Get your 50/50 tickets – Everybody wins in support of United Way!

Good afternoon members,

Our Local proudly supports the 2017 United Way Campaign. Like every year, there is a fundraising challenge between CUPE, CCFA and Exempt working groups at the College. This year’s challenge is a little more subdued, but still fierce: which employee group team can sell the most 50/50 tickets?

Obviously, CUPE Local 2081, so let’s do this! Tickets are only $2.00 each – the more we sell, the better chance CUPE has of winning this challenge. The more tickets you buy, the better chance you have of winning. And more tickets sold means more money raised for the United Way, so everyone wins!

You can buy your tickets from:

The first CUPE game draw date is Oct 31 at 2pm. There will be a second game draw on Dec 7 at 2pm.

Click for the rules. Please contact Naji Yazdi if you have any questions. Good luck!

Thank you,

Dawn Svendsen  l  Chief Shop Steward/Office Coordinator

CUPE Local 2081

General Meeting – October 20 video-conference, both campuses


Please review the documents for this lunchtime General Meeting, including the 2017 CUPE National Convention Report from your delegates. We will meet in LACC 121 (Interurban) and WT 201 (Lansdowne), 12-1pm.

2017.10.20 Agenda – October General Meeting Agenda

2017.06.22 Minutes – June General Meeting

2017.10 CUPE National Convention Report


101217 Executive_Report – Communications Officer

Report to BOG – September 2017 (Todd)

Report to BOG – November 2017 (Barclay)

Please note the meeting will be held by way of videoconferencing, courtesy of our wonderful Audio-Visual Department!

We would be pleased to see you there.

Thank you,



Dawn Svendsen  l  Chief Shop Steward/Office Coordinator
CUPE Local 2081

Common Vision, Common Action – Creating a Regional Agenda for Social and Ecological Justice


You are invited to participate in the Common Vision, Common Action conference!

  • October 13-15, 2017
  • University of Victoria, Lekwungen / W̱SÁNEĆ Territory

Looking toward the municipal elections slated for the fall of 2018, we will be gathering with social and environmental organizations, activists, elected officials and community members to develop a regional policy platform for the Capital Region.

The conference will take place from October 13-15, 2017, at the University of Victoria, with highlights including:

  • Friday evening — Keynote Address by W̱SÁNEĆ activist Paul Cheoketen Wagner;
  • Saturday daytime — Plenary discussions on Housing, Transportation, Governance, Food Systems and Education, with speakers including Marika Albert from the Community Social Planning Council, Todd Litman from Cities for Everyone, and Charley Beresford from the Columbia Institute;
  • Saturday evening — Social event featuring spoken word, live music and fun times;
  • Sunday morning — Policy Sessions on Inclusive Communities, Climate Action, People-Oriented Economics and Arts & Culture.

We encourage you to register for the conference and take part in this important discussion. The registration fee is $30 per person, with no one turned away. We suggest you register as soon as possible, since space is limited.

Also, please help us spread the word through your organizations and networks, and let us know if your group would like to be included in the list of sponsoring organizations.

Thank you for your interest in the ecological and social future of our region. We look forward to hearing from you!


The Common Vision, Common Action Planning Committee
Find us on Facebook
250-634-4731 (c/o Elise Cote)

Keith Cherry
Laurel Collins
Elise Cote
Nathan Grills
Christine Grimes
Trevor Hancock
Jessie Hemphill
Ben Isitt
Olga Liberchuk
Jeremy Loveday
David Monk
Sarah Potts
Juan Ramirez
Sonia Théroux



  • Better Transit Alliance
  • Canadian Peace Initiative – Victoria Chapter Cities for Everyone
  • City of Victoria Youth Council
  • Columbia Institute
  • Community Action Bus
  • Council of Canadians – Victoria Chapter
  • Creatively United For The Planet
  • CUPE Local 4163 – UVic Educational Employees Fair Vote Canada – BC Steering Committee
  • Farmland Protection Coalition
  • Generation Squeeze
  • If Not Now – Victoria
  • Indigenous Solidarity Working Group
  • One Planet Region
  • Peers Victoria Resources Society
  • Retail Action Network
  • SocialCoast Social Environmental Alliance
  • Surfrider Vancouver Island
  • This Is Leadership
  • University of Victoria Social Justice Studies Program
  • Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
  • Victoria International Jewish Film Festival
  • Victoria Transport Policy Institute
  • Victoria Voice
  • Youth for a Sustainable Future

Restoring the Circle of Life in This Region: Indigenous Perspectives for Social and Ecological Justice – October 13

W̱SÁNEĆ activist Paul Cheoketen Wagner shares his perspective on the movement for social and ecological justice in the Salish Sea bioregion. He draws from his cultural work as a Coast Salish story-teller and his community organizing work encouraging municipalities around Puget Sound and the Salish Sea to transition to the post-petroleum economy. Paul articulates a vision for restoring the circle of life, promoting inter-cultural healing and peace, and rebalancing relationships among humans and between humans and the natural world.

This FREE public lecture coincides with the opening of the Common Vision, Common Action conference, taking place from October 13-15 at the University of Victoria. To register for the weekend conference, visit:

This event is accessible to people with diverse abilities and is taking place on the territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.


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