The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference

The 2015 Conference – Leadership and Innovation – will take place May 22 to June 5. The Canadian Labour Congress is encouraging union members to be nominated for this opportunity. Deadline for application is September 30, 2014.

This Leadership Conference brings together 240 Canadians from labour, business, government and the community sector for a truly unique two-week experience aimed at broadening their perspectives on work, leadership, their communities and their country.

The 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference will examine the role that leaders play in stimulating, driving, managing and diffusing innovation in their organizations and communities. Conference members will experience situations where organizations embrace innovation as a positive and necessary mindset central to future success. They will experience situations where leadership is working or required to move groups forward on unfamiliar ground. They will learn how human capital is key to an innovative society. They will see first-hand how leaders shape outcomes for their organizations and society as a whole.

Applications and Sponsor Endorsement forms should be completed online at The deadline date for receipt of applications is September 30, 2014. Please be very thorough in your application.

“The Canadian Labour Congress strongly supports the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. We know the benefits participation has brought to individual trade unionists, their organizations, their communities, the labour movement, and this country.”

Reminder about The Fair at the PNE – Staff Discount Code

The CUPE 23 Social Committee would like to remind members that The Fair at the PNE is now on until Monday Sept. 1st. There is a promotion code for discounted passes/tickets purchased online including the Summer Nights Concert Series (reserved seating). Please contact the union office to get the City of Burnaby’s 2014 Online Promotion Code.

 This discount is only available for employees/members and their families.

Visit the Group Sales Online Ticket Program Events Web Page to purchase tickets for the event of your choice.

Come out and party in Burnaby on Labour Day!

Hey CUPE 23 members, we’re *hosting* Labour Day this year – it’s in Burnaby at Swanguard Stadium. We’re looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of tasks including security, shucking & cooking corn at the CUPE BC trailer and children’s activities. Please contact the local office to volunteer & receive a special edition t-shirt to wear at the event. Show your Burnaby pride and come to hear some great music from our own Dan Kutin & his band Momentary Lapz. Oh yeah, and Trooper too.


Activist Education opportunity

Parksville 2014 Weeklong School

Please go to our Education page to see the details and get an application form.  An excellent selection of workshops with a diverse range of topics are being offered and we are looking forward to another great school this year. Completed application forms must be received at the Union Office no later than Monday,September 22, 2014.

Union Supervisors in the Workplace – workshop

We are planning this course early in the fall. Although we do not yet have a confirmed date, we are accepting names for the waitlist for the course. It will be held in the Union office. You can register at the Union office via email: or by phone: 604-298-0200.

Once the date is confirmed, those who have sent their names in will have first option to attend.

Course description:

This workshop will help you build union solidarity in locals where some members of the union supervise other members. It provides tips on how unionized supervisors can carry out their duties and discusses how locals can ensure that tensions between supervisors and those supervised don’t get in the way of the local union’s activities.