CUPE 2950 – 2016 Highlights – A Year in Review:



  • Newly appointed, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro visited the local to report on the business of CUPE BC which included meetings with various cabinet ministers including the Minister of Advanced Education.



  • Karen, along with the presidents of locals 116 and 2278 meet with the President’s Search Committee to give feedback on the search process for the new President of UBC. The three of us go in with a united mandate of equity, accountability, relationship building and accessibility.

  • We also secure a standing spot at all BoG Meetings



  • International Women’s Day Lobby – Victoria – March 8th. Karen attends on behalf of CUPE BC with other women senior ranking officers of the BC Federation of Labour to lobby government on childcare, minimum wage and sexual assault services in British Columbia. We met with Andrew Weaver – Leader of the Green Party and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, BC Liberals Minister of Labour Shirley Bond and Minister of Child and Family Development Stephanie Cadeiux and NDP MLAs Judy Darcy (New Westminster), Maurine Karagianis (Esquimalt-Royal Roads), Shane Simpson (Vancouver Hastings) and Doug Donaldson (Stikine).

  • Meetings with George Heyman MLA Vancouver Fairview and David Eby MLA Vancouver Point Grey to discuss concerns about UBC administration and the Board of Governors.

  • Locals 116 and 2950 send a joint letter to the BoG to emphasize that accountability and transparency are fundamental to the running of a world-class institution

  • Meeting with Dr Piper and All Employees’ Group Council to discuss joint areas of concern – governance and the handling of the sexual assaults on campus

  • CUPE National All Committees Meeting – Ottawa – Karen is appointed co-chair of the National Library Workers Committee. Set priorities of precarious work, working with the new Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) and Library month





  • BC Library Association Conference – May 9-11th – the locals send 5 members to the BCLA conference. CUPE BC presents the results of the health and safety survey launched the previous year.

  • Aaron Ekman, Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour attends our CUPE 2950 GMM to update the membership on the Fed’s initiatives and campaigns. He also gives a comprehensive history lesson on why the NDP is the party of the labour movement.



  • David Eby, MLA Vancouver-Point Grey attends our CUPE 2950 GMM to speak about housing and affordability

  • Karen attends the CUPE National Library Workers Committee meeting and the last Canadian Library Association Conference.

  • Karen attends her first CUPE National Trustees meeting in Ottawa to review the finances of the national union.



  • We had our largest turn-out ever for our annual BBQ with 550+ members attending. Our newly formed Communications and Member Engagement Committee elicits responses from members on what they value, what they find challenging and what they want President Ono to know about working at UBC. Between the food, music by our own shop steward and Executive member Maria Ho and great company – a great time was had by all!

  • As a member of the CUPE BC Executive Karen attended the annual CUPE BC Think Tank where the executive board and CUPE staff join together to enact the action plan adopted at the convention.


  • VGH BBQ – we have 60+ members show up for the BBQ at VGH on a nice sunny day.

  • A sad moment for the local when we lost Brother Richard Hare, Executive and Health and Safety Committee chair for 25+ years.


  • Our local also joined in with locals 15, 1004, 391 and 389 to sponsor progressive writers at the annual WORD Vancouver festival at the end of September.

  • Labour Day – 54-40 headlines the annual BC Federation of Labour’s Labour Day celebration at Swanguard stadium

  • Karen is appointed to the UBC President’s Advisory Committee on the Vision Process

  • The local meets with the UBC AVP Equity and Inclusion to discuss the draft Sexual Assault Policy.



  • CUPE BC Universities Committee Meeting – October 14th – the presidents of locals 116 (UBC), 2278 (UBC), 951 (UVIC), 907 (UVIC), 4879 (TRU), 4163 (UVIC) meet to discuss issues in the sector – this includes joint safety committees and other related labour relations issues

  • CUPE National Sector Council Conference – Winnipeg – October 16-20 – Karen and Susanne meet with post-secondary locals from across the country to discuss issues in the sector. The focus was on sexual violence on campus (policies, political action and support for shop stewards when dealing with members who have been assaulted or who are dealing with students who have been assaulted). We also created a better network to bounce issues and ideas off of each other- Karen will be working with Sister Janice Folk-Dawson from CUPE 1334 at the University of Guelph on the post-secondary resolutions for CUPE at the Canadian Labour Congress Convention in 2017.

  • October is Library Month and our Vice President and Chair of the Contract Committee Susanne Lester is featured!



  • We trained 6 new shop stewards! YAY! They are energetic, engaged and the eyes and ears on the shop floor for the union. More training opportunities will be available this coming year.

  • CUPE BC Education Conference – November 7-9 – we sent 3 members to attend this conference that was focused on the challenges to public education in K-12, Colleges and Universities in British Columbia. We heard from Alberta’s Minister of Education David Eggen as well as a panel of BC Education advocates that consisted of Critic for Education MLA Rob Fleming, Critic on Advanced Education MLA Kathy Corrigan and Chair of the Vancouver School Board Mike Lombardi. We attended workshops in building relationships with First Nations, what you need to know about the School and Universities Acts, violence in post-secondary, attendance management and others.

  • BC Fed Convention – November 28-December 2nd – 10 members were elected to attend this convention in Vancouver. Keynote speakers included Dr. Cindy Blackstock (advocate for First Nations children in care in Canada), Charlie Demers (local progressive writer and host of CBC’s Debaters), and Leader of the Official Opposition John Horgan. Resolutions debated on the floor included everything from poverty reduction strategies, the fentanyl crisis, underfunding of post-secondary education, labour code enhancements, privatization of health care and so many more. The members who attended the convention will be speaking about it at our next union meeting so you can hear more about what happened at the convention

Whew! The next year will be just as busy I’m sure – our 2 year plan continues into 2017 :

  • recruitment and training of more shop stewards and activists

  • ensure we keep using new communication tools to reach out to members

  • keep up to date on trends in labour relations/benefits/pensions

  • keep pushing CUPE BC, National and the BC Fed to ensure that post-secondary is part of their political action plan at every level

  • start building a mentorship and successorship plan to capture the wisdom of our long serving activists before they retire