General Meeting Thursday, May 18, 12noon – 1pm, both campuses

Greetings,

Please see the documents for Thursday’s lunchtime General Membership Meeting, via video-conference at both campuses (CC 121-Interurban & WT 203-Lansdowne).

2017.05.18 Agenda – May General Meeting Agenda

2017 04 13 Minutes – April General Meeting Minutes

CUPE BC Annual Convention Report (Grant)

CUPE BC Annual Convention Report (Prihar)

2017.05 Executive Report – Education Coordinator

Please bring your lunch and join us as you can – Thank you!

CUPE BC Convention elects new Executive Board for 2017-2019

(reposted from CUPE BC, Apr 29, 2017)  VICTORIA—Delegates to CUPE BC’s 54th annual convention today elected a new Executive Board to lead the union for the next two years.

CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies were acclaimed to continue in their roles, and Cindy McQueen, Tanya Paterson, Karen Ranalletta and Michelle Waite were elected to serve as General Vice Presidents.

Delegates also elected four Diversity Vice Presidents (DVPs), two of which are new positions on the Executive Board:

DVP, Indigenous Workers: Debra Merrier (Alternate DVP Danica Hansen-Hughes.)

DVP, Persons with Disabilities: Frank Lee (Alternate DVP Sunera Samarakoon.)

DVP, Pink Triangle: Kathy McMahon (Alternate DVP Dean Coates.)

DVP, Workers of Colour: Michelle Alexander (Alternate DVP Drew Parris.)

Delegates in regional caucuses elected Regional Vice Presidents and Alternates to serve on the Executive Board. (A full list of the new Executive Board is attached.)

“I want to thank delegates for their confidence and support,” said Faoro. “And I thank all the candidates who stood for election, and I extend my congratulations to all the successful candidates and look forward to working with them over the next two years to ensure our union continues to grow and build on our achievements.”

“To delegates and members all across the province: thank you for your support,” said Davies. “Our finances are strong, and growing stronger, and I look forward to working with the new Executive Board members to serve our members even better.”

CUPE BC’s 2017 Convention opened on Wednesday, and wraps up this afternoon in Victoria.

 

CUPE BC Executive Board 2017-2019

 

PRESIDENT                                            

PAUL FAORO

 

SECRETARY-TREASURER

TREVOR DAVIES

 

GENERAL VICE PRESIDENTS         

CINDY MCQUEEN

TANYA PATERSON

KAREN RANALLETTA

MICHELLE WAITE

 

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS

RVP, FRASER VALLEY ROD ISAAC

ALTERNATE RVP BRYAN BICKLEY

 

RVP, KOOTENAYS  KEN VAUGHAN-EVANS

ALTERNATE RVP ANITA EARLY

 

RVP, METRO

SARAH BJORKNAS

SHERYL BURNS

PAUL SIMPSON

ALTERNATE RVP ANDREW LEDGER

 

RVP, NORTH KAREN WONG

ALTERNATE RVP KELLY BOUDREAU

 

RVP, OKANAGAN MAINLINE NICOLE EDMONDSON

ALTERNATE RVP JEANNE MARR

 

RVP, VANCOUVER ISLAND                AMBER LEONARD

KIRK MERCER

ALTERNATE RVP                                    DAN MACBETH

 

DIVERSITY VICE PRESIDENTS

DVP. INDIGENOUS WORKERS DEBRA MERRIER

ALTERNATE DVP DANICA HANSEN-HUGHES

DVP, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES FRANK LEE

ALTERNATE DVP SUNERA SAMARAKOON

DVP, PINK TRIANGLE KATHY MCMAHON

ALTERNATE DVP DEAN COATES

DVP, WORKERS OF COLOUR MICHELLE ALEXANDER

ALTERNATE DVP DREW PARRIS

TRUSTEE (3 YEAR)  PATTI PRICE

 COPE 491 Written by Clay Suddaby
(@CupeBCNews)

 

 

CUPE BC to commemorate Day of Mourning in Victoria

(reposted from CUPE BC) BURNABY – More than 600 CUPE members from all over BC, delegates to CUPE BC’s 53rd annual convention, will gather on the front steps of the legislature on Thursday to mark the annual Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

“Every year on April 28 we pause to recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job,” says CUPE BC President Paul Faoro. “The recent death of CUPE 1004 member Jody Taylor, an arborist for the City of Vancouver who died while at work earlier this month, serves as an unfortunate reminder that there are still too many workplace fatalities.

“Everyone expects to return home at the end of their work day, but sadly sometimes that doesn’t happen. The Day of Mourning is such an important day to not only mourn for those who we have lost, but also to renew our commitment to fighting for the health and safety of current and future workers.”

CUPE BC, CUPE Local 50 and the Victoria Labour Council are co-hosting the event, which will start at 11 am and will feature speakers including Paul Faoro (President, CUPE BC), Aaron Ekman (Secretary Treasurer, BC Federation of Labour), Bronwyn Barter (President, CUPE 873) and Leonard Rousseau (Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 230), as well ceremonial guard of honour provided by Victoria Firefighters.

“This event recognizes all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice at work,” says Victoria Labour Council president Mike Eso. “Last year 182 workers died in BC, which is far too many. We must continue to fight for improved health and safety standards for today’s workers.”

The Day of Mourning, which was created by CUPE members, was first observed in 1984 and is now recognized by workers across Canada and in more than 100 countries worldwide.

“We have recognized this day every year since it began in 1984,” said CUPE 50 president John Burrows. “We are proud of our Occupational Health and Safety committees and their continued commitment to the prevention of workplace accidents and injuries.”

WHAT: CUPE BC delegates to join Day of Mourning observance at BC Legislature

WHEN: 11 a.m., BC Legislature front steps

WHO: More than 600 CUPE BC delegates

Mike Eso, President, Victoria Labour Council
Paul Faoro, President, CUPE BC
Bronwyn Barter, President, CUPE 873 (Ambulance Paramedics of BC)
Aaron Ekman, Secretary-Treasurer, BC Federation of Labour
Leonard Rousseau, Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers Local 230

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Rally the Vote Victoria! Friday – April 28, 2017

On Sunday, Vancouver’s iconic Commodore ballroom overflowed with voters working for a Better BC. This Friday, let’s pack Victoria’s own Alix Goolden Hall and build on that energy!

Seating is very limited, so RSVP now to save your spot:

Rally the Vote Victoria!
Date: Friday, April 28 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Place: Alix Goolden Hall – 907 Pandora Avenue
RSVP: https://www.bcndp.ca/rally-the-vote

See you there!

In solidarity,

Michael Eso
President, Victoria Labour Council

General Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 13

Greetings,

The next General Meeting is Thursday, April 13, 12:00noon – 1:00pm, both campuses (CC 354/ F 210).

2017.04.13 Agenda – April General Meeting Agenda

2017 01 27 Minutes – January General Meeting Minutes

2017 02 24 Minutes- February General Meeting

DRAFT 2017.04 Executive Report – Chief Shop Steward-Office Coordinator

Decisions are made by those who show up – Bring a coworker!

Attend the Annual General Meeting – Thursday, March 30

Greetings,

Our Annual General Meeting will be held this Thursday, March 30, 2017, starting at 5:00pm, in the Young Building Auditorium at the Lansdowne campus.

Attached are the Agenda, the Minutes from last year’s AGM, and several Executive Annual Reports. The documentation will also be posted to our website as soon as possible.

2017.03.30 Agenda – March ANNUAL General Meeting Agenda

2016.03.15 Minutes – March Annual General Meeting

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Vice President (Grant)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Chief Shop Steward (Svendsen)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Recording Secretary (Turcotte)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Member-at-Large (Khodashenas)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Board of Governors Representative (Cumberland)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Job Evaluation Coordinator (Barclay)

2017.03 ANNUAL REPORT – Communications Officer (Thompson)

We are pleased to announce three Guests:

– our very own TONY NELSON will be our Electoral Officer

– BRYCE CASAVANT, NDP Candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

– LOREE WILCOX, CUPE National Representative

Refreshments will be provided. – See you there!

For women and for our union, not one step back – March 8: International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD).

Across the country, CUPE members are participating in community events celebrating women’s activism and reaffirming our commitment to gender justice. And this year, CUPE members and women around the world have a very clear message: Not one step back.

Recent events in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world demand that we remain vigilant and continue to resist all forms of oppression. We are witnessing an increase in hate crimes, and we know that women marginalized by racism, colonialism, ableism and homo/transphobia are disproportionately affected.

The Trudeau Liberal government presents itself as feminist, but it drags its heels on the actual issues that women care about, including pay equity, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and others. The Trudeau government’s actions on health care and child care fall far short of what’s needed. And while the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan is a big win, the omission of caregiver and disability “dropouts” from the calculation is a form of pay discrimination that mostly hurts women.

Take action: Not one step back

CUPE has joined a campaign by the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and over 100 other organizations calling on the federal government to Step Up for Women’s Equality. CUPE encourages members to write their MP, tell friends about the campaign and join on social media, using #StepUp4WomenCA.

CUPE’s new poster for IWD features the militancy and leadership of marginalized women. The poster shows women from different communities united and advancing together in the fight for gender justice and declares, “not one step back.”

  • Download your poster today! You can use these at union, workplace and community events.
  • Take a photo of yourself with the CUPE IWD poster and use social media to say what you want the federal government to do.

Check out these additional resources:

On International Women’s Day, we declare “not one step back.” And we commit to regaining ground on justice for all women.

This was the spirit on January 21 when over four million people marched for women’s rights in the U.S., with hundreds of thousands more marching around the world.

We vow to keep marching. Not one step back.

(reposted from CUPE National – For women and for our union, not one step back)

Unist’ot’en Camp Benefit Concert: March 16, 7-10PM, Alix Goolden Hall

On Thursday, March 16th, please join at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora) for an Unist’ot’en Camp benefit concert. Doors open at 7PM, event begins at 7:30, and runs until 10PM.

The Unist’ot’en have sustained an unbroken relationship with their territory for thousands of years and have continued to practice their traditions in spite of intense and ongoing colonial encroachment. Today those practices include harvesting food and medicine from their territory, building a Healing Centre to address impacts of colonialism, and running many camps and workshops to share skills and knowledge. They are also currently resisting, among others, the Pacific Trails Pipelines and Coastal GasLink project, which are intended to transport fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory to LNG plants on the west coast.

Learn more about the Unist’ot’en Camp.

The event will begin with a welcoming from Esquimalt and Songhees First Nation representatives, and a presentation from the Unist’ot’en hereditary Chiefs and Camp spokesperson Freda Huson. We will then start the music and enjoy performances by Natu Bearwolf, Betty Supple, Zoubi Arros, Rae Spoon and Compassion Gorilla.

Tickets are by donation, from $15-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds), and can be purchased at the door or in advance – online or in person at Wildfire Bakery or Camas Books.

We would like to acknowledge the time that many people in our community are donating to put on this event – from postering and hosting to playing music and raising funds – and would humbly request your help in spreading the word about this benefit concert. It would be thrilling to us to pack Alix Goolden Hall and show the Unist’ot’en that people here support their courageous and important resistance. Thank you!

 

Information about event accessibility and performer bios.

FaceBook event page