Cupe 2081 50th Anniversary

CUPE 2081 is turning 50! Come celebrate with your colleagues and other union representatives and enjoy a night of food, fun and revelry.


Cupe 2081 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dance @ Historic Crystal Garden Victoria

Saturday May 25th  /  Doors open 5:30pm  / Buffet Dinner 6:30pm  /  Tickets $25

Featuring The Fabulous B-Sides


United Way British Columbia Workplace Campaign

The annual United Way British Columbia workplace campaign is coming to a close.

As always, unionized workers are the largest contributors to the campaign. United Way British Columbia has a strong and long-standing partnership with organized labour, sharing a common vision of an inclusive community with a wide range of social and public services that are accessible for everyone.

More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. United Way British Columbia’s areas of focus include Urgent Response, Children & Youth, Seniors, Poverty, Mental Health, and Food Security.

If you are able, we encourage you to participate in the campaign through payroll donations. You can make a one-time gift or choose to give a recurring amount that comes off your paycheque automatically. You can also choose specific priorities for your donation. Every gift made to United Way helps people right here in our community.

How to sign up or change your online Payroll giving

Payroll giving is continuous each payday. Login anytime to modify or cancel your donation. If you are a term or temporary employee, deductions occur only when you are working with the college.

  1. Create a United Way account
  2. Choose amount to give each payday (or one-time donation)
  3. Choose specific priorities for your donation (optional)

Login to your United Way account anytime to modify/cancel your deductions.

One-time or monthly donation

You can make a one-time or monthly contribution with your credit card through the United Way website at:

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30th

This weekend CUPE 2081 honours the lost children, Survivors and intergenerational Survivors of the Canadian Indian residential school system. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is inspired by the story of Survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad, and people across Canada have officially commemorated September 30th as Orange Shirt Day since 2013.

Public commemoration of this tragic and painful history and the ongoing impacts of residential schools are a vital component of the reconciliation process, and we trust that all members of our community will be engaging in a day of reflection to honour the children who survived and remember those who did not.

One of the ways CUPE locals can support reconciliation is by bargaining language supporting Indigenous workers into collective agreements, and CUPE 2081 is proud to have negotiated the addition of Sep 30th within Article 19.01 of your new CA.

On September 30th, and every day, let’s join together to commemorate, to honour, to demand justice, and to take action to end systemic racism and the ongoing harms of colonialism.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

June 21st marks the annual recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This date was chosen because of its alignment with the summer solstice, which is a significant day to many Indigenous Peoples and their communities who have celebrated on this day for generations.

More recently, June 21st evokes complex emotions and challenges as Indigenous communities across the country mourn the ongoing recovery of thousands of Indigenous children buried on residential school grounds.

As a community and a workplace we must support the rights of Indigenous peoples to their unceded territories, as well as to preserve and protect their cultures and languages. CUPE 2081 stands in solidarity with Indigenous nations, communities and organizations and is committed to continuing to work towards reconciliation, and to respect our ongoing treaty relationships.

National Day of Mourning – April 28

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.

Every year in Canada, around 1,000 workers lose their lives on the job. The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. CUPE will continue to fight for better legislation, education, and the proper resources to do our work safely.

Take time today at 11am to collectively pause, reflect, & remember.

International Women’s Day – March 8

Today marks International Women’s Day. Celebrated each year on March 8, IWD is a day to celebrate the past, present and future achievements of women. While the UN first recognized International Women’s Day in 1975, it has been celebrated for more than a century, and its origins overlap with unions and the struggle for social justice and economic equality.

Take time today to reflect on the progress made towards achieving gender equality, and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination of those who have played a role in advancing it in their communities. Gender stereotypes still exist today, especially in the workplace. CUPE 2081 stands alongside all those who choose to challenge sexism and discrimination both on the job and in greater society.

The International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. We urge everyone to challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, and seek out inclusion. Knowing this will help us better support and uplift all women and the girls that follow.

Labour Day Events and Other Things


We are on the precipice of a new academic year and I know start up comes with mixed emotions. Excitement and stress regarding increased workloads is high. As the new year begins, please remember, our role is to support the college but to work within our job descriptions. We do not do more with less. The labour unrest in the Province serves as a reminder of the importance of fighting for increased wages, a balanced work day/workload and the importance of standing together to support all workers.

Labour Day is traditionally the first Monday in September and has been a statutory holiday since 1894. Worker rights drafted within collective agreements, the right to safe workplaces and the right to a living wage was hard fought for and the fight continues today.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend and you also take the time to reflect on worker rights in our country. We gain more when we stand together!

Below is information regarding the Victoria Labour Council Picnic event. As well, here are a few links for those of you interested in the history of this significant holiday in BC:


Labour Day Event  Hosted By: Victoria Labour Council
Booths, music, food, face painting, magic

Gyro Park, Sinclair Road, Victoria
Monday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21st

You are invited to attend and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on the campus of Royal Roads University on Tuesday June 21st, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:00pm PST.

This event is open to the public with free admission. Every year, Royal Roads University hosts a National Indigenous Peoples Day event, featuring canoe challenges, performances, vendors, food, and more! All members and their families are welcome.

FINAL National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 Poster

National Little League 2022 Closing Ceremonies

Invitation to National Little League closing ceremonies on Sunday June 19th.

Hello National Little League 2022 sponsors,

I want to thank each of you so much for your support this season. It’s been an incredibly successful year at the ballpark, with our biggest registration numbers in 20+ years. Our kids are passionate and our volunteer pool is strong.

We are hosting our closing ceremonies this coming Sunday June 19th at 1:00pm. Please join us on the field!  I’d like to invite all of our sponsors to attend, and we will be reading your name out and giving you some love and attention at the event.

We also have some new sponsors this year: Dominos Pizza, Mack Law, 5th Street Bar and Grill, and the Knights of Pythains. We have your new banners made and they’ll be up at the park for the closing day. Thank you for joining our sponsorship family.

Thanks to your help, we raised $9000 to fix our batting cage and will be getting a vinyl cover this summer to allow kids to train all season long.

Thank you all for the great season. Hope to see you at the closing ceremonies.


-Matt Dell

Board, National Little League

Join us March 8th at Lansdowne Campus for International Women’s Day!

Join us at Lansdowne Campus Tuesday, March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). Events are free and everyone is welcome!

·       Welcome and Blessing | May Sam – Fisher Foyer | 11:00 am

·       Brushing Off Ceremony | Bernadine Mawson – Na’tsa’maht | 11:15

·       Reading and Vigil in recognition of IWD | Monique Gray Smith – Na’tsa’maht | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

·       Student Poster Session | Fisher Foyer | 1:00-3:00 pm

·       Book Displays | Lansdowne & Interurban Libraries | All March!

Can’t join us in person? Visit the library’s online resource guide to celebrate the ideas, successes, creativity, and stories of women at:

Event proudly sponsored by CCFA, CUPE, & Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen as part of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) Women & Gender Equity Committee.