Niagara District CUPE Council Strategic Planning @ 110 Hannover Drive, St. Catharines
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

CUPE locals in the Niagara Region are affiliated to their regional central body – Niagara District CUPE Council. It is run by elected delegates from the locals, including ours.

On September 21 the NDCC is having a strategic planning session to set priorities and goals for CUPE in the region for the year to come. CUPE represents workers in the public sectors — health care, education, municipal, social services, and post-secondary.

Planning and preparedness for things to come is extraordinarily important since the Ford government in Ontario is dead set to wage a vicious offensive on the working class by weakening or altogether destroying delivery of public programs and thus jeopardize existence of vital social services.

Labour unions, especially in the public sector, are of course also in the cross hairs of the government that seeks to make it easier for the super rich to become even richer. Public sector workers deliver crucial services to the public. The public are workers as well and what kind of necessary social services they receive depends on number and variety of programs and their adequate and quality staffing. The attack on social services is exactly one that hits funding and staffing levels the most. Under such conditions it is not only the workers who are losing but also those who need and use the services and programs!



CUPE Workshops – Intro to Stewarding & Recording Secretary
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

These two workshops were requested by our local and will be hosted by the Niagara District CUPE Council. They will be offered September 22-23, 2018.

This is just a heads up. Details and registration link will follow.

  • Introduction to Stewarding

o   What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory workshop is for you!

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • investigating workplace problems;
  • filing a grievance;
  • meeting with management;
  • dealing with workplace complaints.
  • Recording Secretary

o   Recording Secretaries play a vital role in keeping local unions strong.

Learn how to:

  • take clear and accurate meeting minutes;
  • organize files;
  • process and write correspondence;
  • Communicate effectively with members.

We have put in the request to host the two courses fort September 22-23 at the Niagara CUPE Area Office.

Once we receive that the course registration is open we will send out an email.

General Members Meeting @ THISTLE 246
Sep 27 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This is our first GMM in the 2018/2019 term.

General Members Meeting is open to all members – you have a voice and a vote. There is also food and drink at the meeting 🙂

There is a lot on the agenda – especially ELECTIONS. We (you) will be electing two positions for the Executive Committee*, and one health and safety representative.


  • VP graduate student members
  • Health and Safety rep
  • Equity Officer
  • Unit 3 VP and  Steward
  • Unit 2 VP and Steward


  • H&S Conference delegates
  • Women Conference delegates
  • And we are giving notice of election (a heads up) for the Bargaining Committee of Unit 2 (that will take place at GMM in October); and for the election of Bargaining Committee of Unit 1 (at GMM in November).



MicroSocial #1: WONDERLAND
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 pm

This is the first of our series of MicroSocials.

The local has commissioned a bus to take 46 members to Canada’s Wonderland amusement park. 

Book your seat by paying $35 for tickets. We do have a debit machine. Email or call him at 289 440 7991 with details on payment.

MicroSocial #2: The Debaters @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Debaters are coming to St. Catharines!

Our local has purchased 10 tickets or members who indicate they want to go. October 2, Tuesday, 7:30 pm.

The tickets are available for mere $20 for this famed, hilarious and witty CBC radio comedy show. Just email the union at if you would like to go. You can pay cash or by debit (we do have a debit machine…).

The Debaters is the hit show where comedians go toe-to-toe in a battle of laughs and logic. Hosted by award-winning funnyman Steve Patterson, the program is a combustible combination of sharply crafted comedic rants and hilarious ad libs. The engaging format is part stand-up, part quiz show and part comedy competition, with the live audience picking the winners.

To see what is this about check out/download the past shows here.

MicroSocial #3: Bruce Trail hike in the beauuuutiful Niagara Escarpment
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is our MicroSocial number 3. We asked the Niagara Bruce Trail Club to give us a hand with this one. It’s a free and very beautiful walk through the autumn colours of the escarpment.

If you like socializing and enjoying nature and movement at the same time, this one is for you!

Email VP Unit 1 Leila Meskine at for info.




There is no cost associated with this social.

MicroSocial #4 IceDogs
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm