Next General Membership meeting


Have a great summer everyone.

Saturday September 19 2015   – 10:30 am – muffins and coffee at 10am

On the agenda:

  • General Business
  • Election of Delegates to the CUPE National convention November 2015

As always, there are door prizes to be won. If you need child-minding services, please notify the office in advance.

New members – please arrive at 10:15am for registration

Worth The Wait!

Sisters and Brothers,

We have receiCUPE 23 Burnaby 9ved the decision on the arbitration held on Bro. Wayne Duifhuis’ promotional grievance. The arbitrator, Mr. David McPhillips, has upheld the grievance which means that we won our case! He found that the selection process which denied Bro. Duifhuis the position of Sub-Foreman Trades – Carpenter was fatally flawed because it denied our members the ability to properly exercise their contractual rights. This decision not only applies to Bro. Duifhuis, but will have effect on a number of promotional grievances which we have filed on behalf of members. We believe that this decision will result in a profound change to the City’s selection process, which can only benefit our members.

Mr. McPhillips said very clearly that it is inappropriate for the City of Burnaby to rely exclusively on the interview as the means to determine who will be successful in obtaining jobs. The language in the Collective Agreement requires that the City fully and properly take into account skill, knowledge and ability when making promotions. The City’s existing process only evaluates ability through the interview process and does not give proper weight to skill and knowledge.

He also said that the practice of interview panelists getting together after each interview to discuss each candidate was unfair as it was clear information was being introduced and discussed by the panelists which the candidates were not aware of or able to respond to.

The arbitrator has said that the competition should be re-done. This will not be possible until the City’s selection process has been revised to take into consideration the concerns raised by Mr. McPhillips. We have always said that the process was unfair and, in effect, discriminated against members who didn’t have the “gift of the gab”. We have been proved right.

Congratulations to Brother Duifhuis for persevering through this process. He filed his grievance in 2013 and it has been a long wait for this result. We also extend thanks to Mr. Will Clements, our legal representative from law firm of Koskie Glavin Gordon, who so ably presented our case.

In solidarity,

Simon Challenger


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Rally to Support Locked Out COPE-378 Members at BCAA

CUPE BC is holding a Rally and BBQ on Tuesday, July 21st to support the COPE-378 members locked out by BCAA Emergency Roadside Services. 70 workers have been locked out since June 5th.

The Rally will take place at the BCAA office located at 5590 Goring Street, Burnaby (between Holdom and Douglas Road behind Brentwood Lanes Bowling Alley) starting at 11:30 AM.  The BBQ will run between noon and 1:00 PM.  Free hot dogs and drinks for all.

Help show your solidarity with these locked-out workers by attending this important Rally!  Please bring other members from your local and your flags.

A good time was had by all…

We had a great BBQ at Confederation Park on Saturday.

We couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to our volunteers:
Brother Doug Graham
Brother Trevor Morgan
Sister Carli Harris
Sister Lise Kreps
Sister Linda Chobotuck
Sister Sarah Bjorknas
Brother Eric Merandi
Sister Kim Pearson

Sister Joyce Holmes

And another great performance by Brother Dan Kutin and his band Momentary Lapz!

Children's gamesMusic for everyoneChef DougDoor prizesWater fight!Time to eatSolidarity in Burnaby

Annual call for United Way Loaned Rep applications

Expressions of Interest for the opportunity to work as a United Way ‘Loaned Labour Representative’ are now being accepted.

Placement:​  Subject to partnership with the City of Burnaby and Council approval, ‘leave’ is provided from August through December 2015.

Duties:​ To serve as an extension of the United Way staff as a full-time resource person to Employee Campaign Coordinators and Committees at various workplaces to assist in planning and implementing effective employee campaigns.

Please note that the successful candidate must be available during the last week of August for training.

Application Deadline: July 10, 2015


BCFED Young Workers School – June 19-21

Attend the BCFED Young Workers School at Camp Jubilee

Join young workers from around the province for a weekend of learning, connecting and fun.

Each year the BC Federation of Labour hosts a young workers school at Camp Jubilee. The school is set in a retreat-like environment. Participants will attend courses to help them build skills related to the labour movement and political action. There will be outdoor activities and a chance to meet other young workers from around the province.

This year’s school will be held on
June 19-21, 2015

Interested members can contact CUPE Local 23 office by email: or phone: 604-298-0200 by May 29, 2015

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Miners’ Memorial Weekend – June 18-20

June 18-20, 2015
Locations throughout Cumberland, BC

For 30 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.
All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.

More information:

Cumberland Miners' Strike