CUPE Local 50 News

Oct 31, 2017

City workers editorial needs to be clarified



OCTOBER 31, 2017 08:20 AM

Re: “City workers’ contract is too rich,” editorial, Oct. 24.

 As the president of the largest union representing employees of the City of Victoria, I want to clarify some of the statements in the editorial.

The editorial says: “We don’t know what Victoria agreed to this time around.” Many details of the agreement were published Oct. 11 in the Times Colonist.

A few other points that should be clarified:

Sick leave entitlement and accrual (banking unused sick time) has remained the same since 1984, and it’s important to note that there is no payout of unused sick days upon retirement.

The mentioned benefits split was adjusted to 80/20 in 2004.

An employee who has worked for more than 30 years earns 33 vacation days; the clause was negotiated in 1999. You have incorrectly stated they receive nearly twice that amount.

The vacation entitlement for an employee after completion of the first year has been 15 days since it was first negotiated in 1977.

But the bottom line is that everything in every collective agreement is negotiated between employers and employees. Gains and compromises are made by both sides during the process, and both parties agree to the final contract.

In our last round of collective bargaining, there were no improvements to any of the benefits mentioned in the editorial. Instead, representatives of the city and the union focused our attention on improvements for our auxiliary workers and made a commitment to work with the city to forge partnerships with local educational and trades-training institutions to support co-op work placements and apprenticeships.

We were glad to negotiate improvements that support young and new workers and their families. This will help to ensure they can live, work, pay taxes and otherwise contribute to the region over the long term. A wish we have for all workers.


John Burrows

President, CUPE Local 50

see more for the Times Colinist Editorial


Oct 10, 2017



Sep 25, 2017


Sep 24, 2017


Aug 9, 2017

NDP Proposed Labour Changes 



Aug 2, 2017

Labour Day Celebration

September 4th 2017


Aug 2, 2017

The Annual CUPE Local 50 Golf Tournament took place June 24. One hundred and four golfers took part in what was one of the largest turn outs in the history of the tournament.


May 17, 2017

Get ready for the 2017 CUPE Local 50 Annual Golf Tournament


May 5, 2017

This morning CUPE Local 50 members handed out information cards on why we need to vote in the upcoming election. It is time for a change in governments, please execute your democratic right and VOTE Tuesday May 9th.



May 3, 2017

Local 50 Executive members representing the local at the CUPE BC Convention in Victoria


May 1, 2017

 CUPE Local 50, IBEW 230, IAFF 730, Victoria Police Union and the City of Victoriawere awarded with Outstanding Committee Spirit Award, Outstanding Workplace Spirit Award and have become part of the Thanks a Million Club.



Mar 8, 2017

The new SPCA collective agreement for 2017 to 2019 is has now been posted.


Feb 21, 2017

Former Canadian Union Leader Bob White dies ... Canada’s unions are mourning the loss of a great and inspirational leader, former Canadian Labour Congress president Bob White, who has died at age 81.

White became president of the Canadian Auto Workers at its founding convention in 1985, where he served until being elected president of the Canadian Labour Congress in June 1992. He was re-elected in 1994 and retired in 1999.

Through that time he was recognized around the world as a staunch defender of human rights and social justice, and was an icon in Canada’s anti-apartheid movement.



Feb 13, 2017

Brother Steve Curry, 35 years with the City of Victoria, over 30 years on the CUPE Local 50's executive, 30 years as a CUPE Vancouver Island District council delegate and over 20 years as treasurer. We wish Steve all the best on his next adventure, whatever that may be! Happy Retirement Steve!




Dec 11, 2016

On Saturday December 10th CUPE Local 50 hosted the Annual Children's Christmas party.




Nov 22, 2016


Local 50's Annual Kids Christmas Party



Sep 27, 2016


Brother Bill Doherty

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held Saturday October 1st from 
2 – 5pm at the BC Government Employees’ Union Auditorium - 2994 Douglas St Victoria.


Sep 3, 2016

A Labour of Love:
A Labour Day Message from Michael Eso, President, Victoria Labour Council

For Canada’s unions, making life better for working people is, to put it simply, a labour of love. Values like fairness, equality and working together are what drive us to make a difference. Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work and the everyday victories we win to make life better for everyone. This year, there is much to celebrate.


Aug 31, 2016

CUPW Settlement

After 10 months of difficult negotiations, CUPW and Canada Post have reached tentative collective agreements for each of the Urban and RSMC bargaining units. Details below but more information on each point will be available in the coming days and the draft agreements will be made available to all members.

For Details fo the CUPW settlement follow this link .


Jul 8, 2016

Bill Doherty 

(October 04, 1929 - June 27, 2016)


Bill started working for the City of Victoria after the copper mine at Jordan River flooded, and worked as a pipefitter in the waterworks department until retirement. He was always active in the Victoria Labour Council, and served as President of CUPE local 50 multiple times. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and family, and generously shared his skills as a handyman. 

Link to Bill's obituary


Jul 6, 2016


Jun 20, 2016

The Friends of Crystal Pool, a group that Local 50 supports, wants to retain the pool and keep it publicly owned and operated have asked us to post this.

The time is here to tell the City what we want for improvements to Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre! Please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey before July 3:   Crystal Pool Survey


May 11, 2016

Yes, it's that time again to start thinking about the CUPE Local 50 annual golf tournament ... set the date aside Saturday June 25 and think about who you want in your foursome.
Remember all Past and Present members are welcome and for retired members there is no charge!


May 3, 2016

May Day - International Workers' Day

May Day has shared a date with International Workers' Day since the 1880s. At the time, labor movements around the world were fighting for fair work accommodations like eight-hour workdays and unions. 



May 2, 2016

CUPE Convention 2016

At the CUPE convention, CUPE National President Mark Hancock
and CUPE Local 50 President John Burrows


Apr 22, 2016

The National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. Every year on April 28th, the Labour Movement pays our respects to all workers who were killed or injured on the while on the job. In 2015, 182 workers were killed on the job.


Mar 8, 2016

International Women's Day


Feb 10, 2016

Lowry – William James, known to all as Bill, passed away on February 2, 2016 the way he would have wanted, in his own home, in James Bay and in his sleep.  Bill was born in Victoria, BC, in a house in James Bay on May 3, 1927, the youngest of 6 children.

Bill is predeceased by his wife, Pat and survived by his twins, Theresa (Mark) and Tom (Brigitte); his grandchildren, Jenna, Brandon and Nicholas; his last surviving sibling, brother, David and many nieces and nephews.


Dec 15, 2015

CUPE 50 ratifies first collective agreement with City of Langford

LANGFORD – CUPE Local 50, representing 18 RCMP support workers, ratified a collective agreement with the City of Langford on Monday, December 14. 


Nov 25, 2015

Christmas elves

Christmas elves ready for the Local 50 Childrens Christmas Party
December 12th from 1:00 to 3:00pm


Nov 25, 2015

Open letter to CUPE members in B.C.

My friends,

This will be my final web column as president of CUPE British Columbia. As you know, on November 4 I was honoured to be elected as your national president. Though I have already taken on my new responsibilities in Ottawa, I wanted to say a few words to each and every one of our 85,000 members in B.C.

Most importantly, thank you. Thank you for your support over my terms as secretary-treasurer and president of CUPE BC, but more importantly thank you for everything you do, every day, to make our communities, our province and our country better places to live and work. The vital public services you provide truly are the foundation of our communities and you don’t get nearly enough recognition for your work. Again, thank you.

It’s been an absolute privilege to have served our great union in British Columbia and I can assure you I won’t forget where I come from! I will continue to make B.C. my home, and as national president I will make every effort to support CUPE members in B.C., whether on the picket line or in the community.

I also want to thank Brother Paul Moist, our outgoing national president, for his 12 years of outstanding service and leadership. Paul has definitely left big shoes to fill, but I will do my best, for all of our more than 630,000 members across this great country.

Thank you again for all your support and the work you do every day. I will do my best to make you proud, and to continue making our union even stronger.

Mark Hancock is President of CUPE BC, representing 85,000 workers in communities across BC. 


Oct 15, 2015

Mark President CUPE BC, John President Local 50, Paul President CUPE National

We'd like to thank CUPE National President Brother Paul Moist for his years of service and endorse CUPE BC President Brother Mark Hancock for the postion of President of CUPE National.


Oct 5, 2015

CUPE National President Paul Moist, always a friend and supporter of Local 50, announces retirement after 12 years at the helm! In retirement, Brother Moist plans to continue his activism with the NDP and social justice groups such as the Council of Canadians. We wish him well in his retirement. Thanks for the memories!



Sep 16, 2015


Brothers Louie Macedo and Jamie De Amaral doing what they do best ....


Jul 19, 2015

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 welcomed 19 support workers from the RCMP detachment in Langford as new members this week. During a Local meeting, CUPE 50 President John Burrows introduced the executive, offered the members background information and shared the Local’s proud history of representing workers in the Victoria region for almost 100 years.



Jun 24, 2015

Golf tourney
CUPE Local 50's Annual Golf Tournament
June 27 2015
Tee offs start at 11:00am

Jun 24, 2015

Langford RCMP detachment support workers join CUPE 50!

Support workers at the City of Langford RCMP detachment decided to become members of CUPE Local 50 at a Labour Board vote on June 15.

“We warmly welcome these members into CUPE Local 50 and look forward to working together,” said CUPE 50 President John Burrows. Burrows noted that the RCMP support workers are a great fit with the local.

CUPE 50 served notice to bargain today and will commence bargaining a first agreement on behalf of the RCMP detachment support workers with the City of Langford.

CUPE Local 50 represents workers at the City of Victoria (inside and outside), Victoria Police Board, BCSPCA Victoria Branch, Gorge Vale Golf Club, Royal Oak Burial Park and the United Way of Greater Victoria.


May 21, 2015

Dear CUPE Members,

I am writing to you to encourage you to take quick action to support public control and operation of new sewage treatment in the Capital Regional District.

Elected officials in the CRD are working to a very tight timeline to put a new plan in place and secure funding from other levels of government.

We know that residents of the Core area are supportive of public sewage treatment. Every time public opinion has been tested on this, and as recently as the February 2015 Westside Solutions survey, it is clear that whatever new plans are developed, residents do not want privatized treatment. They want public control and operation of sewage treatment.

There is a lot at stake. That’s why I’m encouraging CUPE members, friends and family who live in Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay to fill in the Eastside Select Committee survey, designed to better understand public priorities for sewage treatment. Public ownership and operation is identified in the survey and it is important that elected officials hear from concerned citizens on this issue. The survey is only open until June 1, so please take a few moments to respond.

You can find the short survey here:

For those who are able to get a little more involved, the Eastside Committee is also hosting two siting workshops which will provide an opportunity for community members to work with engineers, planners and community organizations to look at siting considerations and outcomes for wastewater treatment on the eastside.

May 30, 10am-4pm in Saanich at the Cadboro Commons Dining Room at University of Victoria

May 31, 10am-4pm in Victoria in Salon A, the upstairs section of the Victoria Conference Centre.

The link to register for one of these events is

There are many reasons to get active for public sewage treatment. More public accountability, better environmental protection, support for the local procurement and jobs, and the fact that public is more affordable – to name a few.

The CRD wastewater treatment project is a very significant infrastructure development – one of the largest in Canada. What happens here will reverberate across the country. This matters for everyone. Please take a few minutes to fill in the survey and to do a little more if you can.

To support the work that needs to happen, CUPE 1978 has put in place a cost shared campaign with a campaign coordinator. The coordinator is Amanda Butler, a CUPE 410 member who works at the Victoria library. If you or someone you know wants to help support this campaign, please contact Amanda at

In solidarity,

Paul Faoro
CUPE BC Division


May 10, 2015


May 6, 2015

Victoria replacing parking police with in-house ‘ambassadors’

"The decision to bring parking enforcement in-house is a win for CUPE Local 50, marking the first new unionized work in the city in more than 20 years, said union president John Burrows.


Apr 23, 2015


Apr 21, 2015

Every year, around the world, unions mark the International Day of Mourning on April 28 to honour workers killed or injured on the job. It’s an important date for the labour movement: we remember those workers we’ve lost, and fight for better standards for today’s workers.

In 2014, six CUPE members lost their lives, and just four months into 2015 already five CUPE members have died on the job.

Mar 25, 2015


Feb 3, 2015

Supreme Court recognizes constitutional right to strike for Canadian workers


The Canadian Union of Public Employees is celebrating today’s Supreme Court decision recognizing the constitutional right of public sector workers to go on strike. CUPE, Canada’s largest union, is calling the decision a huge victory for all workers across the country.


Dec 14, 2014

Please accept our non-denominational holiday wishes with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. 

We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2015, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make this world great. 

Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.


Dec 14, 2014

Local 50 hosts the Annual Children's Christmas Party

Saturday Afternoon Dec. 13 

Santa and his posse


Nov 25, 2014

Please join us in welcoming our newly elected Executive members



Oct 22, 2014

LETTER: Re: Is CUPE running your city hall? B.C. Views (Oct. 1)


A response by CUPE President Mark Hancock


Oct 19, 2014

                   Municipal Elections are coming!
                  An opportunity to elect our Bosses
                   Make sure our voices are heard. 


Sep 6, 2014

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

Friday, September 5, 2015

VICTORIA, BC – The City of Victoria and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 50 have ratified a new collective agreement for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016.


Sep 6, 2014

Victoria  Police Board inks deal with CUPE Local 50 Workers

The Victoria Police Board and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 50 have ratified a new collective agreement for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016.


Aug 20, 2014

Get ready for the United Way Kick Off - September 17th



Aug 20, 2014


Labour Day is about remembering the sacrifices made by the generations that preceded us, and the gains they were able to make that benefit every worker today, whether unionized or not. Things so many of us take for granted, like the 8-hour day, or the 40-hour week. Weekends! Pensions, medicare, and other important benefits all came about at least in part because of the labour movement. [More]

Aug 19, 2014

Ratification Votes

All CUPE Local 50 members employed by the City of Victoria and CUPE Local 50 Civilians employed by the Victoria Police Board please take notice of the Ratification Vote for a new Collective Agreement.

Employees of the Victoria Police Board - Wednesday August 27th 
At the CUPE Local 50 Office, 2736 Quadra Street 
Meeting @ 5:00pm, Voting 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Employees of the City of Victoria - Wednesday September 3rd
At the Ambrosia Conference & Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street
Meeting @ 5:00pm, Voting 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Jul 26, 2014


A three year agreement was reached between CUPE Local 50 and the City of Victoria.

Tentative deal


May 28, 2014

Where did our Rights come from?  
The Rand Formula and the struggle for Union security.


May 25, 2014

CUPE Local 50's Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday June 14th 2014
Cedar Hill Golf Course 


May 25, 2014

After four meeting these are the issues/concessions the City of Victoria has proposed! [More]

Apr 27, 2014

Next meeting May 20th 2014 at 7:30 pm [More]

Mar 24, 2014

Sad news to share with all the members of CUPE Local 50. Brother Pete Mathews a long standing member of CUPE Local 50 has passed away. Brother Pete served with the Executive in various rolls for 20 years from 1976 to 1996. Our thoughts go out to his family.


Feb 19, 2014

Freedom to Read Week
What are the limits to freedom of speech? Can we put a price on our spoken and written words? If you’re in the Victoria area please make an effort to try to attend Silence is Gold during Freedom to Read Week. [More]

Feb 4, 2014

Dispelling the myths

Dispelling the myths and bias presented by BC Ferries and the BC Government concerning service cuts. BCFMWU President, Chris Abbott, speaking at the Gabriola Island ferries community engagement meeting, December 10, 2013.

see the video


Jan 31, 2014

CUPE is urging all members to support the Public Service Alliance of Canada campaign to protect veteran services.

Tell Stephen Harper you want fair treatment for veterans

See CUPE President Paul Moist letter to

Prime Minister Stephan Harper


Jan 25, 2014

A senior executive at Canadian Pacific explains what unions accomplish for everyone. Perhaps other Managers and Governments should listen.



Jan 19, 2014

Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan to phase in such an increase without delay. [More]

Dec 18, 2013

Santa and the kids at the Local 50 Christmas Party

Santa and Kids
A good time was had by all!



Dec 6, 2013

5th December 2013

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who became the first president of a democratic South Africa, passed away Thursday at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. He was 95.  Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.


Nov 9, 2013

City votes to Keep Backyard Pickup!

At the Governance and Priorities Committee meeting today the Mayor and City Council voted 5-4 against proposed changes to the Solid Waste and Kitchen Scraps program and to retain backyard collection. Mayor Fortin and Councillors Isitt, Gudgeon, Alto and Madoff voted to keep backyard collection and not to cut jobs.


Nov 1, 2013

John and KimParks Department Cupe Local 50 members kicked off their United Way Campaign on Wednesday.


Oct 14, 2013

Keeping the Crystal Pool Public

On October 10th Councilor Ben Isitt put forward a motion to keep the Crystal Pool a publicly owned and operated facility. Seven members of the public spoke to the Mayor and Councilor to support keeping the Crystal a public facility. 



Oct 5, 2013

The Municipal Pension Plan announced that there will be a increase to the contribution rates in July 2014.  The total 1.4% increase will be shared equally between Union Members and the Employer (0.7% each)


Sep 9, 2013

Keep Crystal Pool Public
See the Video


Aug 7, 2013

Great day at the pool! Thanks to everyone who helped out with the event, special thanks to Jo Ann Cook, Keely Cook and Megan Claughton.  Special thank also to all the workers who worked at the pool that day. Check out the full album of the CUPE Facebook page


Aug 3, 2013

Should the city of Victoria close Crystal Pool in order to cut costs?

Voters in the CFAX 1070 poll vote overwhelmingly to keep the pool open.


Aug 1, 2013

Victoria City Workers to keep Crystal Pool open for BC Day holiday! [ read Times Colonist article ]


Jul 29, 2013

Come out and try the facilities at the Crystal Pool

Jul 3, 2013

City of Victoria eyes whistleblower protection

Published: June 20, 2013 9:00 AM

Burrows said the primary goal of any whistleblower policy is to control spending and shed light on potential "tax-dollar wasting enterprises."


Jul 2, 2013

City should treat workers with respect
JUNE 22, 2013

Jun 22, 2013

City takes first steps on fate of aging Crystal Pool

Prior to the meeting, John Burrows, president of CUPE Local 50 representing city workers, distributed minutes from a 2011 council meeting in which a motion was passed supporting the retention of a public pool and fitness centre in Victoria.


Jun 22, 2013

Letter from the Times Colonist
City should treat workers with respect 
Re: “City of Victoria union workers fear layoffs,” June 19. 


Jun 14, 2013

Annual Golf Tourney June 29!
CUPE Local 50's Golf Tournament returns to Cedar Hill Golf Course on June 29.


May 23, 2013

Mayor and Councillors with the exception of Councilor Isitt voted to have staff conduct a review of the Parkades including automation. [More]

Apr 28, 2013

Day of Mourning

Local 50 members attended the Day of mourning ceremony at Centennial Square on April 28th.


Apr 22, 2013

The Day of Mourning is about more than remembering the 181 workers who died at the workplace in 2012. It’s also about fighting for the living and making our workplaces safer and healthier. Please make plans to attend the ceremony April 28th at Centennial Square @ 10:00 am. [More]

Apr 15, 2013

Executive members of Local 50 attend the 50th Annual CUPE BC Convention in Victoria April 10-13 [More]

Mar 15, 2013

CUPE Local 50 wins United Way Labour Participation Spirit Award! The Spirit Awards are given to organizations, teams and individuals who achieve outstanding results in their United Way campaigns. [More]

Mar 13, 2013

Victoria councillors took a step back from partial automation of city parkades Thursday, opting to consider it as part of a planned review of parking services. [More]

Feb 9, 2013

The City of Victoria operates five parkades downtown. The one on Johnson Street has been fully automated since 2002. The other four are staffed by workers who say they do a lot more than make change. The automation could affect five fulltime jobs, nine regular part time staff, and 13 auxiliary workers. Parkade staff are circulating petitions to stop the automation of the parkades. [More]

Feb 8, 2013

Check out this website take the Ten Percent Shift pledge! If enough of us shift just ten percent of our household spending to local goods and services from locally owned businesses, we can make a huge impact on the local economy.