Solidarity for Charity Dunkathon and BBQ for United Way

Come and join us in the Fisher courtyard at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus as representatives from each of the Unions, including the Student Society, plus various representatives from Management at Camosun College will be testing the waters between 11:30 and 1:30 on September 18, 2015 in the courtyard outside of the Fisher building.

Donate $15 or more and receive 3 throws for every $15 donated, or donate $100 and be the first to dunk your person of choice. The brave line-up of representatives includes:

11:30am Sonja Kennedy (Labour Relations)
11:45am Tony Nelson (President, CUPE Local 2081)
12:00pm CCFA (TBD)
12:15pm Carly Hall (Chair, Continuing Care)
12:30pm Dominic Bergeron (Dean, Arts and Science)
12:45pm John Boraas(Vice-President, Academic)
1:00pm Nicole Greengoe/Laura-Lea Berna (Directors of Student Services and IT)
1:07pm Laura-Lea Berna (Director of IT Services)
1:15pm Michel Turcotte (Executive Director, Student Society)

Also, Dan Hodgson and Doug McCurdy will be BBQing burgers for purchase by donation, so make sure you arrive hungry!

Make your donation online and see full details on the Solidarity for Charity Dunkathon and BBQ website.

Welcome for New Employees – Thursday, September 3

Welcome to Camosun! We’re Glad You’ve Joined Us!

As a newcomer to Camosun we want to ensure you feel welcomed and supported in carrying out the important work you do to inspire lives and to create opportunities for life-changing learning. If you’re new or you missed the welcome event in February, please join us on Thursday, September 3rd from 8am to 12:30pm in the Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre (WTCC) at Lansdowne. Meet members of the College’s leadership team, union leaders and others from the College community as well as learn about some of the many services and resources on campus. It’s an event not to be missed for the new Camosun-ite!

Please register here by Monday, August 31, 2015 (or cut and paste the following URL into your web browser:

If you have any questions, please contact the HR officeat  250-370-3004 or by email”

Join the Pride Parade!

image001-prideLooking for something fun to do this weekend? How about taking part in the Victoria Pride Parade this Sunday? Well here is your chance to do so under the CUPE Banner with fellow CUPE members! Meet at the corner of Broad and Pandora at 11:30.

The Vancouver Island District Council will have t-shirts, whistles, Frisbees, tattoos for participants as well as other swag to hand out along the route. They are also looking for volunteers to help out with the set-up of the tent and other logistics. Check out the CUPE VIDC Vancouver Island District Council Facebook page for contact information.

CUPE Staff Development Funds monthly reminder

This is your friendly monthly reminder to submit your applications for SD!

Application form: CUPESDApplicationFormMay2015

– to send your full original application to CUPE-SD, c/o the H.R. Dept, Lansdowne
– to keep a copy of your full application for your own records
– to send a copy of only the front page of your application to CUPE 2081, Y 224, Lansdowne
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact our office.
Thank you!

Results of the June 2015 Ratification Vote

On June 23, a Special General Meeting was held specifically for the purposes of holding a vote to ratify the July 01, 2014 – June 30, 2019 Collective Agreement Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). 89% of the membership in attendance voted in favour of ratification.

Your new CA is in effect pending ratification from the both the College Board of Governors and the provincial bargaining body (Public Sector Employer’s Association, of which Camosun is a member).

We have been given assurances that both Camosun’s BOG and PSEA will expedite this process so that your new pay rates will be in effect July 01, 2015 (please see the Settlement Package sent out late Monday afternoon).

We gained improvements to wages and PharmaCare Formulary reimbursement, as well as increases to Visions Exams, Dental Plan, Life Insurance & Accidental Death and Dismemberment provisions. We continued to safeguard our Anti-Contracting Out language, Co-Op Student provisions and increased opportunities for Special Employment within the College while ensuring these individuals enjoy all the rights and benefits as recognized under your Collective Agreement.

Please take this opportunity to recognize all of the hard work logged by the Bargaining Committee putting together a Bargaining Proposal package (based on suggestions submitted by you the membership) to present to the employer.

Also, please recognize the members of the Negotiating Committee who sat across from the employer and their bargaining agent from PSEA for 9 long days in total to come to this MOA.

Bargaining Committee :
Jerry Oetting, Ed Nicholas, Ranbir Prihar, Dale Mosher, Earle Thompson, Tony Nelson, Dawn Svendsen

Negotiating Committee:
John Horsfield (CUPE national Staff Rep and Lead Negotiator), Ed Nicholas (Bargaining Chair), Erynne Grant, Dawn Svendsen, Keith Todd, Tony Nelson

Your union will send out a notice once the printed versions of the Collective Agreement are made available, and it will be posted to the CUPE 2081 webpage. Once the new CA is made available, your Executive encourages each and every one of you to have a copy at your desk, locker, or wherever you park your belongings for the day to have for quick reference.

An informed membership is a strong membership. It pays to know your rights and responsibilities under your contract with the employer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Union office or Tony Nelson, President, CUPE Local 2081.

Tentative agreement reached, ratification meeting June 23

Your Negotiating Committee has been at the bargaining table for a total of 9 days. There were some long days for both sides but at 5:15PM on Thursday June 18, we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.
I would personally like to thank the Negotiating Committee for the hard work and long hours that they put in over the course of negotiations.  CUPE National Staff Representative John Horsfield (Lead Negotiator), Ed Nicholas (Bargaining Chair), Keith Todd, Erynne Grant and Dawn Svendsen represented all of you, the 540 members of CUPE Local 2081, with style, poise and grace.
Details of the Agreement will not be shared until the Ratification Meeting. This will be on Tuesday June 23, 2015 starting at 5:00PM sharp in Young 216, Lansdowne campus. You will have to be present to vote as we will not accept either electronic votes or votes by proxy.
Thank you for your attention in this matter. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!  Remember – decisions are made by those that show up!
In Solidarity,Tony Nelson, President
CUPE Local 2081
Camosun College Support Staff

2015 Greater Victoria CUPE Scholarship Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 awards that will be decided in October or November 2015. Recipients will be awarded late November or early December.
CUPE 2081 members have once again contributed generously to this scholarship fund! These scholarships are open only to sons and daughters of active members of contributing locals* of the Canadian Union of Public Employees of the Greater Victoria area.

The selection will be based on a combination of GPA/academic standing, 1 reference letter, and a 1 page informative letter. An eligible student is limited to 2 awards from the fund, and will be under the age of 25 on December 31 of this year. More information, eligibility criteria and FAQ’s are included in the application forms.
The Application form for all Post-Secondary Students is available in PDF form on our CUPE 2081 Website or may be found on any other participating CUPE Local’s website (see PDF file, attached).


GV CUPE Scholarship application 2015F

It is also very important to note that the proof of registration must be dated AFTER the drop deadline in September unless you also provide proof of payment for the courses. Acceptance letters are not proof of enrolment.

Deadline: September 30 @ 4:00pm.

For more information, contact Local 2081’s representative to the GV CUPE Scholarship Fund, Suzanne Wilkinson.

* Current participating locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees of the Greater Victoria include CUPE Locals: #333, #410, #788, #917, #951, #2011, & #2081. Any of these GV CUPE Locals can use the PDF application form attached.