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.

International Workers Day - EN

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.

Meeting notice – April 1, 2019

Local 410

Membership Meeting

Monday, April 1st (No Fooling Around) 😊😊😊

6:30 PM

Location: Saanich Centennial Branch

Agenda highlights: 

Elections for the following positions:


Bruce Hutchison: VACANT

Central Saanich: VACANT

Goudy / Langford: VACANT

Saanich Centennial: VACANT


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV): VACANT 


Union Management Committee (member-at-large): VACANT

Membership Secretary: VACANT

We hope to see you there!

Food will be provided. 

If you need childcare, please let your steward know.

BC Library Association and CUPE BC partner to support Summer Reading Club

“CUPE BC is generously contributing $50,000 to ensure that BC Summer Reading Club continues to award medals to children across the province who participate in this successful, inclusive and much-loved program.”

CUPE 15 members at the Vancouver Art Gallery vote to ratify settlement agreement

“Our members successfully fought back against a number of concessions, and won several key provisions that will improve the working conditions and compensation of Gallery workers today, and for years to come,” said CUPE 15 President Warren Williams.

CUPE 15 applies for mediation in Vancouver Art Gallery dispute

“After more than eight months of bargaining, our members are frustrated that Gallery managers continue to insist on a major concession and refuse to move from their position,” said CUPE 15 President Warren Williams. “We are hopeful that a mediator can help rebuild the relationship between the parties in order to bring about a fair, respectful and negotiated settlement.”

Creston Valley library workers ratify new agreement

CRESTON – CUPE 4959 and the Creston Library Association have signed off on a new collective agreement that includes a range of provisions and expanded benefits that will have a positive impact on families in the Valley, the local said today.

“We want to acknowledge the positive relationship with Creston’s new Chief Librarian, Saara Itkonen,” said CUPE 4959 President Gail Southall. “We hope this agreement and the productive discussions at the bargaining table will help those good relations continue well into the future.”

The revised agreement includes new language covering a wide variety of important topics. Some new provisions address precarious work and introduce leave for workers required to care for sick family members as well as those who have experienced domestic violence. The new contract also expands existing benefits to include same sex partners, and introduces new policy and procedures to prevent or respond to workplace harassment.

“Workers are especially pleased with the addition of leave and benefit provisions, as well as the measures to address precarity,” said Southall. “Ultimately, each of these provisions strengthen our community by providing necessary support to families, which—in a small town like Creston—can have profound, positive, community-wide impacts.”

The five-year agreement features a 10-per-cent cumulative wage increase in addition to other adjustments resulting from changes to the minimum wage in British Columbia. Workers at the Creston Valley Public Library have been working without a contract since the past agreement expired in December of 2017.

November 29, 2018