New health and safety measures announced for BC colleges and universities

BURNABY—The B.C. government has announced new requirements and health and safety measures for students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities. The new measures include mandatory masks in all indoor spaces on campus, and proof of vaccination to access some on-campus services. Mandatory masks Effective August 25, 2021, masks are required in all indoor public […]

Bulletin – K-12 Communicable Disease Guidelines for new school year

The B.C. government has released an up-to-date Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings in preparation for the start of the 2021/2022 school year. The guidance replaces previous COVID-19 guidelines and take effect August 24, 2021. Highlights of the guidance include: Vaccines are highly recommended […]

Clean and healthy schools priority for CUPE education workers this fall

BURNABY—The union representing over 30,000 education workers in BC public schools is calling on the provincial government to focus on providing clean and healthy environments for students and staff for the new school year. The Canadian Union of Public Employees is calling for daytime custodial services to be provided in all school districts along with […]

Bulletin – CUPE priorities for the return to school

With back-to-school on the horizon, the K-12 Presidents Council held a special meeting this week to discuss issues facing CUPE members as they prepare for the 2021/2022 school year. The Council discussed best practices for maintaining clean and healthy schools for both staff and students during the on-going pandemic. The Council reaffirmed its call for […]

CUPE forms bargaining committee for provincial Community Social Services negotiations

BURNABY—CUPE has confirmed today its caucus members for the provincial Community Social Services Bargaining Association’s (CSSBA) bargaining committee. The members, who come from around the province, reflect the regional representation of the number of CUPE members working under CSSBA General Services and Community Living agreements and will be excellent representatives for CUPE community social service […]

Bulletin -September 30th – a day of Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government is recognizing September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, making it a federal statutory holiday. The BC Government says it recognizes the importance of reflecting on the legacy of residential schools and honouring Survivors of the residential school system. The province has advised all provincial public sector employers that […]

CUPE 2086 welcomes new members from the Village of Granisle

BURNABY—Eight workers from the Village of Granisle became members of CUPE 2086, District of Houston municipal workers, in a Labour Board vote counted on July 26. “Belonging to a union and negotiating a fair contract leads to a respectful workplace,” said David Duval, president of CUPE 2086. “We welcome these municipal workers into our local […]