November 18, 2020

Dear CUPE Local 15 Members in the Cultural Sector:

We hope you are well and finding ways to keep safe despite the difficult circumstances surrounding our current health crisis. These are incredibly challenging and unprecedented times. The COVID-19 virus is changing all of our lives, and we are only just beginning to make sense of what it means for how we live, work, and care for one another. We encourage you to continue following our health advisors and check out our website at for information related to the worksites covered by your local, CUPE 15.

While we don’t know where this is going to go, please know that your union has your back. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through it together.

We have regular Labour Management meetings set up for December and into the New Year. Please email your shop steward or myself if you have any issues that should be raised with the employer.

We will continue regular discussions with your employer for the weeks to come and do our best to update you throughout the process. Your feedback is invaluable, please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions.

CUPE Local 15 is here for our members, and we are working hard with CUPE National’s Regional Office to ensure CUPE members are able to access the information they need. As you know, information on this subject is changing rapidly so we strongly recommend everyone visit frequently for updates from provincial health officials. CUPE 15, along with CUPE BC and CUPE National staff, are also actively engaged with provincial government officials to mitigate the impact of this virus on CUPE workplaces.

Together we’ve been able to advocate for your rights in the face of adversity and challenging times. Keep up the good work!

Below we’ve compiled various links to websites with up-to-date information.

Please see the following links/resources for general information. 

In solidarity,

Gail Johnson
Staff Representative                              

Shop Stewards:
MOV: Fiona Hernandez –
VMMS: Simon Fleming- Nicola Clur –
HRMSC: Jonathan Teague- 

For latest and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak visit the BC Centre for Disease Control:

For more local news also visit the Government of British Columbia:

Government of Canada:

CUPE BC is regularly posting up-to-date information for all CUPE members in the province at:

CUPE National also has regularly updated information at: