CUPE BC President Brother Mark Hancock to run for re-election as our CUPE National President

The CUPE National Convention is coming up fast with the convention opening on Monday, October 2nd at 9:30 am at the Toronto Convention Centre.  Various Sector Council meetings take place the day before at the Convention Centre starting at 10:00 am.  A copy of the full agenda can be found at as well as a useful convention mobile app.

At this point we have scheduled one caucus for delegates from British Columbia. This will take place on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm in room 716 in the Convention Centre. We may book an additional caucus if needed.  Caucus meetings are extremely important as we discuss resolutions, elections and other business at this meeting.  I ask that you ensure all of your delegates attend.

As you may be aware, CUPE BC President Brother Mark Hancock has declared his intention to run for re-election as our CUPE National President. Brother Mark has been unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC Executive Board and has already garnered support from the majority of leaders from other Divisions across the country.

But in order for Mark to be successful we need a lot of help from CUPE BC members with Mark’s campaign during convention.  We need numerous delegates to assist with campaign material distribution and convention floor microphone management.  If you can assist please email and provide your name and cell phone number.

In addition please support and share content on Mark’s campaign Facebook page “Mark Hancock for National President”.

Stewarding – An Introduction (2 day workshop). Register today!


Registration is now open for Stewarding – An Introduction (2 day workshop). This workshop is for stewards or those members who are interested in becoming a steward. CUPE 2081 is looking for new stewards. This is a great opportunity to learn about this role before taking the next step to becoming a steward.

What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward (or interested in becoming a steward) and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory workshop is for you!

In this workshop you will learn:

  • investigating workplace problems
  • filing a grievance
  • meeting with management
  • dealing with workplace complaints

This is the first course required before you begin taking courses in the Steward Learning Series (SLS). Those members who go onto the Steward Learning Series can work toward earning a Steward Learning Series Certificate.

  • Friday, Oct 27 & Saturday, Oct 28
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm (estimate time; to be confirmed)
  • Participants MUST attend both days.

The union will request union leave with your supervisor for all members who sign-up for the workshop.  We require 10 days’ notice before the workshop in order to do this.

Contact Shelley Butler, CUPE 2081 Education Coordinator:

Provide your first and last name, school/division, and supervisor’s name.

Note – there is a maximum of 25 participants.  Sign-up early to ensure your seat.

Victoria Labour Council endorses Nathalie Chambers for Saanich Council

September 14, 2017

SAANICH, BC—The Victoria Labour Council, representing union members in the public and private sector throughout Greater Victoria, has endorsed Nathalie Chambers for election to Saanich Council in the upcoming September 23 by-election.

“I’m heartened to receive the support of the labour movement for my candidacy for public office,” says Chambers, a Saanich farmer and well-known social justice and environmental advocate. “This endorsement is a powerful demonstration of unity, with workers, farmers and progressive voters of all stripes coming together for equality, solidarity and fairness for all.”

Chambers is focusing her campaign on affordable housing, support for seniors and youth, environmental stewardship, and strong, cost-effective public services. We urge union members and the general public to show their support for Chambers and the VLC by requesting a lawn sign, volunteering, or making a financial contribution at

Together, we’ll elect a strong, progressive ally on Saanich Council on Sept. 23.

For more information, contact: Nathalie Chambers, (250) 893-4505

You’re Invited: Town Hall on Proportional Representation in BC

Dear Community Leader,

I’m writing to invite you to a town hall regarding BC’s 2018 referendum on proportional representation on Monday, September 18th at 6:30 pm at Victoria City Hall

We will have MLAs from all three Provincial political parties speaking and CBC’s Gregor Craigie will be hosting. The town hall is being organized by PRiority and Fair Vote Canada. We expect it to be a dynamic event and a great opportunity to have important conversations about strengthening our democracy in anticipation of the 2018 referendum.

You can find the Facebook event here:

We hope to see you there! Please spread the word by sharing the attached flyer.

Many thanks,

Jeremy Loveday

CUPE 2081 supports bringing painting in-house


You will have seen a great news story about rainbow crosswalks via CamNews. As well, you will have seen a retraction regarding who in fact performed this work. CUPE supports the Rainbow Walkwayslet there be no misunderstanding. The spirit of inclusion, diversity and equal rights visually represented on Campus, throughout our City, and across the Country, is at the very heart of the labour movement. CUPE has been, and continues to be, a leader in Canada, fighting for equal rights and we are pleased that so many organizations and institutions are starting to catch up.

The reason behind the retraction was to clarify that we, CUPE staff, did not perform the painting work. Anti-Contracting Out is a serious topic for your Union and one that is affecting members across Canada. We always support ‘good news’ stories, but we also want to make sure that all the facts are presented. Your Union leadership engages in monthly meetings to advocate to bring ‘work back in-house’. We do not support a good news story that praises the work done by an outside company, paid for with public dollars. We would also like to acknowledge that mistakes happen and that the spirit of the CamNews notice was meant to be inclusive, rather than disappointing. When a video is sent College-wide showing contractors performing work we have been fighting to bring in-house, it is important that we stand up and call it out. This is a good news/bad news story and we wanted you to know.

In Solidarity with all CUPE workers,

Keith Todd – President

Erynne Grant – Vice President

URGENT: Help WestJet Flight Attendants contact CUPE

July 2017

Dear colleagues and friends, We need your help!

WestJet Flight Attendants recently reached out to CUPE and asked to join our organization. “They are ready!”

The WestJet Professional Flight Attendant Association (WPFAA) has been trying to organize WestJet Flight Attendants for almost two years now and are sending false information about the status of their drive and incorrect facts about CUPE and the Airline Service Division. We must clear this out as this is confusing many WestJet Flight Attendants. Our biggest challenge is reaching approximately 3,100 WestJet Flight Attendants working 24/7 all over the world.

We have attached an electronic information brochure including a detachable application for membership card. We ask that you please circulate this memo and brochure to your staff, locals, family and friends along with the link to the CUPE WestJet website. Social media is the most practical tool in this type of drive and we really need your help to get our message out to anyone and everyone. Post it on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any means you have and indicate to pass it on.


There are four main staff organizers. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Quebec: Sophie Cunningham, (514) 236-0175,

Ontario: Daniela Scarpelli, (416) 458-0588,

Alberta: Patrick Barbosa, (250) 618-9961,

British-Columbia: David Fleming, (778) 928-7542,

Thank you very much for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.

In solidarity,

(Original signed by)

Nathalie Stringer
Assistant Director
Organizing and Regional Services


Help celebrate Pride in Victoria – July 9

Help celebrate Pride in Victoria!

Victoria’s Annual Pride Parade and Festival is Sunday, July 9, and you’re invited to join with proud Union members from Vancouver Island and beyond.

Join members from CUPE Locals, the Vancouver Island District Council, and other Unions to walk in the 2017 Victoria Pride Parade at 10am, near the Unifor Float. Watch for the Union Flags Flying High! The parade leaves from Government & Pandora at 11am, winding up at the Pride Festival in MacDonald Park.

·         When: July 9, 2017 (meet at 10am, parade at 11am)

·         Where: Government Street, near Centennial Square

·         Why: Because you are Proud!

Come as you are, come as your wildest dream, or come as a superhero – Be a part of Pride 2017!

For more information about the Pride Parade and Festival, please visit the Victoria Pride Society.