CUPE Local 1978 has between 1,400 and 2,000 members depending on the time of year and represents four bargaining units:

  • Capital Regional District
  • Island Health (Health Science Professionals at Vancouver Island Health Authority)
  • West Shore Parks and Recreation Society
  • Greater Victoria Housing Society

Members work all across the Gulf Islands and the southern end of Vancouver Island.

CRD: USW “Merger”

CUPE Local 1978 has negotiated an agreement with the CRD and USW Local 1-1937 that will allow USW members who work in the CRD’s Watershed Protection division to transfer to CUPE Local 1978. There are less than 20 USW members at CRD and after ratification they will have a choice to transfer to CUP Local 1978 or to stay in USW until they quit, retire, or otherwise leave the position. Those opting to transfer to CUPE will dovetail into our collective agreement, to which there will be very few changes to accommodate the work done by the USW members. Any new positions in Watershed Protection will be CUPE, and eventually CUPE Local 1978 will be the only union representing workers at CRD.
This agreement (Memorandum of Settlement) needs to be ratified by our members. We held two information sessions on Thursday, January 5, at 5 PM, and Wednesday, January 11, at 5:30 PM. We followed that with a Special Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. At the end of that meeting we launched the online ratification vote, open to all CRD members. See your personal email for the online ballot and for more information about the agreement and why you should support it by voting YES, please read our USW “Merger” page.

Martine King, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
James Brenay, CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Chair
Tyler Lynk, CRD Integrated Water Services, McLoughlin Wastewater Treatment Plant CRD Steward
CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Shane Reimer, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Coordinator
Coral Lee Henderson, CRD Bylaw and Animal Care Services CRD Steward
Graziella Martin, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
CRD Integrated Water Services CRD Steward
CRD Steward
Brett Wicker, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
CRD Steward
CRD Integrated Water Services, Macaulay Point CRD Steward
CRD Steward
Blair Barrett, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Steward
Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
Tom Judge GVHS Steward
WSPRS Steward
Michael McKinley VIHA Steward
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Sceni Powers, CRD Financial Services, Major Projects Trustee
Carli Hliva, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill Trustee
Frieda Shabrang, CRD Vice President
Tom Benjamin, CUPE Local 1978 President
Karley Field, CRD Finance, Payroll
Swati Scott VIHA Coordinator
James Kroening, CRD Integrated Water Services, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant CRD Coordinator
Ryan Swan, Tony Smerychynski, CRD Integrated Water Services, McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant CRD Coordinator
Tony Smerychynski, CRD Integrated Water Services, McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant CRD Coordinator
Perry Watson, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Jayden Grieve Chair GVHS
Lindsay Fumalle VIHA Chair
Shawn Davies, West Shore Parks & Recreation WSPRS Chair
Shirley Lyons, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Treasurer
Coral Henderson, CRD Bylaw and Animal Care Services Secretary
Debbie Schoening, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks Trustee