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Support to Locals

CUPE National provides the staff to support the work of CUPE locals. These include servicing representatives, technical staff and support staff. In B.C., the reps work from the BC Regional Office in Burnaby and out of nine Area Offices around the province. Click here for the office contact information.

Servicing Representatives

Servicing Representatives, also called National Representatives, help CUPE locals in their day-to-day affairs. They help locals develop bargaining proposals and assist in negotiating collective agreements. Reps provide advice when employers are not living up to the terms of the agreement. They organize new members into CUPE. For more information on bargaining, visit our Sector updates section.

Technical Staff

Communications Representatives work with locals to develop communication strategies. They produce news releases, pamphlets, posters, letterheads, videos, buttons, newspaper ads, radio and TV commercials for bargaining, special events and public awareness. They travel the province but work primarily from the BC Regional Office. For more information on CUPE’s communications activities, visit News or Campaigns and issues.

Legal advises CUPE locals and staff on grievances, arbitrations, interpretations of collective agreements, legislation, legal matters and related problems.

Job Evaluation compares jobs on the basis of content, skill, responsibility, effort and working conditions. It guarantees that employees are paid according to their job content based upon equal pay for work of equal value.

Research develops briefs, presentations and background material to support union positions and activities. They also assist in the collective bargaining process as well as providing information to bargaining committees and staff to argue their case at the negotiating table.

Health and Safety develops programs and strategies to protect members from occupational diseases, illness and injury as well as promoting safety in the workplace.

Education provides internal training to members so that they may carry out their union responsibilities. For more information about union education, click here.

Equality works to improve the status of women and minority groups in the workplace by developing initiatives and materials to advance equity issues and fight discrimination.

Legislative Coordinator is responsible for government relations at the provincial level. This includes meeting with elected officials and bureaucrats and representing CUPE on government committees and panels.

Support Staff

Support staff provide administrative and clerical support to Servicing Representatives and Technical staff at all CUPE offices throughout the province.