January 25, 2017
Local 2157 President Lise Comeau and
Vice President Karli Matthews sit to talk at
Keyano College for mental health awareness day.
Do you know a member who has made a significant contribution in the area of health and safety in Alberta? If so, we would like to hear from you!
Closing date for nominations: December 31, 2016
Dear Local Executive and CUPE Members,
Re: Relief FUND for CUPE Alberta members
In light of the devastation caused by wild fires in the Fort McMurray area, CUPE Alberta is creating a Relief Fund to assist CUPE members in Alberta who are affected by this 2016 fire.
All monies collected will go directly to CUPE members, the funds will be split amongst CUPE Alberta members who have lost their homes or who will have to be relocated for an extended period of time.
We are asking locals to donate to the Relief Fund to assist our members in rebuilding their lives and homes, and restore hope for the future.
We are hoping to have all donations into the CUPE Alberta Office asap. This will enable us to distribute the funds to the affected CUPE members.
Please forward your donation to:
CUPE Alberta Treasurer
ATTN: Relief Fund – Fire
300 – 10235 124 Street
Edmonton AB T5N 1P9
President, CUPE Alberta
Renewing Your Provincial Driver’s Licence
As of April 1, 2016 the Province of Alberta will no longer be mailing out reminders to your home to renew your provincial driver’s licence.
Employees operating employer fleet vehicles or equipment are required to have a valid provincial driver’s licence, as well as an operator’s permit.
It is the responsibility of employees to ensure that you renew your provincial driver’s licence prior to your birthday expiration date.
Please click the link below to sign up for your free renewal notification via email or text message.
Visit www.e-registry.ca to request a renewal reminder email or text message.
Every day, workers around the world are injured and killed while trying to earn a living. In Alberta, workplace deaths number in the hundreds per year.
On April 28th we pause to remember those injured and killed while working, and re-commit to improving conditions so further deaths will not occur.
The last year has sadly seen its share of workplace deaths and injuries. However, there is some good news. Alberta has joined other provinces in Canada in protecting agricultural workers under labour and health and safety laws. In the first three months of 2016, WCB Alberta has approved 159 applications for compensation from farmworkers – applications that would have been denied last year.
There is still much more to be done. Workplace deaths are preventable. Please keep working to make our jobs safer.
Click here to find out about April 28 events in your area.
The latest edition of VOICE – CUPE Alberta’s Newsletter is now available online.
CUPE Alberta Equality Award
In addition to being a work of art, inukshuk means “to act in the capacity of a human.”
CUPE Locals in Alberta are invited to submit nominations for the CUPE Alberta Equality award.
The Equality award recognizes CUPE members whose work on equality issues has made a difference.
Deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016. Click here for more details
CUPE Alberta Health & Safety Award
Nominate a member who has made a significant contribution to the area of health and safety in Alberta.
On December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique (a post secondary school in Montreal) a shooter went on a rampage. After separating women from men, the shooter killed fourteen women and injured ten others.
Since then, December 6th has been named “White Ribbon Day” as a day to remember those women, and all others who experience violence.
While massacres like the one in 1989 are thankfully rare, the statistics around Canadian violence against women are shocking:
- Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence after the age of 16.
- On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
- On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.
- Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.
EDMONTON – CUPE Alberta’s President is adding her name to the list of people endorsing the province’s plan to address climate change.
Marle Roberts says the plan announced in November and endorsed by oil patch CEOs and environmentalists will help combat climate change and open new economic opportunities for Alberta.
“This plan will change the world view of our oil sands, and the view of Alberta,” said Roberts. “It will develop greener energy sources while at the same time, open up new markets for our oil and gas products.”
CUPE Alberta represents 35,000 public sector employees in the province. Roberts says that while her union only represents a small number of energy workers – like all Albertans – CUPE members rely upon the industry.
“When the price of oil is high, Albertans have done well, and when oil is low, our economy suffers,” said Roberts. “This plan is first real attempt in a generation to diversify our economy and get us off the roller coaster dependence on oil prices.”
“Climate change is real, it is manmade, and we have to address it. This plan does so while tackling our economic problems at the same time. It deserves our support.”