The message below is from Joyce Henley:
I’ll start by saying thanks to everyone who came to the meeting on Thursday night and speaking so candidly about your concerns. We really appreciate the feedback. And for those of you who couldn’t make it, we appreciate you too. As promised, I’ve gathered some information about some resources that might be available to you. This email is a bit long but nobody has ever accused me of being concise.
- I found this Hardship Funding for Strike or Lockout through the provincial government: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/policies-for-government/bcea-policy-and-procedure-manual/hardship-assistance/strike-or-lockout. They call it one time funding but it looks like you can reapply every month if needed. I’m not sure of the criteria but I’m assuming they would need to see bank statements and perhaps bill statements. This type of funding can be relatively quick to receive because it is meant for emergency purposes. It won’t be a huge amount of money but it’s something.
- For regular employment insurance go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html. You’ll need to request a Record of Employment from payroll (email@example.com) in order to apply for EI. Sometimes it’s better to head down to Service Canada and actually talk to someone in person. There is a better chance that they actually know what’s going on here in Prince George and might be able to direct you to other resources.
- UNBC Medical Leave: You can find the form for UNBC Medical Leave here: https://www.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/leaveformforwebfeb2320122.pdf. Someone mentioned this last night as a possibility however upon further research, I don’t think it’s something that we are eligible for on the picket line. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but this is an employer funded benefit and they’re not funding this right now for workers on the picket line. CUPE National is funding our extended health benefits only.
Those are the main resources I found but I’ll do some more looking this weekend and I think this is a good place to start. If anyone knows of anything else please let me know as well. Some of you might not know this about me, but I’m actually a Registered Social Worker and I love (actually) helping people navigate the system. So if you have any questions or need help filling out any forms, please let me know.
The CUPE 3799 Food Bank:
To donate to the food bank:
- Visit me on the picket line during my shift. Next week my schedule looks like this—MWF 7:30 to 11:30ish; Tuesday/Thursday—12:30 to 4:30.
- You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 250-640-1146 to make arrangements to drop things off at my home.
- You can donate money or non-perishable food items. I’ll even take etransfers.
- I’d like to have the first few hampers go out on Wednesday. And I’m hoping to keep it going for a couple of weeks. As we get closer to Christmas (and hopefully back at work) I may do a toy/gift drive as well. I’ll keep you posted.
To use the food bank:
- Just let me know. First come, first serve. No questions asked.
- Once you’ve contacted me, I’ll let you know when your hamper will be ready and we can make arrangements for you to pick it up. Or if you are unable to pick it up, we have some volunteers who are more than happy to help deliver.
- If you have dietary concerns such as gluten free or dairy free or allergies, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate within reason. If you have kids in the home, please let me know so we can put a little something special in there for them.
- You can contact me at email@example.com or text me at 250-640-1146.
I hope this helps! If anyone has anything to add or if I’ve missed anything, please let me know. And I really just wanted to get this out to the membership quickly so I’m pretty sure as soon as I hit send, I’ll think of a bunch of other stuff too!
I understand that this might be something that is difficult for you to do. And so I want to assure you that I am the only person who will know that you are accessing this resource. And while I know I said we have volunteers to deliver hampers if necessary, I’m going to retract that and say I will be the only one making those deliveries in order to maintain confidentiality.