April 17th Bulletin

Dear Members,

I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and finding a way to enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.

While there is nothing new to report regarding workplaces at this time, we would like to let you know what the Union has been working on for our members.

  • Updating website to enable membership sign up lists with email confirmations sent.
  • Researching electronic voting systems that have been approved by national to hold required elections (bargaining committees).
  • Researching online forums for future general meetings and unit meetings.
  • Researching ways to conduct regular business in a new normal.
  • Staying on top of changing rules that directly affect any of our members.

I am not sure anything will ever be the same, so we have to make changes and adapt to a new way of living going forward. If you or a family member is having a challenging time through this, please be reminded of the resources available.

Employee and family assistance programs are available for members at all of our municipalities:

Homewood         https://homeweb.ca/      1-844-693-5123

(Colwood, North Saanich, Sidney and Sooke)

Lifeworks            1-888-307-0590.

(Oak Bay)

Walmsley            https://www.walmsley.ca

(Esquimalt and Metchosin)


Other resources available to our community:

United Way        http://www.unitedway.ca/

Here2Talk            https://here2talk.ca/home

(post secondary students)


If you just need someone to talk to, please reach out to your unit VP. We can always arrange group chats, online for those who need it.

Take care of yourselves. Stay safe, healthy and optimistic.


In Solidarity,

Shireen Clark

President, CUPE Local 374



April 2nd Bulletin

Dear Members,

On March 26th, Emergency Management BC in consultation with other government ministries and the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) released a list of Essential Services in BC. As well, the Public Safety and Solicitor General in consultation with the PHO defined the list of non-health essential service providers in BC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These guidelines are established by Provincial Government Ministries and directed to Municipalities, individual Employers and Unions as mandated.

Please remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to enforce Social Distancing to those not adhering, that includes Management. We should all be working together to get through this as best as we possibly can. For further questions regarding refusal to unsafe work, please visit www.cupe374.ca for the bulletin released last week with the guidelines.

The Union has summarized the information into the 2 categories in this April 2nd Fact Sheet  that affects our members within Local 374.

Stay positive, safe and healthy!

In Solidarity,


Shireen Clark

President, CUPE Local 374