Dear members,

Please read on for general CUPE BC announcements and to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please send an email request to<>.

CUPE Public Employee | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Jul 8
Those wishing to contribute to the August 25 special Labour Day Members’ edition of Public Employee Magazine<> can download the attached brochure for guidelines, and send submissions to editor Dan Gawthrop by July 8, 2022 via<>.

BCFED Health & Safety | OH&S Education in the Lower Mainland | Jun-Aug 2022
Current training opportunities in Occupational Health and Safety are available on the BCFED Health & Safety Centre<> monthly course calendar<> listings.

Mark’s Work Wearhouse | CUPE Member Discount | Jun 19-22
All CUPE members can take advantage of a 25% discount on all regular-priced merchandise using the attached voucher in person at any Mark’s<> store across Canada, from Jun 19thto 22nd, 2022.

Megaphone Magazine | Voices of the Street Launch | Jun 22
Megaphone<>’s 12th annual special literary edition<> Voices of the Street Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing About Climate Change in 2022 will be launched next week in-person (and livestreamed), with storytelling, refreshments, and a special poetry reading from local poet laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam<>.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm (Pacific)
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts/Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Fee: $10
Registration: Click here<>

UALE Summer Institute for Union Women | Jun 23-25
Registration is currently ongoing<> for this year’s virtual summer course for union women, hosted by the United Association for Labor Education<> and including leaders and activists from unions, labor studies programs, apprenticeships and worker organizations from across British Columbia, the Western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. The program free is $50 with scholarships available via<>.

Cowichan Folk Guild | 38th Annual Islands Folk Festival | Jul 23
Advance tickets<> with camping options are available for the one-day Islands Folk Festival<> at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. Please see attached poster for the list of acts.

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2022 | 11:00am – 11:00pm (Pacific)
Location: Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan, BC
Prices: $95 general admission with $5 discount for members until Jul 21st; half price for youth and free for 12 and under
More information:<>

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email<> for additional information.

In solidarity,

CUPE BC Executive Board
CUPE British Columbia
#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5H 0G3
P: 604.291.9119<>

Clarification for EA/ABA/Outreach Workers

Hi all 

If you have more than one designation (Meaning you have 2 or more designations, EA and/or ABA and/or outreach worker and/or inner-city school worker etc.), please notify Human Recourses ASAP. 

If you were planning on posting into an EA or ABA position, HR needs this information as they may not have it on file.  You need to have all that paperwork in and cleared before the posting meeting on June 24th.

Postings will be out Monday evening.

In Solidarity.

Last Chance to Vote for Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) director election closes today – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE – 4:30PM!. 

CUPE 1816, the local representing Pacific Blue Cross workers, has endorsed Peter Urbanc. 

If you have PBC benefits, you can vote, so please click the link, and use the vote button on the top left of the site by 4:30pm.

Memo #13Attention: All Support Staff

In the 2019 round of collective bargaining, the District and CUPE Local 728 negotiated an annual training fund for CUPE 728 members to access (Article 19.14). To apply for the training funds, please complete the online form link below. Deadline to apply for 2022/23 fundsis May 27, 2022. Applications must be submitted using the form below. Please read the terms and conditions before applying. If you have received funding in the last two years, you are not eligible for this year. Only those successful in applying will be notified by HR.

High Workload

As we are aware of the high workload that you are all facing,

Some things to consider:

  • Please take your breaks! Do NOT work through them, and do NOT take work home.
  • As per WorkSafeBC on workload, if your workload is too high, please address your manager on how to adjust your day by prioritizing the work.
  • Advise them in writing that the workload is too high, and that they need to advise on pr8iorities for the day/week.  If your concerns are not being met, please reach out to your department shop steward.



Red Dress Event

We are settlers on this stolen land, we call Canada.  We would like to take a moment to recognize that we are on the unceded, stolen land of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Katzie, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo First People. We would like to thank the Elders, past, present, and emerging for their contribution for to our communities and their continuing contributions.

Huy ch q’u

We would like to give thanks to the Stars of the North Drummers for sharing with us their stories through song and drum, thank you, Louella Vincent, for inspiring us to do this event. To CUPE BC Diversity VP Shelley and CUPE National Diversity VP Debra for teaching us and guiding us on what allyship is. This was our first time putting on this event for the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two spirited peoples. We will continue to do this every year to bring awareness to all those who have been stolen from us.  Thank you, Nora, Shannon, the Women’s committee and the Human Rights and Equity Committee for your support and volunteering to helping.  Thank you for the donations from CUPE BC, CUPE Metro, Daun Fredrickson from CUPE 1091, MOVE UP, the Human Rights and Equity Committee of 728 and CUPE 728 Executive.  To our Membership thank you for your continued support and to all those who volunteered to make this event a success.  You shared in this event with us and are witness to the injustice of the missing murdered indigenous women, girls and two spirited people. Share this story, do not stand silent, be an ally.

EA/ABA Classificastion

If you are qualified as an EA or an ABA SW and are wanting to post at the posting meeting but are currently working in a different job classification please let HR know as soon as possible in order to get your name on the list.

For example: you are currently working as a Outreach Worker but are also qualified as an EA and are wanting to post for an EA position. Being that you are not working in the role right now you are not entitled to attend the meeting in person. You must send your choices in by email to and to your union office at in preference order no later than Thursday, June 23 by 1:30 pm. Anything received after 1:30 will not be accepted.

May 5th Red Dress Gathering

Join us for our inaugural May 5 Red Dress Gathering on The National Day of Awareness for MMIW also known as Red Dress Day. This is a commemoration day for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit and Non-Binary people.
It will take place on the unceded shared territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Semiahmoo First
The event starts at 4:30
(Please use the 140th Street – East Side Entrance – look for the Red Dresses in the trees)
We invite you to wear RED, as many Indigenous nations believe that Red is the only colour spirits see. For more information about how The Red Dress Project started, check out artist Jaime Black
We are accepting Red Dress donations in all sizes (infant – adult), any style and any fabric at our union office 5681 177B St, Surrey BC. You can also bring Red Dresses to the event. All dresses will be smudged (cleansed) before being hung at our event location in Bear Creek Park.
We thank the CUPE locals, the regional office, Metro Labour Council, HEU (Hospital Employees Union), Move Up and all who gather to learn, share, dance, experience and be part of our first May 5th Red Dress event. Hy cepka (thank you all)
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