CUPE National Convention, Vancouver, BC Nov 1-6, 2015
CUPE BC President Mark Hancock is running for President of CUPE National at the CUPE National Convention next week! I have worked with Mark for the past three years and he has been a true friend and ally of our local and the Post Secondary Sector in BC. He has mentored me and helped me grow as a labour activist and an advocate for CUPE’s young workers. I wish him all the best as he runs against an equally strong and passionate candidate, Fred Hahn of CUPE Ontario. While I am proud to endorse Mark, I feel confident that CUPE will be in great hands either way. Check out Mark’s campaign site here: http://www.mark2015.ca/.
I am also thrilled to support a member of our UBC family, Karen Ranalletta, President of CUPE 2950 at UBC, in her bid for election as a national trustee! Karen is one of the most forthright and steadfast trade unionists I have ever worked with and we will be lucky to have her serving at the national level.
Local 2278 is sending 7 delegates who will help chart the course of our national union for the next two years. We will post updates to our Facebook throughout convention, so stay tuned!
-Trish Everett-Kabut, President CUPE 2278
CUPE 2278 Executive Elections Nov. 19, 2015
We will be holding our Executive Elections on Nov. 19! All Department Representatives are requested to join us at 4:30 to elect your Chief Shop Steward and General Members are asked to join us at 5pm to vote in your new Component I Executive Committee. The location is still TBD, but will be posted here and on Facebook as soon as it is confirmed with Room Bookings at UBC.
Interested in joining us? There is plenty of room on the Exec and we could use the help! With bargaining finished for the most part, the big projects for the coming year will be the job reclassification evaluation to address wage disparities and anachronistic positions as well as work to establish our financial hardship/tuition fund won in the last round of bargaining. Day to day operations of the union, assisting with grievances, political action, campus action and member engagement/outreach/socials will also be ongoing. Working on the executive is about a 1-2 hour per week commitment and there is a $400 stipend per semester for your service. Other possible perks include travel for union business/conferences/conventions and the warm and fuzzy feelings of helping fellow TAs and making UBC a more equitable place!
If you would like to nominate yourself, please email a brief bio (about 400 words or so) detailing your skills and why you are interested in a position to firstname.lastname@example.org before election day on Nov. 19. As nominations are received, they will be updated here.