Meeting December 14th at Pearkes Rec Centre

The Executive of CUPE Local 410 will be holding an information session on Thursday, December 14th from 7-9 pm.

We have booked meeting space in the Owen Room at the G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Road.  (Next to SC)  We’ll be on hand to discuss matters related to membership for staff of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Please follow the link below to indicate your attendance.  If you are unable to attend you may also use this form to submit your questions and we’ll follow up accordingly.

Thank you on behalf of the Executive of CUPE Local 410

Library workers, this is your chance to be heard! *DEADLINE EXTENSION*

CUPE has launched Phase 2 of the National Survey of Precarious Employment in the Library Sector, and we are inviting all library workers to participate in the online survey.  More info here.

The survey is now online at the following link:



The survey will expire at midnight on Sunday, December 31st, 2017.

New and returning CUPE 410 officers!

Last night at the 410 AGM we chose a new executive, plus stewards and other officers for the union.  Thank you all for your kind support.  We will serve all of the members in our union to the best of our abilities.  Below is a list of your new and returning officers.  We will be accepting nominations shortly for the vacant positions, and will hold an election during the January meeting (date/location TBD).


Executive committee:

President – Helen Hughes

Vice-President – Melissa Worobel

Treasurer – Vicki Sundher

Recording Secretary – vacant

Membership Secretary – Darrell Joyce

Correspondence Secretary – Fatima Ferreira



Bruce Hutchison – vacant

Central (1) – Adrienne Else

Central (2) – Rondallyn Perras

Central Saanich – Sue Grant

Emily Carr – vacant

Esquimalt – Fatima Ferreira

Goudy/Langford Heritage – vacant

Juan de Fuca/CaTS – Ursula Benoit

Nellie McClung – Marianne Baatz

Oak Bay – Jessica Johnson

Saanich Centennial – vacant


3 year Trustee: Adrienne Else



OH&S chair – Laura Baker

Union Management Member-at-Large – Adrienne Else



AGM – November 20th @ Nellie McClung

Our AGM is only a couple of weeks away on November 20th (6:30pm) at the Nellie McClung Branch.

Elections for the executive, stewards, and officers will be held that night.  In order to facilitate a more fair and efficient meeting, please fill out the nomination form here if you’d like to nominate somebody for a position in your union.  The form closes November 13th at midnight.  Nominations can also be made on the floor.

Food will be provided as per usual.  If you need any childcare or carpool assistance that evening, please contact your branch steward.


For more information please see the post on our forum under General > General Questions > List of positions for 2017/18 election

If you need help logging into the website, please fill out our contact form.  We’ll try to get back to you within 24 hours.

CUPE 410 donates $500 to support Indigenous victims of mining repression

“Thirteen Q’eqchi’ plaintiffs, suing Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Guatemalan subsidiary company, formerly owned by Hudbay) for mining related repression, are coming to Toronto, Canada (11 of them in November 2017; 2 more in early 2018) to be deposed by Hudbay lawyers as part of the precedent setting Hudbay/CGN lawsuits…

Funds raised are paying for many of the costs of the 13 plaintiffs (and two accompaniers) travelling from their home communities in rural, eastern Guatemala, to Toronto and back again.  Eleven of the plaintiffs are uni-lingual Q’eqchi’ speakers who have never travelled outside of Guatemala, let alone travelled in a plane.  As Hudbay will incur some of the expenses, our costs include: in-Guatemala travel; in-Canada travel; food and lodging in Guatemala (near airport); acquiring passports & visas; purchasing extra clothing and footwear (for people who live in one of the hottest regions of Guatemala); family stipends to leave food and care-givers for children staying at home; two Rights Action trips to Guatemala in October, to help prepare the plaintiffs for the trip and accompany them.”

  • Exerpt from “Indigenous plaintiffs come to Toronto, Nov.6-25, to be deposed by Hudbay Minerals lawyers:  Is Justice Possible in Canada or Guatemala for Hudbay Minerals/CGN Mining Repression?”


If you’re interested in reading more about this court case, you can access the complete article here.

There is also additional information at the Mining Justice Action Committee website

CUPE 50 – City of Victoria workers – have new Collective agreement

From CUPE BC website:

City and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 50 Ratify Four Year Collective Agreement

VICTORIA, BC – The City of Victoria and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 50 have ratified a new four-year collective agreement for the period of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

Terms of the agreement include wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year and 2 per cent in each of the following three years. There are also improvements in pay and benefits specific to auxiliary workers, and new provisions that will see the City and CUPE forge partnerships with local educational and trades training institutions to support co-op work placements and apprenticeships.

The general wage increases are consistent with negotiated settlements in other B.C. municipalities covering the same time period, including White Rock, Squamish, Vancouver and the Comox Valley Regional District.

The new agreement represents the first independently-negotiated collective agreement between the City and CUPE Local 50 in more than 40 years. It was ratified by CUPE Local 50 on September 27 and by the City of Victoria late yesterday afternoon. The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents the City’s largest union with close to 850 members.

“The ability to negotiate directly with our workers has resulted in a collective agreement in line with others across the province, new opportunities for students and apprentices, and an unprecedented four-year agreement,” said Mayor Helps. “I’d like to thank union leaders and management for their hard work together in reaching this collective agreement.”

“We are pleased to have concluded this round of respectful bargaining,” said CUPE 50 President John Burrows. “Negotiating directly with the City allowed us to have clear discussion about issues our members are facing, which better enabled us to negotiate an agreement that not only benefits city workers but also helps improve community services. We look forward to continuing to partner with the City to deliver quality public services to Victoria residents and businesses.”

Convention 2017: Moving forward together

Posted by CUPE National:


Last week at our National Convention in Toronto, 2,200 delegates engaged in debates around our union’s priorities, policies and structure. Working together, much was accomplished. Here are some of the key decisions that were made.

Strike Pay

Delegates approved a resolution to begin pay for eligible members of striking locals on the first day of a strike, instead of the fifth, as is currently the case. This move will strengthen the position of locals who encounter obstinate and unreasonable demands from employers at the bargaining table. This change to strike pay is effective immediately.

Coupled with the union’s renewed bargaining policy, which rejects all attempts by employers to force concessions and two-tier proposals on workers, we now have a full set of tools to take on bargaining in a climate of aggressive austerity.

Strategic Directions

Delegates also adopted CUPE’s Strategic Directions, which establishes the union’s priorities for the next two years. The plan sets out how we will make gains in our workplaces and communities, fight racism and discrimination in all its forms, defend public services, and advocate for a better country and world.

Task Force on Governance

Delegates approved a resolution to create a Task Force on Governance which will review the structure of our union as laid out in the constitution. Our governance structure has not changed significantly since our inception as a union in 1963, despite the substantial growth and changes in our membership in the intervening 54 years, and this assessment is long overdue.

The task force will look at the current and historic composition of our leadership, the role and responsibility of the positions that make up the National Executive Board, and the structure of our chartered organizations as well as that of other labour organizations. The task force will make recommendations to the National Executive Board by March 2019, and the NEB will submit any constitutional amendments necessary to the 2019 National Convention.