Update on pandemic pay and union dues

Dear CUPE community health members:

RE: Pandemic pay update

You should see the provincial pandemic pay as a lump sum payment near the end of August or possibly early September. The employers are looking to make the process as streamlined as possible, which is why the payment has not yet been made.

Your CUPE Local will be informing your employer this week that collection of dues should be waived on the pandemic pay.

We would like to recognize the remarkable efforts of shop stewards, local executives and all other union activists for their role in supporting and advocating for all members during the pandemic. These activists volunteer their time, knowledge and skills to enforce your collective agreement rights and to communicate the needs of the membership to the employer.

More information on the pandemic pay fund can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/temporary-pandemic-pay

In solidarity and good health,

Chris Losito
CUPE National Representative