CUPE 410 Walks and Fundraises for the Coldest Night of the Year

Team CUPE 410- A Novel Bunch gathers outside Our Place before the Coldest Night of the Year walk. Thanks to Glenn McKenna for taking the photo of our team. 

CUPE 410 Members, joined by some of their family members, participated in this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk on February 26. The Local kicked things off with a $500 donation, approved at our January General Meeting. Team members continued fundraising for a total of $1670 raised for Our Place. A big thanks to all who participated and donated this year. A special thanks to Kate Wood for getting us registered, getting our toques, and being an awesome team organizer!

 

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).

STUDENTS MUST USE THE CURRENT (Revised: May 2021) “GV CUPE Scholarship Award Application Form 2021.”  DO NOT USE ANY OTHER FORM OR YOU MAY BE AT A DISADVANTAGE TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD.

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.

The Kim Manton Spirit Award

The following has been shared with us by Local 374.

THE KIM MANTON SPIRIT AWARD

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. 

 AWARD GOAL 

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. 

THE AWARD 

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. 

CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

• 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. 

KIM MANTON SPIRIT AWARD

Nomination-Form-for-Spirit-Awards

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:

WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO

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/

Postcard from 2019 CUPE National Convention

Vicki Sundher, Treasurer-Secretary, Darrell Joyce, President, Rebecca Baugniet, Membership Secretary and Fatima Ferreira, Correspondence Secretary:
Your CUPE Local 410 delegation to 2019 CUPE National Convention

Greetings from Montréal! It is our last day at the 2019 CUPE National Convention and we wanted to send our membership a quick postcard before we head home to Victoria.

For those of you who are unsure about what happens at a CUPE National Convention, here is a quick summary. It is a week-long opportunity for delegates from CUPE locals across Canada and in many different sectors, to come together, learn more about the challenges that are facing other sectors in our union, hear committee reports from the different sectors and debate and vote on constitutional amendments and resolutions.

Our week started on Sunday afternoon, when we registered, received our convention packages (including a voting card and ballots) and participated in the library sector meeting. This was a chance to hear from the CUPE Libraries committee and discuss challenges facing libraries with members from other locals. The committee drew our attention to Resolution No. 150, submitted by CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council (B.C) and Locals 2329 (N.L.) and 1169 (Alta.). This resolution states that “CUPE NATIONAL WILL: Create a national campaign that increases awareness of the important services provided by CUPE library workers in public library boards, schools, and post-secondary education institutions. The campaign will highlight some of the key challenges experienced by CUPE library workers across the country.”

This resolution came to the floor yesterday afternoon, and I am pleased to report that following several eloquent speakers supporting the resolution, it was adopted! This is one example of a resolution that is important to our own sector, which we learned now represents over 22,000 library workers across Canada. Over the past week we have heard from many other sectors and adopted many other constitutional amendments and resolutions (a few have been defeated as well). We have heard how our union is supporting workers across this country and internationally. We are members of Canada’s largest union – now over 700,000 members strong! It was inspiring to hear how CUPE is working to fight for better workplaces, living wages, defending pension plans and health and safety protections. We also had the chance to hear from international labour activists, such as Sara Nelson, the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO and Geici Maiara Brig, a union leader from SINTRASEB, Brazil. Our special guest on Wednesday was Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal NDP party. You can read more about Sara Nelson’s visit here and Geici Maiara Brig’s here.

If members have any questions about this convention, please don’t hesitate to approach or email any member of the delegation – we will be happy to answer your questions. In addition, publications and reports can be found online at cupe.ca. Happy Thanksgiving CUPE Local 410!