CUPE 1908 Scholarship Winners

We at CUPE 1908 are so proud of all of our scholarship applicants.  These remarkable people are our future leaders, and we are pleased to announce our 2023 CUPE 1908 Scholarship winners!

Congratulations, in no particular order, go to:

Lamara Christie
Devyn Hughes
Louis Moore
Grady Paling
Ben Stalker


Season’s Greetings

Original Message From

Marc Hancock and Candace Rennick, CUPE National

Powered by the strength and determination of our 715,000 members nationwide, our great union has achieved so much this year.

We are on the front lines in communities across Canada, standing up for public services in the face of austerity, and for fairness in the face of injustice.

We want to thank all of our members, activists, and leaders for your hard work, your activism, and your commitment to building a better world and a better life for working people.

In the spirit of peace and solidarity, we wish you a restful holiday season and all the best for 2023.

In solidarity,

National President         National Secretary-Treasurer

CUPE 1908 President Featured in Public Employee Magazine

CUPE 1908 Communications would like to congratulate our wonderful and dedicated president, Loreen Matousek, on her recent photography showcase in CUPE BC’s Public Employees Magazine, Summer 2022 edition. You can view her work on page 7. The digital version of the magazine has been embedded below. Click the full screen button on the bottom right for the best viewing experience. Alternatively, click this link Public Employee – Summer 2022 – CUPE BC to find this and more on the CUPE BC website. Congratulations Loreen!


Support CUPE members trapped in Dominican Republic

Original Letter From

Marc Hancock and Candace Rennick, CUPE National

Sisters, brothers and friends,

For over four months, two of our members have been held in the Dominican Republic without charge, in fear for their lives, simply for doing their duty and following the law.

On April 5, flight attendants Christina Carello and Alexander Rozov – members of CUPE Local 4059 – were detained along with the rest of their crew after discovering and reporting suspected contraband on their plane in the Dominican Republic.

They followed their duty to the letter, and aviation experts say the crew’s actions likely averted an air disaster due to the weight and location of the contraband. Instead of receiving thanks for their actions, Christina and Alexander and the rest of their crew have been denied their freedom, and their rights to justice and safety. Dominican prosecutors want them held in prison for up to 12 months as an investigation drags on.

For four long months, CUPE’s Airline Division has been part of an ongoing effort to help bring Christina and Alexander home. Today, we are calling on our broader CUPE membership to join this effort. Together, we must step up the pressure on Dominican authorities and on the Canadian government.

Christina and Alexander are part of our union family, and we must do what we can to bring them home to their lives and their loved ones in Canada.

Each of us can do our part and make a difference. We are urging all members and locals to visit the website to support Christina and Alexander today.

In solidarity,

Mark Hancock
National President

National Secretary-Treasurer

Safe Union Spaces

Original Letter From

Safe Union Spaces Working Group

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends,

Over the past months, CUPE’s Safe Union Spaces Working Group has worked with external consultants to examine gender-based violence and other forms of discrimination and harassment in our union. We have completed a policy review, a survey, and a series of focus and listening groups as part of this work.

The Working Group met to review the internal and external recommendations that emerged from our research. Our report on the findings was presented at the National Executive Board and is available here.

The report contains a series of recommendations. These involve how to respond better when gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment complaints are raised and how to change our organizational culture to prevent incidents from happening.

The Safe Union Spaces Working Group is now strategizing how to implement these important recommendations, with appropriate support from staff. We will continue to report back to members as our work progresses.

In solidarity,

Candace Rennick, National Secretary-Treasurer (Co-Chair)
Debra Merrier, Diversity Vice-President, Indigenous Workers (Co-Chair)
Judy Henley, General Vice-President (MB, SK) (Co-Chair)
Sherry Hillier, General Vice-President (NS, NL, NB, PEI)
Lee-Ann Kalen, General Vice-President (BC, AB, Territories)
Nan McFadgen, Regional Vice-President (NS)
Yolanda McClean, Regional Vice-President (ON)
Gina McKay, Regional Vice-President (MB)
Karen Ranalletta, Regional Vice-President (BC and Yukon)
Barb Nederpel, Regional Vice-President (BC and Yukon)

National Day of Mourning

Original Letter From

Loreen Matousek, President, CUPE 1908

Hello members.

Before COVID, CUPE1908 and the City of Salmon Arm took the time to remember those that have fallen on the Day of Mourning. Due to COVID we did not have the service in 2020 nor in 2021.
This year was supposed to be different; the City and our Union had planned on a service at Marine Park.
But, due to my busy schedule, I was not able to provide the support to the City to accomplish having the service happen. I feel that I have let you all down and for that I am sorry.

The Day of Mourning is very important to our union members, to our executive and to me.
I look forward to next year when we can be together to provide support to one another and grieve for those who have died on the job or who were hurt.