The Working Mind

CUPE 387 is pleased the City of New Westminster is showing its dedication to the health and wellness of its employees with its new mental health training and awareness program.

The Working Mind is offered in a partnership between the City, CUPE Local 387 and IBEW Local 213 and will begin in January 2019.

The program is designed to promote mental health literacy in the workplace, dispel the myths of mental health problems and reduce associated stigma by providing an overview of mental health as a continuum. For managers and supervisors, the program will also include learning about:

  • observing changes in employees along the continuum;
  • communicating with employees experiencing illness in a proactive, supportive manner; and
  • taking appropriate actions, including workplace accommodations and return to work.

Phase I of The Working Mind will begin in January 2019 with the training of Supervisors and Managers. In February 2019, Phase II training will begin for all full-time regular, part-time regular and auxiliary employees and will continue into the following year. The Working Mind sessions will be delivered by internal facilitators from the NW Police Department’s Mental Health Unit who are certified with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

The implementation of the program follows over two years of discussions between the Union and the City about the importance of mental health awareness in the workplace (see post Mental Health in the Workplace from March 10, 2018). The Union continues its endeavors to make the workplace safe both physically and psychologically.

Children’s Christmas Party

The annual Children’s Christmas party is for all New Westminster City staff and is a fun time for everyone. It includes breakfast, crafts for the children, entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa.

When:
Sunday, December 16, 2018
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:
Queensborough Community Centre
920 Ewen Avenue

Please RSVP by Nov 30 to Kelly Flello
604-526-4691, kflello@newwestcity.ca

Please include:
• Name, age and gender of all children attending
• Number of parents/guardians attending

Children older than 10 years and grandchildren are welcome but will not be eligible for a gift from Santa.
You are welcome to bring a gift to have Santa hand out to a child who is not eligible.

Save the Date

Christmas is Coming

Mark your calendars for the annual Children’s Christmas Party.

When:
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Where:
Queensborough Community Centre

Check back soon for all the details.

 

Retirement Planning

RetirementIf you’re thinking of retiring in the next few years, taking a workshop will help with your planning and decision making. CUPE offers 3 day workshops and several are scheduled for the Lower Mainland this fall.

The next closest workshop is in Burnaby from December 6 to 8 from 9am to 4pm each day. There is a charge which includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is accepted online. For complete information, check out the schedule of workshops.

Batter Up!

Gesmoking-baseball smallt your batting arm ready for the annual CUPE 387 vs Exempt Staff Softball Game.

When: Wednesday, June 13, 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Game 5:15pm)

Where: Queen’s Park Stadium ball field

No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and the desire to have fun!
Refreshments courtesy of CUPE 387.

Email Nancy Jickels at njickels@newwestcity.ca to sign up. Please indicate if you are bringing along additional guests/players as well as whether you are CUPE or Exempt.

Elections

Welcome to your new executive for 2018 to 2019. At the General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, the following members were elected or re-elected, all by acclamation.

Executive Directors

Kathy McLeod
Frank Neubauer
Ryan Bryce – New

Trustees

Marianne Janzen
Nancy Millar

Here is the complete list of your Executive.

Short Term Sick Leave Plan AGM

Don’t miss the Annual General Meeting of the CUPE 387 Short Term Sick Leave Plan. The meeting will include nominations and elections of trustees for the coming year, approval of the audit, discussion of rebates and voting on bylaw changes. Check the STSP AGM Notice for the proposed changes.

When

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Where

New Westminster City Hall, Boardroom B

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is a chance to have your say in who will represent you for the coming year. Don’t miss this year’s meeting. Elections for Executive Directors and Trustees will be held. More information.

As with all general meetings, a donation to the food bank is appreciated.

When
Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 pm

Where
Centennial Community Centre
65 E Sixth Ave
New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6

City’s Commitment to Workplace Wellness

As part of the its continued commitment to workplace wellness, the City recently announced an expansion of the psychological services. The extended health benefits coverage has expanded to include registered clinical counsellors and registered social workers effective March 1, 2018.  This will allow staff greater flexibility to seek support with the type of health care practitioner that best suits their needs.  To confirm the maximum coverage amount for your plan, check the benefit booklet available on the HUB or online at www.pac.bluecross.ca  – CARESnet login.

In addition, in support of its continued commitment to workplace wellness, the City is also in the process of coordinating mental health awareness training for staff. This program called “The Working Mind” will commence in late Spring 2018 and is designed to address and promote mental wellness in the workplace.  Please stay tuned for further details.

(Note:  NWPOA members who already have this expanded coverage and Police Department staff who have already attended Road to Mental Health Readiness/Working Mind Training can disregard the announcement).