CUPE 926 Mourns the loss of Kenny Tucker

It is with great sadness that we announce that Kenny Tucker has passed away.  He passed away May 22nd 2020 with Carolyn at his side.  There will be a celebration of life, however, that won’t occur until it is safe to do so. We send our deepest condolences to Carolyn and the Tucker family.

CUPE 926 Behind the Scenes of the Front Line

Earlier this week Wilfrid Laurier University started housing medical staff working the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Healthcare workers who have chosen to live away from their families during the pandemic started moving in to Bricker Residence.
CUPE 926 members are working hard to support the region’s front line workers by assisting in cleaning and maintaining the building.
The Executive has worked closely with management in order to protect our workers, including providing the necessary PPE as well as offering spaces for employees to store work uniforms and fully clean up before they head home to their families.
The Executive extends a deep and heartfelt thank you to all members who are working behind the scenes of the front line.  As well as a thank you to all members who are being flexible until we can get through this pandemic.
Stay safe, stay healthy.

Day of Mourning

On April 28th, workplaces around the country commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness while on the job. CUPE 926 works closely with management and our employer to ensure the safe working conditions of workers.  We encourage all members to speak up for their rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Report incidents and concerns to your leadhand or manager. Together we can prevent workplace injuries.


Membership Meetings

In accordance with CUPE National’s response to Covid-19, all membership meetings will be cancelled until the end of June. As this is an ever changing situation, we will keep the membership posted if this information changes.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to your steward or a member of the executive.

A Message from Mark Hancock

Sisters, Brothers and Friends:

This is an update to the memorandum dated March 19, 2020 offering guidelines for conducting Local Union business during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation continues to evolve, with public health agencies providing updates, new guidelines, and restrictions. CUPE locals, councils and divisions must continue to follow directives from the public health authorities in their region. These measures require locals to postpone or alter meetings.

In these extraordinary times it is important to maintain good governance, accountability and transparency. With this in mind, I am providing the following updated guidelines to help address questions of compliance with local bylaws and CUPE’s National Constitution.

Teleconferencing and Video Conferencing

If necessary, where feasible, and until further notice, meetings may be conducted electronically via conference calls, telephone town halls or videoconferencing. We advise locals to explore available electronic meeting platforms. As the restrictions on gatherings now extend over a significant period of time, exploring alternatives for conducting meetings has become imperative.

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. There are several available, and we suggest you consult your National Representative for exploring options. Remember that some votes are also governed by labour legislation.

Nominations and Elections

Wherever possible, local elections should occur within the same timeframe 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 timeframe is not feasible, the elections process can be delayed until June 2020.

Postponing Meetings

Where it is not possible to hold an electronic meeting and remote solutions are not feasible, local meetings may be postponed until June 2020. Applicable timelines in the bylaws will be extended accordingly. We will continue to monitor the situation across the country and will provide updates on this timeline if necessary.


While there are many other issues facing our Union right now, we encourage you to consider the challenges you might be having communicating with members outside of the workplace. Consider using this opportunity to collect and compile personal contact information for your members. It may also be a good time to review your local’s decision-making and election processes and note possible future bylaw changes.

Other Issues and Exemptions

Bylaws vary widely from one local to the next, and these guidelines will not address every variable. For issues not contemplated here, for questions related to council and division meetings and conventions, or to discuss possible additional exemptions, please contact your National Representative.

In solidarity,

National President

April Membership Meetings

Due to Covid-19, our April membership meetings have been cancelled.  We will update the membership when we receive further direction from the Ontario Government and the University.

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

Local Update

Union Meeting

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 11:20am to 12:20pm or 10:00pm to 11:00pm at the Arts building, room 1E1.


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