CUPE Manitoba Update – COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to affect our community and our workplaces, rest assured that it has the full attention of CUPE Manitoba.

We are monitoring the situation as it affects our members across all sectors, participating in discussions with employers and government, and we are working hard to ensure that our members’ concerns are at the forefront of our union’s response to the pandemic.

CUPE Manitoba’s first priority will always be the health and safety of our members, and of our community.

We are also working on ensuring members are treated fairly in the workplace, and that your rights are protected.

As you all know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and things change day-by-day.

We encourage you to contact your CUPE Local representatives, or the CUPE Regional or Area Office if you have concerns related to your health & safety, or if your rights in the workplace are being violated.

Your CUPE Collective Agreement remains in effect throughout this pandemic.

If you are being asked to do unsafe work, you have the right to refuse.
Contact CUPE right away.

If you have questions related to self-quarantine, your personal health, or about COVID-19 we encourage you to rely on official sources only.

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html
Government of Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/
Shared Health (including resources for health care staff): https://sharedhealthmb.ca/health-providers/coronavirus-resources/

Additionally, CUPE Manitoba has postponed our upcoming convention in April.

We want to thank all CUPE members for the important work you do in serving our community. This is an extremely difficult time, and we are all doing what we can to keep our communities and workplaces safe. Stay tuned for more updates.

Your CUPE team

CUPE Manitoba Convention Postponed – COVID-19

The CUPE Manitoba Annual Convention scheduled for April 15-17, 2020, will be postponed to a later date.

Out of an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUPE Manitoba will not be holding our annual convention until the pandemic has subsided, or until health authorities recommend such gatherings can take place without potentially putting participants at risk of contact with COVID-19.

CUPE Manitoba is the province’s largest public sector union, representing workers in health care, long-term care, K-12 education, post-secondary education, municipalities, crown services, child and social services, and more.

Our members care for vulnerable populations, and CUPE Manitoba takes COVID-19 very seriously.

Health authorities have suggested “social distancing measures”, which include the avoidance of large, prolonged group gatherings.

“Members should rest assured that the postponement of the CUPE Manitoba Convention does not mean that the work of the union has stopped,” says Abe Araya, President of CUPE Manitoba.

“CUPE Manitoba will continue to represent our members, hold government to account, and continue to advocate for strong protections for members who work in sectors with increased risk of contact with COVID-19.”

CUPE encourages all members to avoid misinformation, and read more about COVID-19 from official sources.  CUPE Manitoba also encourages members to follow the recommended guidelines (with the links below) for disease prevention which includes washing your hands.

Government of Canada:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html

Government of Manitoba:  https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/

Shared Health: (including resources for health care staff):  https://sharedhealthmb.ca/health-providers/coronavirus-resources/

For more information related to CUPE Manitoba’s Convention, contact CUPE Manitoba at
204-560-2140.