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Day of Mourning April 28 2020

April 23, 2020

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Traditionally on this day, all over the world, public ceremonies are held to mourn these workers, and those suffering from an occupational disease.

This year, as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, Day of Mourning has taken a different tone. April 28 will not only be an opportunity for workers and employers to remember those we have lost, but critical for all of us to express our continued commitment to protecting workers and preventing further tragedies, and making every workplace safe and healthy for everyone.

Normally, we would encourage you to attend a ceremony in your area on April 28. This year, however, the best actions that all of us can do is to follow the directives laid out by our provincial health officials which is to avoid all non-essential outings, physical distance.

Please join us for a moment of silence on April 28 at 11:00 am through the ZOOM link below to recognize the 140 B.C. workers who died in 2019 as a result of workplace injury or disease. Registration is not required - OPEN TO ALL EMPLOYEES

Please click the following link to join the ZOOM Webinar: DAY OF MOURNING

Webinar ID: 828 1342 9329

President Sara Manchester & CUPE Local 403 Executive

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Web Conference Info - Membership meeting April 14 2020

Thursday April 9, 2020

When: April 14, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this webinar - Required https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CO7UxUgaRWC1IwTSh-Rqrw


1. Presidents Report: Sara to present

2. Committee Reports: Community Committee / Grievance Committee

3. Unfinishd Business: New office update

4. Call for Nominations

President – Term Ends May 2022

2nd Vice President – Term Ends May 2022

Recording Secretary – Term Ends May 2022

Chief Shop Steward – Term Ends May 2022

Safety Committee – Term Ends May 2022

Safety Committee – Term Ends May 2022

Safety Committee Alternate – Term Ends May 2022

Trustee – Term Ends May 2023 (3-year term)


After adjournment, there will be an open question and answer period.

For anyone who has any questions or would like any assistance with ZOOM please contact our CUPE Local 403 office by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 604-530-6185

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar Speakers Sara Manchester & CUPE 403 Executive

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Wage Protection Agreement

We have fought hard to put in place an agreement with the employer to save as many jobs as possible during this unprecedented medical crisis. It is important for employees to understand that this agreement is temporary and in no way compromises our Collective Agreement. The Collective Agreement still remains whole and unaffected – this agreement puts some clauses on hold during the COVID-19 outbreak and all clauses will revert to Collective Agreement language once the Provincial Medical Health Officer determines the COVID-19 outbreak is substantially resolved. The Union may terminate the agreement with a 30-day notice if we are not satisfied with it’s implementation. Below are some of the main highlights.

Auxiliary Employees and Temporary Full Time (TFT) Employees:

Auxiliary employees in the Parks and Recreation Division will not be scheduled between April 1, 2020 to April 14, 2020.

Auxiliary employees who meet all of the listed criteria will receive an amount equal to two weeks of average wages, calculated by taking total earnings between January 3, 2020 to March 27, 2020 and dividing by 12 to determine average weekly earnings, then multiplying by 2: Auxiliary employees in one of the Parks and Recreation Division, Arts Culture, and Community Initiatives, Corporate Administration, or Finance Division; who have no hours scheduled between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020; and, who were scheduled to work for the Employer in March 2020.

Employees receiving a payment under this section (11)(b) will not receive any other notice unless the employee is scheduled to report to work after April 1, 2020. This payment under section 11(b) will be issued as a lump sum run through a special pay to be made on or before April 10, 2020.

If still required to report to work after April 1, 2020, the Employer shall notify you at least fourteen days prior to being removed from the schedule. If you have not had the opportunity to work during the fourteen days, you will be paid for those days that work was not made available. Up until April 14, 2020 (or during the fourteen (14) calendar days following receipt of notice for those working past April 14, 2020) employees will remain available in the event they are required to work.

Employees can be scheduled to perform any work that they are qualified for.

Employees may be required to report to shifts that they are scheduled to work or will not be paid for those shifts notwithstanding the applicable wage protection provisions.

Regular Full Time (RFT) and Regular Part Time (RPT) Employees:

During the COVID-19 outbreak period:

The Employer may schedule employees anytime Monday to Friday and Saturday is restricted to 8am - 4:30pm without being bound by the hours of work, days of work, shift change (and notice of shift change), provisions in the Collective Agreement.

RFT and RPT employees who are laid off will be provided with 42 calendar days (6 weeks) of regular wages from the date of notice.

During this 42-calendar day period, employees can be scheduled to perform any work that they are qualified. Employees must report to shifts that they are scheduled to work or will not be paid unless by means of their sick bank, if eligible.

If the employee has not had the opportunity to work during the 42-calendar days the employee shall be paid for any of those days that work was not made available.

During this 42-calendar day period, following receipt of notice of layoff, employees will remain available if required to work.

After the 42-calendar day period, employees may request to use earned banks (Vacation, Overtime, ect.). This does not apply to sick leave.

The Executive thanks you for your patience during these uncertain times. We are here for all of you and encourage you to come to us if you need anything. Please remember to stay safe and if you are in a situation that does not allow for social distancing you need to stop and report this to your supervisor who must ensure that the requirements mandated by the provincial health officer are met. If you have any issues with this contact your Heath and Safety Rep or email Sara Manchester This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have had a chance to do the bargaining survey? It’s due by Friday! Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8583LL9

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April 14 Membership Meeting

Our next membership meeting is scheduled for April 14

Due to current situations, we are continuing to monitor the advice of social distancing.

At this time the next meeting is not cancelled. But we will update everyone as the date gets closer.

thanks and stay safe

CUPE 403 Executive

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Bargaining Survey

Click here for the survey

Surveys are due April 3.

Our current collective agreement expires on December 31, 2020. We are in the preparation phase for bargaining a new collective agreement and want to ensure we understand who our workers are and are aware of your experiences while working at the Township.

Once surveys have been collected and analyzed, we will present the findings and work towards narrowing down the issues CUPE 403 needs to address in the bargaining process.

The employer and the Union Executive will start the process of bargaining a new contract in late Fall.

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COVID-19 What you need to know

Statement from CUPE BC on COVID-19 and CUPE BC events

“CUPE BC has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic developments in British Columbia and Canada. At this time, we are considering all options regarding our upcoming Conventions and other events, including making significant changes, postponing, or canceling our upcoming CUPE BC Convention. Pandemic response is a collective responsibility and we all must take action to minimize the spread of this virus. Furthermore, CUPE members play very critical roles in our communities providing services and infrastructure the public rely on, especially during an emergency. These services are critical and we must take all possible steps to reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread among our members and communities. Please stay tuned for updates from CUPE BC on upcoming events as we consult with CUPE National and our CUPE BC Executive Board on next steps.” COPE 491

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Message from our President Sara Manchester

MARCH 12 2020

CUPE 403 Executives are working iwth the Employer as well as CUPE National and will provide our members with any COVID-19 updates as they unfold. As per the employers directive please stay home if you are ill. If you have any further questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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