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Local 3338 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees represents over 1200 workers, mainly at SFU campuses. Our diverse membership is spread among 7 Bargaining Units, with 7 different employers.

Support CUPE education workers in Ontario

Written by Communications chair. Posted in Uncategorized

Hello everyone, 

On Monday, October 31st, the Ford Conservatives took the unprecedented step of proposing legislation that would force a contract on education workers, violating workers’ constitutional right to bargain fairly, keeping many workers in poverty, instead of continuing with negotiations.

To pass it, they’ve invoked the notwithstanding clause, overriding the Charters’ protections of the fundamental right to the collective bargaining process.

This is the first time in the history of Canada that a government has done so to pre-emptively end a labour action.

There’s a growing chorus of Ontarians, unions, and community organizations who are expressing their outrage about both the paltry elements of the government’s offer as well as their bullying tactics to ram it through.

The 55,000 members of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) – custodians, maintenance and library workers, secretaries, early childhood educators, educational assistants, IT professionals – who are working in publicly-funded schools across Ontario are the backbone of Ontario’s public education systemThey are also the lowest-paid education workers, earning, on average, only $39,000 a year which has left many on the brink of poverty.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? 

Sign their petition: https://cupe.on.ca/eduworkerspetition/

Send a message to the Ford Conservatives: http://DontBeABully.ca

An injury to one is an injury to all!  

CUPE Local 3338 Executive Board

Message to all Local 3338 Members regarding the extreme weather notice

Written by Communications chair. Posted in Uncategorized

Please see SFU’s notice that all in-person and remote classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 28. The notice lists which buildings on Burnaby campus are closed and those with cooling systems and spaces that are open for students.

Specific to workers on Burnaby campus (from the above linked notice):

“All other buildings on Burnaby campus do not have cooling systems. If you are able to work from home, you are encouraged to do so. Those who work outdoors have been provided detailed guidance from WorkSafe BC. If you are scheduled to be in a building on Burnaby campus that does not have a cooling system, please contact your professor/supervisor about available options to study/work from home or from another location.

Please note that with this heat wave, cooling systems will be challenged and buildings with air conditioning may be warmer than usual, so please dress accordingly. If you must be on Burnaby campus, ensure your supervisor knows and knows where you are working and that you check in regularly to ensure your personal safety. Staff trained in first aid will be available on all campuses through Campus Security at 778-782-4500.”

We encourage you to review the suggested tips for dealing with extreme heat on campus: SFU’s Safety & Risk Services General Safety: Extreme Heat.

Worksafe BC also has resources that cover:

heat stress prevention (also available in: Tiếng Việt, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, 한국어, 中文(繁體), 中文(简体), Español)

sun safety at work (also available in:  العربية, Tiếng Việt, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, 한국어, 中文(繁體), 中文(简体), Español, Français)

Stay cool and safe during this period of extreme weather. Check your local city website for information on cooling centres, open spray parks, and other resources.

Message to all CUPE Local 3338 Members

Written by Communications chair. Posted in News

Dear CUPE members 

Commencing March 18, 2020 the CUPE Office staff will be working remotely and teleconferencing where possible. We understand that this is a challenging and stressful time for members.  We are are here to support you. 

Get all the latest updates regarding COVID-19 directly from SFU’s website and see the SFU community frequently asked questions about COVID-19 resource.

For all urgent union matters & questions please contact the CUPE 3338 President at: president@cupe3338.ca or call 604-763-6701 to leave a message or to arrange an appointment. . 

Thank you for your patience in this ever-changing world, stay safe and be kind.


In solidarity,
Fiona Brady Lenfesty,
President, CUPE Local 3338 @ Simon Fraser University