Updates from Local 2278

Bargaining Dates!

The biggest news we have is that we will be heading to the bargaining table with our employer in the next two weeks! Component II will go to the table on Tuesday March 24 and Component I will go the next week on March 30 and April 1. We’re getting all of our proposals and language prepped and are looking forward to getting to work on the next Collective Agreement!

U of T and York TA Unions on strike

We have been following the strikes out at U of T and York closely and have been in touch with both executives to offer our support and best wishes. If you want to send them some greetising in solidarity or find out the latest info, visit CUPE 3902 Bargaining and CUPE 3903.

Transit Plebiscite

Ballots for the transit plebiscite are being mailed out over the next few weeks. We encourage all members who are eligible to make sure that they are heard in this incredibly important vote! Ballots must be received by Elections BC on Friday May 29th before 8pm!

Q. Am I eligible and how do I register to vote in the plebiscite?

A. You can vote in the plebiscite if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on or before May 29, 2015
  • a resident of B.C. for a least six months on or before May 29, 2015
  • registered to vote in B.C.
  • living in Metro Vancouver

You can register to vote or update your voter registration by calling Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) or online at elections.bc.ca/ovr or in-person at a Plebiscite Service Office (open April 13, visit ‘Where’ for locations). You need your Social Insurance Number or your BC driver’s licence number to register or update by phone or online.

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Q. What is the voting period for the plebiscite?

A. The voting period is from Monday, March 16 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Q. Is there a cut-off date to ask for a voting package?

A. Yes. Voters have until midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015 to ask for a plebiscite voting package.

Q. Is there a time restriction for how long you have lived in Metro Vancouver to be eligible to vote in the plebiscite?

A. No. You must live in Metro Vancouver.

Q. Is there some way to vote in the plebiscite other than by mail?

A. No. The 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite is a Vote-by-Mail plebiscite.

A voting package will be mailed to registered voters in Metro Vancouver between March 16 and March 27. If you are eligible to vote and do not get a voting package in the mail, call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 to register or to update your voter registration and ask for a voting package to be mailed to you. You have until midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015 to ask for a voting package.

Elections BC is opening nine Plebiscite Service Offices throughout Metro Vancouver on Monday, April 13. At a Plebiscite Service Office you can register to vote, ask for a voting package and drop off your completed ballot package.

Q. I am a registered voter living in Metro Vancouver, but will be away during the voting period. How can I vote in the plebiscite?

A. Call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free in North America) or 250-387-5305 and ask for a voting package to be mailed to you at the address you will be at during the voting period.

Your completed ballot package must be received by Elections BC before 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The yellow return envelope is pre-paid postage if mailed within Canada. If you are mailing the package from outside of Canada, you will be required to include appropriate postage.

Q. I live in temporary housing in Metro Vancouver while working or going to school. How can I vote in the plebiscite?

A. You can vote in the plebiscite if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on or before May 29, 2015
  • a resident of B.C. for a least six months on or before May 29, 2015
  • registered to vote in B.C.
  • living in Metro Vancouver

You must register to vote or update your voter registration with your Metro Vancouver residential address.

Q. English is my second language. Does the voting package come in other languages?

A. Your voting package is printed in English. Translations of the voting package are available in the following 17 languages: Arabic, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Q. Does my completed ballot need to be post-marked by May 29 in order to be counted?

A. Your completed ballot package must be received by Elections BC, either through the mail or at a Plebisicte Service Office by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. Any ballot package received after this time, even if post-marked, will not be counted. If you are submitting your ballot package close to the May 29 deadline, please ensure you allow sufficient mailing time, or to be certain, drop your completed ballot package off at a Plebiscite Service Office.

The yellow return envelope is pre-paid if mailed within Canada. If you are mailing the package from outside of Canada, you are responsible for including the approporiate postage.

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