $400. Their employers will not have to sign a special form.

More than one person living at the same address can claim the deduction as long as each one qualifies for it.

For more information, please read the full CBC article here.

 

 

CUPE 2081 General Membership Meeting and Social – Dec 16

We will be holding a CUPE 2081 General Membership Meeting Wednesday, December 16th @ 5pm!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 16th – 5:00-6:00pm
Where: via Zoom (please refer to the CUPE-ALL email that went out containing the link)
*Note that our Zoom subscription holds a max of 100 people at a time in a Zoom meeting. The first 100 people in will be on the call – please make sure to mute your mics.
Please email cupe2081@camosun.bc.ca if you require the link again.

Please click on the links below to review the agenda, motion information, and executive reports for the upcoming meeting.

2020.12.16-General Membership Meeting Agenda
2020.10.07 – General Membership Meeting Minutes
Kim Manton Memorial Scholarship – enclosure
Kim Manton Scholarship Fund-
BCFED Convention Resolution Book 2020
Dec 6 Memorial Letter – request for support and poster for distribution to Union members
Motion Info – Post Secondary Cost Share Campaign
Motion Info – PSE & Restart Info
Motion Info – MADD & United Way Info

2020.12.03- Health and Safety
2020.12.03-LR and Office Report
2020.12.03- Communications Officer Report
2020.11.18 Board Report
2020.12.03-Vice President Report
2020-12-03-Education Report

Hoping to “see” you Wednesday!

BC Recovery Benefit

BC announced today that they are rolling out a Recovery Benefit for BC residents.

Please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/recovery-benefit

Benefit rates

The amount you’re eligible for will be automatically calculated based on your income when you apply.

Families and single parents

  • $1,000 for eligible families and single parents with a net income of up to $125,000
  • Reduced benefit amount for eligible families and single parents with a net income of up to $175,000

The benefit defines a family as an individual and their spouse or common-law partner, unless they are separated. Both people must be residents of B.C.

The benefit defines a single parent as an individual who is the principal caregiver to at least one child.

Individuals

  • $500 for eligible individuals with a net income of up to $62,500
  • Reduced benefit amount for eligible individuals with a net income of up to $87,500

General eligibility criteria

Generally, the benefit is available to people:

If you receive a payment and we later determine that you’re not eligible for it, you will be required to repay it.

Note: If you’re applying for the family benefit, your spouse or common-law partner must also meet the general eligibility criteria.

Please visit the Government website for full information.

CUPE BC’s Legislative Update as of Nov 27

On behalf of CUPE BC:

Legislative Update – November 27, 2020

Final Results: Following a judicial recount, the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding was determined to have been won by incumbent BC Liberal Jordan Sturdy by 60 votes. This reduces the BC Green seat count to two, but following changes in a previous legislative session, they will retain official party status.
 
New Provincial Orders: Effective November 19, 2020, all indoor or outdoor events are prohibited, with limited exceptions. Social gatherings at residences are limited to only those who reside there. All businesses and worksites must conduct active daily screening of all on-site workers. Workers and customers must wear masks in common indoor spaces. Employers should support work from home options wherever possible. More information can be found here.
 
NDP Caucus Sworn In: The 57 BC NDP Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), including Premier Horgan, were sworn in as members of the NDP caucus. With 29 women, this is the first governing caucus in Canadian history to have a majority of women and is also the most diverse caucus.
 
New Interim Liberal Party Leader: Following the resignation of Andrew Wilkinson, Prince George – Valemount MLA Shirley Bond has been elected interim party leader for the BC Liberals. First elected in 2001 she has previously served in a number of ministerial roles including Deputy Premier.
 
New Cabinet: Premier John Horgan announced the new cabinet which includes 20 ministers and four ministers of state. Gender representation remains balanced. The cabinet is supported in its work by 13 parliamentary secretaries, with portfolios including Rural Development, Anti-Racism, and Technology and Innovation. You can find their bios and mandate letters here  The cabinet and parliamentary secretaries are as follows:

Premier:
John Horgan

Attorney General (and Minister Responsible For Housing): David Eby

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Anti-Racism Initiatives: Rachna Singh

Advanced Education and Skills Training: Anne Kang

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Skills Training: Andrew Mercier

Agriculture, Food and Fisheries: Lana Popham

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Fisheries and Aquaculture: Fin Donnelly

Citizens’ Services: Lisa Beare

Children and Family Development: Mitzi Dean

  • Minister of State for Child Care: Katrina Chen

Education: Jennifer Whiteside

Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (and Minister Responsible for the Consular Corps of British Columbia): Bruce Ralston

Environment and Climate Change Strategy (and Minister Responsible for Translink): George Heyman

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Environment: Kelly Greene

Finance: Selina Robinson

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Gender Equity: Grace Lore

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development: Katrine Conroy

  • Minister of State for Lands, Natural Resource Operations: Nathan Cullen
  • Parliamentary Secretary – Rural Development: Roly Russell

Health (and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs): Adrian Dix

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Seniors Services and Long Term Care: Mable Elmore

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation: Murray Rankin

Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation: Ravi Kahlon

  • Minister of State for Trade: George Chow
  • Parliamentary Secretary – Technology and Innovation: Brenda Bailey

Labour: Harry Bains

  • Parliamentary Secretary – New Economy: Adam Walker

Mental Health and Addictions: Sheila Malcolmson

Municipal Affairs: Josie Osborne

Public Safety and Solicitor General: Mike Farnworth

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Emergency Preparedness: Jennifer Rice

Social Development and Poverty Reduction: Nicholas Simons

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Community Development and Non-Profits: Niki Sharma
  • Parliamentary Secretary – Accessibility: Dan Coulter

Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport: Melanie Mark

  • Parliamentary Secretary – Arts and Film: Bob D’Eith

Transportation and Infrastructure: Rob Fleming

  • Minister of State for Infrastructure: Bowinn Ma

 

Legislative Session: The next legislative session will begin with a Throne Speech on December 7.

BCFED Urges Compliance With Newest PHO for Worker’s Safety

A message from The BC Federation of Labour:

BCFED: Public Health Order compliance necessary to keep workers safe

(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) – BC’s labour movement is urging British Columbians to comply with new regional health orders, to address rising COVID-19 cases across the Lower Mainland and keep workers safe.

“The new restrictions are targeted to the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authorities, but we urge British Columbians in every area of the province to be vigilant,” said Laird Cronk, President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED). “This is a critical time for public health and for our economy. If we want to avoid a further lockdown, our focus must be on keeping workers safe.”

Essential and front-line workers are continuing to play a critical role during this pandemic, Cronk said. “From grocery stores to hospitals, workers are taking care of us and we are all responsible for keeping them safe — including the BC government and its agencies, as well as employers and the public.”

The BC government, Provincial Health Office and Workers’ Compensation Board must ensure the new health orders are followed, Cronk said. “This should include increased inspections to enforce the orders and the issuing of appropriate penalties and fines if an employer fails to ensure a safe workplace.” The BCFED continues to call on the province to provide WCB prevention officers with all the tools and resources required to ensure they can enforce PHO orders in workplaces.

The newest public health order is clear in requiring employers to review and redouble their efforts on their COVID-19 safety plans, Cronk said. “Employers have a responsibility to collaborate with workers through health and safety committees: to develop and review safety plans, communicate those plans and make sure workers have the resources and training they need,” he said.

“Health and safety committees are the backbone of safe workplaces, and joint committees and worker representatives are required in most workplaces in BC. Workers are in the best position to identify hazards, conduct risk assessments and put solutions into practice. Effective plans are built on joint participation and strong communication.”

And finally, he said, the public has a responsibility too. “Failing to follow health orders both at home and when shopping and accessing services in their community puts workers at risk,” he said. “Everyone should be maintaining the appropriate physical distance and wearing masks when appropriate. Workplace rules are there to protect workers and to help keep us all safe. They must be respected.”

Eight months into this pandemic, everyone is feeling the strain, Cronk said. “We are very concerned about the risk of occupational disease, but we’re also seeing an increase in mental health injuries — both in the traditional workplace and among those working from home. Government, the PHO, WCB and employers have a crucial role in providing services and supports for workers who may be experiencing mental health conditions.

“We’ll only be successful in overcoming this pandemic when we all work together.”

Legislative Update – Election Edition: Final Results

Legislative Update – Election Final Results

On behalf of CUPE BC’s Legislative Coordinator

With all ballots counted, the BC NDP has been confirmed to have won a majority government. This will be the first NDP majority government in British Columbia since 1996. It is also the first time an NDP Premier was re-elected in BC history. John Horgan’s BC NDP gained 16 new seats in the legislature and received 47.7% of the popular vote, an increase from 40% in the 2017 election. The absentee and mail-in ballots definitely favoured the NDP, who received 52.5% of these votes, compared to 30.9% for the Liberals and 14.7% for the Greens.

 Final Results

  • Seat Count: NDP 57, Liberals 28, Greens 2
  • There were three seats that changed with the counting of the mail-in ballots:
    • Abbotsford-Mission – Liberal incumbent Simon Gibson was defeated by the NDP’s Pam Alexis.
    • Vernon-Monashee – NDP candidate Harwinder Sandhu defeated Liberal Eric Foster in a quick historic win.
    • West Vancouver – Sea to Sky – Green candidate Jeremy Valeriote, who was in the lead on election day, was defeated by Liberal incumbent Jordan Sturdy by less than 1/500 of the total ballots (41). As such, a judicial recount is required, which will be done in the coming days.

 CUPE Candidates

Congratulations to all the CUPE members and staff who were elected:

  • CUPE member Lisa Beare and former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Local 4078) was re-elected in her riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
  • CUPE National Representative Rachna Singh was declared re-elected in Surrey-Green Timbers.
  • CUPE member Dan Coulter (Local 3787) broke through to be elected in Chilliwack.
  • CUPE member Henry Yao (Local 1936) won a seat in Richmond – South Centre.
  • HEU Secretary – Business Manager Jennifer Whiteside was elected in New Westminster.
  • We would also like to recognize CUPE members Bryn Smith (Local 728) in Surrey – White Rock, Sylvia Lindgren (Local 523) in Shuswap and Cory Longley (Local 2043) in Peace River South who ran for the BC NDP but were not successful this time.

BC NDP Election Platform 

The full BC NDP platform and be found here. Some campaign promises of particular interest to CUPE members include:

  • Worker Rights: Ensure that every worker has the right to join a union through a strategy developed in partnership with labour and business. Further improvements to WorkSafeBC and increased safety inspections at work sites.
  • Human Rights and Pay Equity: Continue to address systemic discrimination in the workplace and move closer to equal pay for equal work through new pay transparency legislation.
  • K-12: Continue to make classrooms safer through the installation of new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers in key areas of the school, comprehensive cleaning stations, and by ensuring more cleaning hours in all schools. Invest in more training for staff, and in new ways to improve social e-learning that promotes group interactions between students and teachers.
  • Post-Secondary: Create new early childhood education and tech relevant spaces in public post-secondary institutions and reduce barriers to access post-secondary education.
  • Healthcare: Unprecedented expansions and improvements in our public healthcare system.
  • Childcare: Expand universal $10 a day childcare, enshrine universal childcare in law, continue to expand childcare in the province, work toward providing universal access to before and afterschool care on school grounds, expand the successful ECE wage enhancement program and move responsibility for childcare to the Ministry of Education.
  • Trades: Restore the compulsory trade system to improve safety and give more workers access to apprenticeships to develop their skills for the work ahead.

 Legislative Calendar

While the legislature is not currently scheduled to resume until the Spring session in February, at least one of the BC NDP’s campaign promises, the one-time $1000 COVID–19 recovery benefit, will need legislation to enact. Therefore, it is likely that a short session in late November or early December will follow the swearing-in of the new cabinet.

In solidarity.

A Message from CUPE BC Regarding NDP Election

Legislative Update – Election Edition

October 27, 2020

Although nearly 500,000 ballots have yet to be counted, the BCNDP was declared to have won a majority government. This will be the first NDP majority government in British Columbia since 1996. It is also the first time an NDP Premier was re-elected in BC history. So far, John Horgan’s BC NDP gained 14 new seats in the legislature and received 45% of the popular vote, an increase from 40% in the 2017 election.

Andrew Wilkinson, leader of the BC Liberals, announced that he is resigning as leader, but will stay on until a new leader is chosen.

BC NDP Election Platform 

The full BC NDP platform and be found here. Some campaign promises of particular interest to CUPE members include:

  • Worker Rights: Ensure that every worker has the right to join a union through a strategy developed in partnership with labour and business. Further improvements to WorkSafeBC and increased safety inspections at work sites.
  • Human Rights and Pay Equity: Continue to address systemic discrimination in the workplace and move closer to equal pay for equal work through new pay transparency legislation.
  • K-12: Continue to make classrooms safer through the installation of new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers in key areas of the school, comprehensive cleaning stations, and by ensuring more cleaning hours in all schools. Invest in more training for staff, and in new ways to improve social e-learning that promotes group interactions between students and teachers.
  • Post-Secondary: Create new early childhood education and tech relevant spaces in public post-secondary institutions and reduce barriers to access post-secondary education.
  • Healthcare: Unprecedented expansions and improvements in our public healthcare system.
  • Childcare: Expand universal $10 a day childcare, enshrine universal childcare in law, continue to expand childcare in the province, work toward providing universal access to before and afterschool care on school grounds, expand the successful ECE wage enhancement program and move responsibility for childcare to the Ministry of Education.
  • Trades: Restore the compulsory trade system to improve safety and give more workers access to apprenticeships to develop their skills for the work ahead.

Tentative Results

  • Preliminary Seat Count: NDP 55, Liberals 29, Greens 3
  • A majority government needs 44 seats, so the BC NDP have a comfortable margin regardless of the mail-in ballots. Also, since polls indicated that the NDP was leading for the mail-in ballots, it’s more likely that their vote will only increase.
  • There are eight ridings that are very close and could change with the mail-in ballots:
    • Abbotsford-Mission – Liberal Simon Gibson is leading by 188 votes.
    • Richmond-South Centre – NDP Henry Yao is up by 124 votes.
    • Vernon-Monashee – Liberal Eric Foster is ahead by 180 votes.
    • Chilliwack-Kent – NDP Kelli Paddon is up 195 votes over Laurie Throness.
    • Fraser-Nicola – Liberal Jackie Tegart leads by 385 votes.
    • Richmond–Steveston – NDP Kelly Greene is leading with 596 more votes.
    • Vancouver-Langara – Liberal Michael Lee is up 647 votes.
    • Surrey-White Rock – Liberal Trevor Halford currently has 729 votes more than NDP candidate and CUPE member Bryn Smith.
  • There are another nine ridings where the margin of victory is about 1000 votes or less, but it is unlikely that these will change hands. The NDP is leading in five of these ridings, the Liberals in three and the Greens in one.

CUPE Candidates

  • CUPE member Lisa Beare and former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Local 4078) was re-elected in her riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
  • CUPE National Representative Rachna Singh was declared re-elected in Surrey-Green Timbers.
  • CUPE member Dan Coulter (Local 3787) broke through to be elected in Chilliwack.
  • HEU Secretary – Business Manager Jennifer Whiteside was elected in New Westminster.
  • As mentioned above, CUPE member Bryn Smith (Local 728) still has a chance in Surrey-White Rock.
  • Unfortunately, CUPE members Sylvia Lindgren (Local 523) in Shuswap and Cory Longley (Local 2043) in Peace River South were not successful.

 Mail-in Ballot Count

  • The final count of mail-in ballots will begin on November 6, as is required under the Elections Act, and Elections BC is hoping to have the final results by November 16.
  • We will find out on November 5 how many certified mail-in ballots were received per district. Currently we only know how many were requested (724,279) and that roughly 478,000 were received back. By contrast, in the 2017 provincial election, approximately 6,500 votes were cast by mail.
  • Absentee ballots will also be counted at this time, and Elections BC expects about 20,000 of these.

 In solidarity,

Justin Schmid
CUPE Legislative Coordinator – BC Region

CUPE 2081 Branded Masks Now Available

CUPE 2081 reusable cloth masks are now available for CUPE members!

There is one free mask available for each CUPE 2081 member, for use at work or at home. To collect your mask, please be mindful of the following:

  • Our president Keith Todd will be able to deliver on campus or be available for you to pick up from the CUPE office. Please email him at todd@camosun.bc.ca and let him know which campus you are on.
    Interurban – Keith is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for deliveries around Interurban
    Lansdowne – Available Wednesdays and Thursdays for pick up at the Y244 CUPE office at Lansdowne
  • If you would like to pick up a batch for your CUPE colleagues/department, please be sure to include the names of everyone you are picking up for as we have a limit of one mask per member
  • If you (or a colleague on your behalf) are unable to pick up a mask in person, but you would like one, please email wilkinsonj@camosun.bc.ca or todd@camosun.bc.ca to let us know

SPECS: These are Union-made soft cotton/poly blend, 2-ply non-medical masks. One size fits most.
Constructed from ethically imported materials, and are all black (with white logo).
Anti-microbial inner cotton layer, with a water resistant outer layer and elastic ear loops.

Claim yours today!

MPP Redesign – CUPE Members Webinar

MPP REDESIGN – INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR INVITATION

On behalf of CUPE BC

CUPE BC will be hosting a series of information webinars for CUPE members on the Plan Partners BC Municipal Pension Plan Redesign changes. This is an open invitation to CUPE members, with dates listed and registration links listed below.

Each webinar will be one hour in length with presentations by CUPE National staff, and will provide members with an overview of key changes followed by a Q&A period.  These webinars do not replace the current consultation process being conducted by the Plan Partners, but are to provide CUPE members with further opportunities to learn about the changes. For full details of the Plan Partners MPP Redesign, please visit https://www.mppredesign.ca to ask questions or provide feedback on the changes using the “Ask a Question” feature.  Once again, these sessions are for general information and members seeking specific advice on their retirement planning should consult directly with a personal financial advisor.  

Please use the links below to register for a session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

DATES:

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm
Registration: click here
For members in the Colleges & Universities sectors only

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm
Registration: click here
All members welcome

Thursday, October 29, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm
Registration: click here 
All members welcome

Tuesday, November 3, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm
Registration: click here 
All members welcome

Oct. 7th General Membership Meeting – on Zoom!

We will be holding a CUPE 2081 General Membership Meeting tonight!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7th – 5:00-6:00pm
Where: via Zoom (please refer to the CUPE 2081 email that went out containing the link)
*Note that our Zoom subscription holds a max of 100 people at a time in a Zoom meeting. The first 100 people in will be on the call – please make sure to mute your mics.
Please email cupe2081@camosun.bc.ca if you require the link again.

Please click on the links below to review the agenda, notes, and executive reports for the upcoming meeting.

Oct. 7, 2020 – Agenda
Oct. 7, 2020 – Notes re: Motions

2020 Summer Update Report – Alesha Peters – Member at Large
2020 Summer Update Report – April Atkins – Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator
2020 Summer Update Report – Erynne Grant – Labour Relations Officer
2020 Summer Update Report – Jayme Wilkinson – Communications Officer
2020 Summer Update Report – Jesse Scott – Lansdowne Campus Shop Steward
2020 Summer Update Report – Joanne Cumberland – Board Rep
2020 Summer Update Report – Keith Todd – President
2020 Summer Update Report – Milo Anstey – JAJEC Coordinator
2020 Summer Update Report – Naji Yazdi – Interurban Campus Shop Steward
2020 Summer Update Report – Shelley Butler – Education Coordinator
2020 Summer Update Report – Shirley Wendland – Member At Large

Hoping to “see” you tonight!