CUPE 387 is accepting Nominations for the following positions:
Business Agent (3 year term) ***position requirements noted below
President (3 year term)
Vice President (2 year term) completion of a 3 year term
Treasurer (3 year term)
Recording Secretary (2 year term) completion of a 3 year term
Executive Director (2 year term)
Executive Director (2 year term)
Executive Director (2 year term)
Executive Director (1 year term) completion of a 2 year term
Trustee (2 year term)
Trustee (2 year term)
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020 – 4:30 PM
If you are interested in running or nominating someone, please email a completed scanned copy of the nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the form can be obtained online by clicking the Nomination Form link below or by contacting the Nominating Committee at 604-520-5644 to request an emailed copy or to arrange an appointment to complete the form onsite at the Union office, 107 – 258 Sixth St, New Westminster
Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – details to follow
Please note: Nominations will NOT be accepted from the floor
***Requirements for the Business Agent (Executive Officer/ Fulltime Officer)
- Minimum of 2 Terms as member of the local Executive.
- Sound knowledge of the current CUPE 387 Collective Agreement.
- Sound knowledge of the grievance process as per the current CUPE 387 Collective Agreement.
- Sound knowledge of arbitration procedures.
- Ability to communicate effectively with members of the local, CUPE 387 Executive, City Administration and City Council.
- Ability to communicate effectively with other union locals, regional and national offices.
- Ability to maintain electronic records, reports and all pertinent correspondence.
- Ability to prepare annual budget and annual financial statements.
- Ability to maintain financial records, bookkeeping, banking and investment of the local’s funds
- Ability to operate a computer and computer programs such as Word, Excel and Power Point.
- Ability to educate and train members of the executive, shop stewards and committee members.
- Ability to conduct all union business in complete confidentiality.
- Willingness to attend conventions, seminars, schools, conferences and workshops that are necessary in the operation of local CUPE 387
May 26 General Meeting has been POSTPONED
Please see details and links below:
Dear CUPE 387 members,
CUPE 387 members have done a remarkable job serving and supporting New Westminster during this unprecedented public health emergency. I know our community appreciates and values everything our members are doing every day to ensure they can count on critical public services during this crisis. Unfortunately, with ongoing facility closures and program disruptions our employers have announced that Auxiliary staff will not be scheduled for shifts or receive pay continuance past April 17, 2020.
I’m writing to discuss the recent announcement and what it means for CUPE 387 members. The COVID -19 crisis is unprecedented for our community, as are the ramifications for all 387 members – many of which were not anticipated in our Collective Agreement
To address effects of COVID-19, your local executive has been working collaboratively with our employers to continue delivering critical public services while minimizing the impact on CUPE 387 members.
We have agreed to a Letter of Understanding with the City of New Westminster, New Westminster Library Board, and the New Westminster Police Board that guards the health and safety of all CUPE 387 members and protects the long-term job security and seniority of members not being scheduled for work or facing potential temporary layoffs.
The Letter of Understanding provides for wage continuance that goes beyond what is provided in our Collective Agreement, allows for possible reassignment to other positions or work locations, and will extend benefits for members no longer being scheduled for 180 days from their last day worked.
I have attached a Frequently Asked Questions guide on how the Letter of Understanding will impact CUPE 387 members, please read carefully. If you would like a copy of the LOU, please contact the local office and we will have it emailed out to you.
We will be holding an online general membership meeting soon to discuss the Letter of Understanding and other issues facing our members during this public health emergency. Please look for details shortly at cupe387.ca and via your personal email. If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact your executive at 604-520-5644.
For members that have been affected by the workforce adjustments, CUPE National has online resources to assist you in accessing COVID-19 income support and other federal relief programs. They can be found at cupe.ca/COVID-19.
This is a difficult time for all of us. Protecting our families during this crisis is a priority, and please know CUPE 387 will be doing everything it can to help its members. We urge you to continue following the directions of the Provincial Medical Health Officer. Stay safe.
Hardeep S Maghera
CUPE 387 – President
Frequently Asked Questions
Letter of Understanding on a workforce adjustment between CUPE 387 and the City of New Westminster, New Westminster Library Board, and New Westminster Police Board
Q: Why is this happening and what is the goal of this Letter of Understanding?
A: Our community, economy, workplaces and way of life is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) public health crisis, many of which are not considered by our current structures and practices and Collective Agreements. The purpose of this Letter of Understanding is:
- to protect CUPE members’ employment security and seniority
- for our union to work proactively with the Employer to reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on workers;
- to provide as much certainty and information as we can about what you can expect in the weeks or months to come; and
- to do as much as possible to protect workers in the long-term so members’ jobs and livelihood are restored when the Public Health Crisis is over.
Q: Who does this apply to?
A: This Letter of Understanding applies to all members of CUPE 387 at and the City of New Westminster, New Westminster Library Board, and New Westminster Police Board.
Q: Why is a Letter of Understanding needed in addition to the existing Collective Agreements?
A: Our Collective Agreements cover many different circumstances but what is happening currently with the COVID-19 public health emergency is beyond what the layoff and recall provisions of our Collective Agreements can address, or that were ever thought about having to cover. We need to guarantee seniority and job protection for the long term. The Letter of Understanding was agreed to ensure that the principles of the Collective Agreement continue to apply with a different approach during the crisis.
Q: Does my Collective Agreement still apply?
A: Yes, it does. This Letter of Understanding adds to the existing Collective Agreements by modifying or deferring certain Clauses, in particular those around, layoff and recall, and hours of work, which cannot be applied as normal during this crisis. For those items not covered by Letter of Understanding, the parts of the Collective Agreement will still apply as normal.
Q: What if there is a disagreement between this Letter of Understanding and the Collective Agreement?
A: If ever there is a difference between the requirements of the Letter of Understanding and the Collective Agreement, the Letter terms apply over those in the Collective Agreement while it is in force. The Collective Agreement language still applies to all other requirements. There is a special dispute resolution procedure in the Letter of Understanding.
Q: What sort of continuation of wages do I qualify for if I am an Auxiliary employee?
A: Auxiliary employees will receive pay continuance up to and including April 17, 2020, based on each auxiliary’s average weekly hours worked in the prior 3 months. Auxiliary employees are expected to be available during this period for assignment as required.
Q: What sort continuation of wages do all other employees qualify for?
A: All Regular Full Time, Regular Part Time, Temporary Full Time, and Temporary Part Time employees will continue to work their scheduled hours and receive regular wage continuance at least up to and including April 30, 2020.
Q: What happens if they are more staff reductions?
A: Any temporary layoffs will be determined on work unit basis, by classification, and by reverse order of seniority. There is no bumping – this is intended to minimize disruption and to ensure agility in making adjustments.
Staff adjustments are in the following order: Temporary employees if necessary, and then Regular employees if necessary. Exceptions to this sequence may occur based on operational requirements.
Q: What happens with my benefits?
A: Affected employees will receive benefit continuance for 180 days (6 months) from last date worked.
Q: Can I be reassigned to a different job during the COVID-19 crisis?
A: Regular Full Time, Regular Part Time, Temporary Full time, and Temporary Part Time employees may be re-assigned to another location, position, work assignment, or department to perform work for which they are qualified.
If an employee is assigned to a higher paying position, they will be paid the higher rate. If assigned to a lower paying position, they will maintain their base position rate of pay.
Q: When does this Letter of Understanding take effect and when does it end?
A: The Framework takes effect immediately and will continue to be in place until the Provincial Medical Health Officer has determined that the COVID-19 outbreak is “substantially resolved” and will apply until either party gives 30 days notice.
April 28, 2020 – General Meeting POSTPONED
Please refer to the updates and information below regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Occupational Health and Safety during COVID-19
Below is a list of links containing additional workplace health and safety information during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- CUPE National General Occupational Guidelines
- Provincial Health Officer Orders, Notices, and Guidance Documents: A number of industry specific guidance documents are available to provide clarity on what is expected from employers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- WorkSafe BC Information on COVID-19
- Section G3.12 of the WorkSafe BC Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, guaranteeing the right to refuse unsafe work.
Employment Insurance, Sick Pay, and Other Benefits
Please find a list of available resources below to assist members during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit: Provides $2000/month for up to four months to workers who have lost their job, are still employed but not earning income, are sick or quarantined, must care for someone who is sick or quarantined, or must care for a child. Workers whom are employees, the self-employed, and contract workers are all eligible. The CERB does not negate EI benefits. Applications will be open in early April.
- Federal Employment Insurance (EI) Application
- Summary of Income supports for workers (CUPE National). Another EI Factsheet can be found on the BCGEU website.
- Information on the BC Hydro Customer Crisis Fund: For those struggling to pay utility bills.
- Translink Fare Suspensions on bus system
- A comprehensive list of supports compiled by the Broadbent Institute
- A how-to guide to all of the available government support programs, by Professor Jennifer Robson
Be Safe, Stay Strong
Weekly & daily coordination calls with local governments
The province has opened two new lines of communication with local governments to strengthen COVID-19 coordination.
EMBC has begun coordinating regional calls on a daily basis with local government emergency managers to discuss operational issues. Minister Selina Robinson has also begun a series of weekly calls with Mayors, Chairs and UBCM Executive to discuss policy issues. The first policy call, held yesterday, included input from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“BC communities are facing an unprecedented challenge,” said Mayor Maja Tait, UBCM president. “Yesterday’s meeting focussed attention on the orders of the provincial health officer and identified policy adjustments that will strengthen service delivery in the weeks ahead. The coordination and support that is being provided by the province is deeply welcomed. Local governments will do our part to support the implementation of the provincial response to COVID 19 as that continues to evolve.”
CUPE 387 Executive have been in daily contact and conversation with the City of New Westminster, advocating for our members health, safety and pay provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, our CUPE National representative has been providing direction and support on a regular basis.
The City has instituted significant travel restrictions, mandated self-isolation and imposed facility closures to preserve the well-being of staff, specifically:
1. Employee travel outside of Canada – Effective March 12th, the Chief Medical Health Officer has strongly advised that all non-essential travel outside of Canada be suspended, including to the United States. The Canadian government has issued travel advisories for specific countries in relation to COVID-10. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is also recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Employees are advised to consult the public health authority sites and gc.ca.
Following the March 12th travel advisory, the City is providing employees travelling outside of Canada with a one week “notice period”. All work-related travel outside of Canada is cancelled until further notice.
Furthermore, staff who decide to travel to any destination outside of Canada for personal reasons are requested to notify their manager, prior to travelling.
Regular and Temporary Full-time and Part-time Employees
If you travel outside of Canada before March 19, when you return to Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days even if you show no flu-like symptoms. You will be eligible for regular pay for the duration of the 14 calendar day self-isolation period. We will also make reasonable efforts to provide work-from-home arrangements, if possible, during the self-isolation period. Should you develop symptoms during the self-isolation period, you will receive sick leave benefits as per your relevant collective agreement from the point during the isolation period when you become ill.
If you do choose to travel outside of Canada on or after March 19th, when you return to Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days even if you show no flu-like symptoms. You will be required to use vacation, other leave banks, unpaid leave, or apply for Employment Insurance Benefits during the self-isolation period. We will also make reasonable efforts to provide work-from-home arrangements, if possible, during the self-isolation period. Should you develop symptoms during the self-isolation period, you will receive sick leave benefits as per your relevant collective agreement from the point during the isolation period when you become ill.
If you travel outside of Canada before March 19, when you return to Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days even if you show no flu-like symptoms. You will be eligible for regular pay for any shifts already scheduled during the 14 calendar day self-isolation period. Should you develop symptoms during the self-isolation period, you will continue to receive regular pay for any shifts already scheduled during the 14 calendar day self-isolation period.
If you do choose to travel outside of Canada on or after March 19th, when you return to Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days even if you show no flu-like symptoms. You will not be eligible for any paid time. Should you develop symptoms during the self-isolation period, you will not receive any paid time, although you may submit an application to Service Canada for medical Employment Insurance benefits.
Family Member Returning from Outside of Canada
Effective March 12th, if you are receiving a family member from outside of Canada and they will be self-isolating in your home/living space, you will also be required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days. We will make reasonable efforts to provide work-from-home arrangements, if possible, during the self-isolation period. However, if work-from-home is not possible and your family member has returned from outside of Canada, you will be required to use vacation, other leave banks, unpaid leave, or apply for Employment Insurance BenefitsFlu–Like
2. Symptoms – If you or another person you live with is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, call 811 for pre-screening of potential COVID-19 exposure. If the pre-screening suggests possible COVID-19 exposure, the person(s) exhibiting flu like symptoms will be directed to be tested for COVID-19. During the waiting period for test results, all members of the household (including those that show no signs of the flu) are required to remain isolated at home. During this isolation period, employees will be able to use sick leave or apply for medical Employment Insurance Benefits.
3. Work from Home – For positions where work can be performed from home, staff are encouraged to meet with their manager to determine if some or all of their work can be done remotely. Employees who are able to work from home are expected to work the equivalent productive hours as they would at work and their manager is expected to monitor productivity and output of their remote workers. The IT Department can assist with establishing access to City networks from home. Employees who do not have a home computer or whose position does not allow remote work (customer facing, on the tools, etc.) will be limited from being able to work from home.
4. Face-to-Face Meetings – The necessity for face-to-face meetings needs to be assessed on a case by case basis. Where meeting objectives can be completed remotely or by email, this is the preferred option.
5. City Gatherings – The City is suspending any gatherings and events over 250 people in attendance as per the Provincial Health Officer. Upcoming large City gatherings and events will be assessed as more information becomes available. At this time, the City is keeping facilities open during regular business hours. However, attendance in programs and activities will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
6. Wages and Work – The City will abide by all Collective Agreement provisions with respect to payment of wages, layoff, and access to benefits. The City is currently developing a policy that will provide more specific information in the context of the current situation with respect to these matters. This policy will be communicated to all employees next week.
Many questions have come forward regarding the duration of closures and what next steps are being taken. As we become armed with concrete information, we will share any and all pertinent details. We ask for your patience if you are bringing any inquiries forward, as our Executives will be seeking verification before responding.
As we navigate the uncertainty that comes with this unprecedented situation, we remind our members:
- You should Regularly check your City of New Westminster email accounts for updates
- The City will abide by all Collective Agreement provisions with respect to payment of wages, layoff, and access to benefits
- Please be mindful of safety measures put in place to ensure your health and the health of those most vulnerable
Additional resources that may be of value during this crisis can be found at the links below:
Covid-19 self assessment tool https://covid19.thrive.health/
BC Public Health Alerts https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/public-health-alerts
Medical Employment Insurance https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
It is important for our members to know that we are there for them as events unfold in the coming weeks and are committed to both ongoing communication and navigating the challenges together. We continue to be available to you to connect by phone at
604-520-5644 and email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in this together, stay safe and stay strong
Please note that the March 24 2020 General meeting has been postponed indefinitely as a temporary COVID-19 measure and will be rescheduled when it is appropriate and prudent to do so.