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
  • Greater Victoria Housing Society

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

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Updates

Stay safe everyone!

Here are some resources that you may find useful:

Membership Impact

2020-03-20 3:00 PM

These are unprecedented times and everyone needs to pull together to get us and our communities through this. The Local’s executive members and CUPE National staff continue working with government and employers on actions that can be taken to protect our members’ health and employment, while continuing to deliver necessary services to the general public.

On Friday, March 20, CRD introduced a work-from-home policy and we encourage anyone who can take advantage of this to do so.

We also encourage you to practice social distancing at work, keeping physical contact with your coworkers to a minimum. Do not congregate in groups or in meeting rooms. We have been told that additional signage is being put up (at CRD) to remind people of the importance of doing this, as well as frequent hand washing, and staying at home if you are unwell.

We also need to remember to look after our own mental health, and suggest you read the information on COVID-19 and Anxiety.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us or your JOHS committee representatives if you have concerns about your workplace.

2020-03-18 8:00 PM

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 the CRD will be ceasing and or limiting public access to our staffed facilities.

Offices which will be limited to public access include:

  • CRD Headquarters Facility, 625 Fisgard Street;
  • Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Administration Office, 108-121 McPhillips;
  • Integrated Water Services, 479 Island Hwy;
  • CRD Animal Shelter, 5401 Pat Bay Highway;
  • Bylaw and Animal Care Services, 212-2780 Veterans Memorial Parkway;
  • Capital Region Housing Corporation, 631 Fisgard Street and 715 Millstream Road;
  • JdF Building Administration, 3 – 7450 Butler Road;
  • SSI Building Inspection, 206-118 Fulford-Ganges Road; and
  • SGI Building Inspection, 625 Fisgard Street.

All other facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice. The exception is the Hartland Landfill.
The full media release is found here on the CRD website.

2020-03-18 11:00 AM

We are working with the four employers to protect members’ health, benefits and pay during this emergency. This includes options to maintain social distancing.

The situation is changing every day. The four recreation centres ((Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Rainbow Road Pool, Panorama Recreation Centre and SEAPARC Leisure Complex) supported by CUPE Local 1978 members have been closed (2020-03-17) and that is affecting all members working there, particularly auxiliary or casuals (precarious workers). We are monitoring the situation and evaluating how we can best support them.

Regular staff at these centres are still working and some may be deployed to other work sites. Some auxiliary members are unfortunately being laid off but are being paid for two weeks (based on a member’s average hours of employment per week) and their Record of Employment will indicate they have been laid off due to the impact from the Coronavirus disease to make claiming EI easier.

CUPE Staff and Volunteers

Teleconferencing and Video Conferencing

If necessary, and until further notice, meetings may be conducted electronically via telephone town halls or videoconferencing.

Electronic Voting

Where adopting motions to conduct the regular business of the union, such as for decisions of the executive board or executive committee, voting can be done via email.

Where voting must be secret, such as ratifications or job action mandates, the local may use a secure and reliable electronic voting platform.

Nominations and Elections

Wherever possible, local elections should occur within the same time-frame as laid out in local bylaws. Nominations that might normally occur at a membership meeting can be done by email, and elections can be conducted electronically using a secure platform. If maintaining the existing time-frame is not feasible, the elections process can be delayed by up to one month.

Postponing Meetings

Where it is not possible to hold a meeting and remote solutions are not feasible, local meetings may be postponed for a period of one month. Applicable timelines in the bylaws will be extended accordingly. CUPE will be monitoring the situation across the country and will provide updates on this timeline if necessary. Refer to our Meetings page.

Health Tips and More Information

Reminder: If you are unwell, stay home. See link below for more info. Stay healthy, Everyone!
#washyourhands 👋🏻

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.…/dise…/covid-19/about-covid-19/symptoms

Martine King, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
James Brenay, CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Chair
Shawn McIntyre, CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Steward
CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Shane Reimer, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
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
VIHA Steward
Job Action Email
Sceni Powers, CRD Financial Services, Major Projects Trustee
Carli Hliva, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill Trustee
Dawn Moon, VIHA Vice President
Tom Benjamin, CUPE Local 1978 President
Kathy Marshall, CRD Finance, Payroll
Swati Scott VIHA Coordinator
James Kroening, CRD Integrated Water Services, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant
Karl Rogers, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Panorana Recreation CRD Coordinator
Graziella Martin, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks OH&S Coordinator
Brendon Parker, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Conrad Iuon Chair GVHS
Lindsay Fumalle VIHA Chair
Shawn Davies, West Shore Parks & Recreation WSPR Chair
Henry Lee, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Treasurer
Shirley Lyons, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Secretary
Debbie Schoening, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks Trustee