CUPE Local 1978 has between 1,400 and 2,000 members depending on the time of year and represents four bargaining units:
- Capital Regional District
- Island Health (Health Science Professionals at Vancouver Island Health Authority)
- West Shore Parks and Recreation
- Greater Victoria Housing Society
Members work all across the Gulf Islands and the southern end of Vancouver Island.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Updates
Stay safe everyone!
Here are some resources that you may find useful:
- BC > COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information
- BC Centre for Disease Control > COVID-19
- Canada > Finance > COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Canada > Health > Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- CUPE > Canada Emergency Response Benefit: Q&A
- CUPE > General occupational guidelines for COVID-19
- CUPE BC > Information on COVID-19
- CUPE BC > Right to Refuse Work and COVID-19
- Doctors of BC > BC doctors urge employers to stop asking for sick notes
- Doctors of BC > Sick note for employer
- HealthLink BC > Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- WorkSafeBC > What Employers Should Do
- WorkSafeBC > What Workers Should Do
- WorkSafeBC > Staying Safe at Work
Health Care Members
COVID-19 resources for our health care members:
- May 19 – Temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay now available
- May 19 – Details of the fund, and CUPE BC’s response
- May 19 – Information on eligibility for the fund and other details
- April 20 – Bulletin – Redeployment/shift change rights & mask use update
- April 20 – COVID-19: Your rights upon redeployment or shift change
- April 20 – Physical Distancing Guidelines
- April 3 – Bulletin – Recognizing your contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic
- March 30 – Bulletin – Updates to CUPE members in the Community Health Sector RE: COVID-19
- March 27 – Updated Bulletin – COVID-19 for CUPE Community Health members
- CUPE Community Health: COVID-19
- CUPE Community Health in BC on Facebook
2020-03-20 3:00 PM
These are unprecedented times and everyone needs to pull together to get us and our communities through this. The Local’s executive members and CUPE National staff continue working with government and employers on actions that can be taken to protect our members’ health and employment, while continuing to deliver necessary services to the general public.
On Friday, March 20, CRD introduced a work-from-home policy and we encourage anyone who can take advantage of this to do so.
We also encourage you to practice social distancing at work, keeping physical contact with your coworkers to a minimum. Do not congregate in groups or in meeting rooms. We have been told that additional signage is being put up (at CRD) to remind people of the importance of doing this, as well as frequent hand washing, and staying at home if you are unwell.
We also need to remember to look after our own mental health, and suggest you read the information on COVID-19 and Anxiety.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us or your JOHS committee representatives if you have concerns about your workplace.
2020-03-18 8:00 PM
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 the CRD will be ceasing and or limiting public access to our staffed facilities.
Offices which will be limited to public access include:
- CRD Headquarters Facility, 625 Fisgard Street;
- Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Administration Office, 108-121 McPhillips;
- Integrated Water Services, 479 Island Hwy;
- CRD Animal Shelter, 5401 Pat Bay Highway;
- Bylaw and Animal Care Services, 212-2780 Veterans Memorial Parkway;
- Capital Region Housing Corporation, 631 Fisgard Street and 715 Millstream Road;
- JdF Building Administration, 3 – 7450 Butler Road;
- SSI Building Inspection, 206-118 Fulford-Ganges Road; and
- SGI Building Inspection, 625 Fisgard Street.
All other facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice. The exception is the Hartland Landfill.
The full media release is found here on the CRD website.
2020-03-18 11:00 AM
We are working with the four employers to protect members’ health, benefits and pay during this emergency. This includes options to maintain social distancing.
The situation is changing every day. The four recreation centres ((Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Rainbow Road Pool, Panorama Recreation Centre and SEAPARC Leisure Complex) supported by CUPE Local 1978 members have been closed (2020-03-17) and that is affecting all members working there, particularly auxiliary or casuals (precarious workers). We are monitoring the situation and evaluating how we can best support them.
Regular staff at these centres are still working and some may be deployed to other work sites. Some auxiliary members are unfortunately being laid off but are being paid for two weeks (based on a member’s average hours of employment per week) and their Record of Employment will indicate they have been laid off due to the impact from the Coronavirus disease to make claiming EI easier.
CUPE Staff and Volunteers
Teleconferencing and Video Conferencing
If necessary, and until further notice, meetings may be conducted electronically via telephone town halls or videoconferencing.
Where adopting motions to conduct the regular business of the union, such as for decisions of the executive board or executive committee, voting can be done via email.
Where voting must be secret, such as ratifications or job action mandates, the local may use a secure and reliable electronic voting platform.
Nominations and Elections
Wherever possible, local elections should occur within the same time-frame as laid out in local bylaws. Nominations that might normally occur at a membership meeting can be done by email, and elections can be conducted electronically using a secure platform. If maintaining the existing time-frame is not feasible, the elections process can be delayed by up to one month.
Where it is not possible to hold a meeting and remote solutions are not feasible, local meetings may be postponed for a period of one month. Applicable timelines in the bylaws will be extended accordingly. CUPE will be monitoring the situation across the country and will provide updates on this timeline if necessary. Refer to our Meetings page.
Health Tips and More Information
Reminder: If you are unwell, stay home. See link below for more info. Stay healthy, Everyone!
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.