Follow Up Re: Regarding urgent update – March 16

Dear Vancouver Members,

I am hoping that most of you had the opportunity to join in the conference call today for updates. I know many of you have as we are receiving a great deal of communication about it. I spoke with Christina directly after the teleconference and your executive will be meeting March 17 to discuss further. As Christina reported, we should have a clearer picture before end of the day Wednesday. I understand that this leads to feelings of anxiety due to the uncertainty; please be patient as we all work towards the best solution possible within the challenges of this very unusual time. Things have the potential to change rapidly as everyone works to respond appropriately.

For now:

You are expected to report for your scheduled shifts tomorrow and until/unless notified otherwise. If you work in the evening, you will likely be asked to reschedule to the day. If you are unable to do so, you may be redeployed to another location.

If you are sick, have symptoms, need to self-isolate due to contact, have a compromised immune system; call your supervisor. Arrangements can be made.

If you have shifts booked and the employer cancels them, you will be paid. However, you will be expected to be available during the scheduled hours – unless you have made other arrangements in advance.

If you have shifts booked and you need to self-isolate or have a flu related illness you will be paid. Please refer to the chart on the Hub and in a previous email. We have posted to the website.

I have heard many concerns about work rooms and transit. Please practice safe and good hygiene habits as per health and safety authorities recommendations.If you have concerns particular to your worksite or your self, please discuss this with your supervisor.

Supervisors and branch managers, the union is here as a resource for you as well.

Gibsons and Sechelt – conversations will be continuing as circumstances evolve there as well.

We will continue to update as often as possible. Prepare yourself for changes as the plan is adapted to the circumstances. The union is advocating for your physical, mental, emotional, and fiscal well-being.


In solidarity,



Heath Link BC 

Vancouver Coastal Health

WorkSafe BC

CUPE BC Occupational Health and Safety – Coronavirus Fact Sheet for WorkSafeBC

Covid – Interim Travel and Pay provisions