2021 Greater Victoria CUPE Scholarship Applications

CUPE Local 410 members have once again contributed generously to this scholarship fund. These scholarships are open only to children 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, a reference letter, and a one-page informative letter. An eligible student is limited to one award from the fund and will be under the age of 25 on December 31st of this year. More information, eligibility criteria and FAQs are included in the application forms.

The Application form for all Post-Secondary Students is available in PDF form on our CUPE Local 410 Website or may be found on any other participating CUPE Local’s website (see PDF file, below).


We are now accepting applications for the 2021 awards that will be decided in November 2021. Recipients will be awarded late November or early December.

Deadline: application must be received by 11:59pm on October 14, 2021 at gvcupescholarship@gmail.com

For more information, contact CUPE Local 410s representative to the GV CUPE Scholarship Fund, Kate Rutherford, krutherford@gvpl.ca

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

GV CUPE Scholarship application 2021

CUPE 410 Supporting Our Community

CUPE 410 made its annual donation to the United Way of Greater Victoria in December 2020. Thank you to Kelly Lisson and Sally Winters for representing CUPE 410 at the cheque presentation. At the presentation, the UWGV’s Director of Donor and Partner Relations, Dave Ramsay, spoke these words:

Thank you to CUPE Local 410 for your commitment to the United Way.

–          We appreciate your loyalty and commitment to community

–          This year more than ever your generosity will go to feeding and providing company to isolated seniors; it will go to initiatives like bringing the Phoenix Day – first of its kind to help children who have experienced traumas none of us here could likely relate to recover and feel safe in the world again, or to provide counselling for those suffering from mental health and addiction challenges.    In your roles at the library you see and deal with many of these souls.

–          Your gift today helps with all of that and more. Your gift shows resiliency and hope as we all work to rally to recovery during this pandemic.

The United Way of Greater Victoria values and appreciates the relationship we have with CUPE 410 and all our labour partners.   We could not do the work we do without the commitment of people like you.

At our January 2021 General Membership meeting, a motion was passed to make a donation to Our Place Society, in support of the Coldest Night of the Year event. Another motion was passed to make a donation to the Red Cedar Café.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support of these vital community organizations.




CUPE BC will be hosting a series of information webinars for CUPE members on the Plan Partners BC Municipal Pension Plan Redesign changes. If you have members in the MPP, please share this invitation and revised registration links below.

Each webinar will be one hour in length with presentations by CUPE National staff, and will provide members with an overview of key changes followed by a Q&A period.  These webinars do not replace the current consultation process being conducted by the Plan Partners, but are to provide CUPE members with further opportunities to learn about the changes. For full details of the Plan Partners MPP Redesign, please direct members to visit mppredesign.ca to ask questions or provide feedback on the changes using the “Ask a Question” feature.  Once again, these sessions are for general information and members seeking specific advice on their retirement planning should consult directly with a personal financial advisor.  

Please use the links below to register for the session applicable to your sector. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


 Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Municipal & Library sectors


Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the K-12 sector


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Health & Community Social Services sectors

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

For members in the Colleges & Universities sectors


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome


Thursday, October 29, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome


Tuesday, November 3, 2020| 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration: click here

All members welcome

The Kim Manton Spirit Award

The following has been shared with us by Local 374.


In honour of the life of Kim Manton who passed away June 26, 2020. 

Kim graduated with a degree in Sociology and through the years worked for CUPE Local 50, CUPE Local 1978, the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, as Labour Coordinator for United Way, and NDP Caucus Outreach Manager. 

Kim had a passion for social justice and was a well-known respected labour and political activist with a sunny disposition who created enthusiasm, passion and energy that made you want to work harder, do more and reach further to make the world a better place. 

Kim contributed significantly to her community through voluntary service, always giving 110 % of herself, she was a true inspiration to any who met her. 


To publicly recognize a person’s outstanding achievements around social justice with the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities, particularly those in the greatest need. 


This monetary award ($500) recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly, working toward improving the lives of others. It may involve a variety of projects, groups and/or programs. 


• Nominators must be a CUPE 374 member in good standing. 

• Nominations are open to any person living within the Capital Regional District. 

• Nominees must demonstrate outstanding community service and/or extraordinary volunteer contributions to the community within the Capital Regional District. 

• Nominators are strongly encouraged to provide supporting documentation, which may include letters of recommendation, newspaper articles, videos, photos. 

Please submit nominations by email to admin@cupe374.ca by October 31, 2020. The award winner will be announced in November on our website (www.cupe374.ca), Facebook and Instagram pages. 



May Day – International Workers’ Day

Red fist with white lines radiating out on black background

May 1, 2020

On International Workers’ Day, CUPE stands in solidarity with all workers organizing for labour rights and economic justice.

CUPE Local 410 has made its annual May Day donation. This year we have divided the $500 donation equally between the Mustard Seed and Victoria’s Rainbow Kitchen.

You can read the full CUPE May Day 2020 statement here.

If you are looking for solidarity actions to take today, CUPE recommends the following:


Supporting the Rainbow Kitchen

In past years, CUPE Local 410 has offered support to The Rainbow Kitchen – a  non-profit organization serving  the equivalent of nearly 100,000 meals per year for those in need in the Victoria Area. They currently have a call out for donations so we are sharing the information here in case any members would like to help them at this time.

Donation Needs

We are currently in need of the following items:

Food Products

1. Pasta (all kinds)
2. Canned Vegetables (beans, tomatoes, peas, beets, corn, etc.)
3. Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, oranges, etc.)
4. Rice (any kind)
5. Lentils or dried beans
6. Puddings and jellos (we have very creative people!)
7. Syrups (maple, molasses, honey)
8. Flour, Sugar, baking supplies
9. Canned Soups
10. Oats and Cereals

Hygiene Products

  • All female hygiene products
  • Kleenex packets
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant (male/female)
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brushes/comb (male/female)
  • Bandanas

Rainbow Kitchen follows VIHA regulations. This means we cannot accept any protein cooked or raw that does not come from a VIHA regulated kitchen or facility. Thank you for your understanding.If you have any further questions, please contact Gigi @ +1.250.580.9295.

For more information, please visit: https://rainbowkitchen.ca/donation-needs/

National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

Especially during this time of COVID, please take a moment to remember those who have died on the job, helping others while risking their family’s and their own health so the rest of us can be safe and Shelter in Place.

From CUPE National:

On April 28, the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job, we remember all the workers we have lost, and we vow to keep fighting for safe and healthy workplaces for everyone.

Every year in Canada, around 1000 workers lose their lives on the job. Their deaths are preventable and should not happen. And each one is a tragedy.

Last year, CUPE lost 11 members to workplace-related fatalities. 

“Our love and solidarity go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of those we have lost,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “A healthy and safe workplace is the right of each and every worker under the sun, and this is why we fight for the living.”

This is never an easy day, but it’s especially difficult this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. We have already lost several CUPE members to COVID-19, and fear there may be more to come.

“We want to express our solidarity and support for all workers who are continuing to offer essential public services, despite the risks to their health and to that of their families,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury. “More than ever, this crisis highlights the need for us to stand together for safe working conditions.”

This April 28, and every day, CUPE will continue to fight – for better legislation, for better education, and for the vital personal protective equipment our members need.

Future updates will be post in the Forum

Good Afternoon:

The Union Management Committee met via conference call this morning.

It was a positive meeting:

  • The employer will continue to pay employees, as per the previous email from P&C
  • Employees will be notified in advance of any changes to the current state.
  • Concerns from part-time staff regarding additional hours will be addressed by P&C
  • Communication from the CEO and P&C will be sent out shortly—next few days to personal emails
  • CEO messages will be weekly
  • Joint (GVPL/Union) messaging will be posted to the local website

Much of the information that management is working with is changing by the day and by the hour, which is why at this time, we cannot provide you with more information.

As mentioned in an earlier post: In this extraordinary time, please remember that we have access to EFAP to help us with strategies to cope with uncertainty: https://livewell.optum.com/defaultGlobal.asp?programPIN=healthy&redirectURL=/member/default.asp

Please take care of each other by following the recommendations from our Health Minister, Dr Bonnie Henry.

In Solidarity, Fatima