COVID-19 Information for CUPE Local 15 Members

Friday, March 20, 2020

Please see attachment information below for Income supports for workers during the Coronavirus pandemic that provides accessible answers to question around supports in place for workers who are unable to continue working as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

CUPE National has also responded with these general occupational guidelines on COVID-19

and the CUPE BC website now has a landing page for information relevant to CUPE members from all sectors in B.C.

Member rights

Members should be aware of their workplace rights during these extraordinary circumstances; some of which we have negotiated in response to this public health emergency:

  • Paid general leave on isolation/quarantine, without impacting on your leave banks, including sick leave;
  • A safe workplace, including the provision of personal protective equipment, procedures and training (where necessary) to protect you while you are working to keep the public safe;
  • Refusal of unsafe work in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Act, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Sections 3.12 and 3.13 (view CUPE’s Refusing Unsafe Work Health and Safety Fact sheet - also see attached below) and
  • Cancellation of pre-approved leave, such as vacation leave, at our member’s sole discretion.

Public Health Links:




Please make use of your extended health benefits and your employee assistance program (EAP) or employee family assistance program (EFAP). If you have any questions or require additional support, please contact your CUPE local.

World Health Organization Information

Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.

WHO advises rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and mis-use of masks  (see Advice on the use of masks).

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information.



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