2017 – A new year, a time to reflect

Happy New Year to all CUPE 716 members and to all our union brothers and sisters around the world. The beginning of a new year is a time to look forward, and it is also a time to look back and reflect on the past.

Union members have a duty to learn about what unions have done for working people everywhere and they should be proud to be part of that heritage. There is still much to do of course in many areas of the world, but standards have been set and the world knows it. Europe and North America were the birthplace of the union movement but the birth was a difficult one. Any ‘rights’ workers have now had to be fought for. The story of that fight is an achingly long, dramatic, touching, tragic and triumphal one. Heroic people have lived the story and now we take our place, inheriting their mantle. It’s important to remember that while we enjoy the ‘rights’ we have inherited, we may be called upon at any time to defend them.

Too often we live oblivious to the past, thinking everything is easy now and it’s the duty of the union to take care of us. The truth is: the union is all of us, and we all need to take care of it.

Next General Meeting

The next General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 1, 2017. Our meetings are held at Palmer Secondary School, 8160 St Albans Road, Richmond and run from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. All members are invited and very welcome.

If you are new to the union do you have questions? You should attend a General Meeting as these meetings are the place to get information about how the union works with, and for, you.

We care about each other

We work together as friends and family and we care about each other. If you are aware of any major event that has been experienced by one of your co-workers, for example a birth or death in the family, or of an injury or illness they may have suffered, please let us know by contacting the CUPE office at 604-273-1651. Depending on the event, we will send flowers or a card. You might prefer to email your Shop Steward and they will let us know. If you are not sure who your Shop Steward is:

Click on the ‘Contact Us’ link above.

We need your help. No one can be physically there at every worksite in the District so we need you to let us know of events in the lives of your friends and co-workers.

Election time. Get Interested. This is where you live, what happens matters.

The clock is ticking as the May 2017 Provincial Election approaches. Do you want your government to continue to care only for the wealthy or do you want your government to care about you and your family again?

Click the link below to read a message from CUPE BC President Paul Faoro to start you thinking about this very important upcoming election.

BC Provincial Election

Education Postings

Your local receives information from CUPE BC about upcoming workshops, and all members of any CUPE local may apply to attend. These workshops are meant for individuals who are interested in becoming more involved with their union. If you have an interest in participating in any of these workshops, please call CUPE 716 union office at 604-273-1651 or email cupe716office@gmail.com for registration information.

Click the ‘Education’ tab above for the latest offerings.

$$$ alert (win a prize!)

Worksafe BC publishes a magazine every 2 months with information on workplace safety. Each issue they have a ‘Spot the Hazard’ type of photo and invite readers to find the dangers and email a list of the hazards you found. We are too late to enter their July contest but watch for the next issue. If you, as a CUPE 716 member are a winner of their ‘Spot the Hazard’ contest, not only will you win their prize of $50. but your local (716) will also award you a prize of $50. That makes a total of $100. for the prize if you can ‘Spot the Hazard’.

Go to: worksafemagazine.com and click on ‘Spot the hazards’. If you send an entry, be sure to include your full name, work title, workplace and workplace location.

It pays to know workplace safety. In more ways than one.

CUPE Publications

CUPE likes to stay in touch with it’s members and offers all sorts of communication and help.  Please visit the page below by clicking on the link.  Have ever wondered who is ‘CUPE’ and what does CUPE do?  Hey Surprise, if you are a member of a CUPE Local, YOU are CUPE.  Check out the publications and see what the CUPE Executive and CUPE members are doing all across Canada.  Great information available to you:

CUPE Publications

And be sure to visit your very own local CUPE 716 on Facebook. ‘Like’.  How could you not like? Stories from your own District and schools, inspiring and timely. A link to our Facebook page can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this webpage.