CUPE is the largest union in Canada and they keep on growing

Canada’s largest labour union keeps on growing as they announce their membership has reached 680,000 workers nationwide.

The latest figures come following a year of organizing successes across the country. Together in 2018, thanks to the hard work of CUPE staff, member organizers and activists, over 7,800 workers from a diversity of sectors joined the union. There is so much to be proud of.

CUPE represents workers in every province, working in sectors like child care, communications, education, emergency and security services, energy, health care, libraries, municipal, post-secondary, social services, and transportation. CUPE was founded in 1963 with 57,000 members.

Some of the members CUPE has recently welcomed are :

  • WestJet Encore Flight Attendants
  • TAPS (Together Against Poverty Society)
  • 48 Professional Librarians from Surrey Public Library
  • 18 Municipal and Library workers of Fort St James and 6 service workers from District of Mission
  • CUPE 374 and CUPE 1004 also welcomed members to their union
  • K-12 workers in Powell River welcomed 2 IT workers to their union
  • 25 workers from Nelson CARES Society at Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter

Interested in how many Locals are in BC? Check out the link :

CUPE BC Convention 2019 – Day 2

Vicki Sundher (Treasurer) and I (Darrell Joyce, President) have been enjoying our second day of conference, getting down to the nitty gritty of hearing all the committee reports and voting on resolutions. Highlights of the day include guest speaker Ivan Coyote (who you may remember from last year’s staff day for GVPL workers), who gave a moving and informative speech about their experience growing up as a transgender, nonbinary person. One thing that came from this speech was we ended up scratching out our “preferred” pronoun area on our credentials and instead wrote “uses” pronoun, as gender identity is not a preference. In fact, today a resolution was passed to look at using gender -inclusive language and moving away from gendered language, such as “brother” and “sister”–something we have already passed in our own local!

Speaker/Author Ivan Coyote (Photo credit: Joshua Berson -CUPE BC, from their Facebook page)

We also heard from outgoing CUPE New Brunswick President, Daniel Legére, about the plight of workers working in nursing homes in NB who have been prevented from striking by the NB government through various court injunctions and appeals. Delegates of CUPE BC showed their support in a Facebook live stream, video can be found on CUPE BC’s Facebook page and here is the embedded video:

Outgoing CUPE NB President Daniel Legére (photo credit: Joshua Berson – CUPE BC, from their Facebook page)

Tomorrow, at lunchtime we are joining the student Climate Strike event at Victoria City Hall (time/location may change, so check here for up to date info:

This is not a labour strike (i.e. GVPL/AGGV staff are not striking!) but a student movement, which we are attending as guests. Anyone not working tomorrow, or on their lunch break, is welcome to join this public event. See the above website for details.

In Solidarity,

Darrell Joyce

President, CUPE 410- Greater Victoria Public Library & Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Workers

CUPE BC Annual Convention May 1-4, 2019 – Victoria BC

CUPE Local 410 – President Darrell Joyce and Treasurer – Vicki Sundher are pleased to represent the “Greater Victoria Public Library Workers” and the “Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Workers” at the 56th Annual CUPE BC Convention.

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CUPE marks International Workers’ Day 2019

On May 1, workers around the world rally to honour the fight for an eight‑hour workday, and to call for decent work, dignity and respect. CUPE recognizes International Workers’ Day, or May Day, in solidarity with millions of workers.

CUPE stands with all workers organizing for safe working conditions, a living wage, benefits and a decent pension, as well as for accessible, affordable public services. We draw inspiration from our international solidarity connections and the courage of workers who risk their lives every day for these demands.

Climate Strike Canada – May 3, 2019. Join CUPE members and thousands @ 12pm at the Victoria Legislature. More info about the movement can be found at

Climate Strike Canada is part of the global youth-led climate school strike movement. Our mission is to steer Canada off our current path of social and ecological catastrophe; creating a better world by cultivating a culture of compassion and respect.

Inspired by the Fridays for Future movement, students and supporters across Canada will be striking en masse on May 3rd, 2019.

Climate justice is about more than greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about workers’ rights. Indigenous rights. Migrant justice. Anti-racism. Affordable housing. Each battle is entangled within another, and we can’t win any if we don’t unite to fight them all.