Remembering Brother Dave Long

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former CUPE 1004 President Brother Dave Long who passed away on March 26th, 2021 at the age of 92.

The CUPE 1004 Executive and all members express our deepest sympathies to Dave’s family and friends. He had a profound positive impact on CUPE 1004, all levels of the labour movement, and many campaigns for peace and social justice. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Please read below the memories of CUPE 1004 Business Agent Karen Kindrid who started her union activism when Dave served as local president.

In Memory of Dave Long

Dave worked in the Waterworks Branch of the Engineering Department at the City of Vancouver. 

He was President of CUPE Local 1004 for many years from 1980 to 1994 and gave freely of his time and support to all.  He was very active in the Trade Union movement at the local union level and far beyond.  He supported many union initiatives including having the National Day of Mourning for Worker’s injured and killed on the job implemented, which is now officially recognized on April 28th each year. He also spearheaded the plaque that was erected on the north side of Vancouver City Hall in recognition of the Day of Mourning, and which is still displayed there today.

He was always front and center during the Peace Marches in the ’80s and on picket lines wherever support was needed.  He was an activist and delegate to CUPE Metro, Vancouver and District Labour Council and to CUPE BC, CUPE National, BC Federation of Labour, and Canadian Labour Congress Conventions.

Dave had a huge heart and commitment to social justice like no one else I have ever met.  He was always willing to help new activists and share his knowledge with all who were willing to listen, and would tell you the things you didn’t want to hear, too.

The world and our union is a better place because of his dedication.  I will always be grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting him. He was my mentor, my friend, my union brother, and a great human being.

     -Karen Kindrid, CUPE 1004 Business Agent

As CUPE 1004 members take time to remember his contribution, we recommit to keep building on Dave’s legacy and continue fighting for the rights of all working people here in Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world.

In solidarity,
Andrew Ledger
President, CUPE 1004

 

1004 Executive Elections – Results

2021 Elections

The following positions were nominated and elected by acclamation at the January 12, 2021 Annual General Membership Meeting:

  • Unit Chair – COV FMS and Cemetery (2 year term 2021-2023) – Frank Warwick
  • Unit Chair – COV Sewers (2 year term 2021-2023) – Gary Parker
  • Unit Chair – COV – Waterworks (2 year term 2021-2023) – Vacant
  • Unit Chair – Parks (Maintenance, Golf Courses, Railway, Lifeguards) (14 mo term to March 2022) Jason Keurvorst
  • Unit Chair – Parks (Horticulture and Urban Forestry) – (2 year term 2021-2023) – Vacant
  • Unit Chair – PHS (2 year term 2021-2023) – Tuesday Andrich
  • Unit Chair – Small Units (2 year term 2021-2023) – Tim Armstrong

The following positions were elected from the March 2021 elections:

  • President – (2 year term 2021-2023) – Andrew Ledger
  • Secretary Treasurer – (2 year term 2021 – 2023) – Frank Lee
  • Trustee – (3 year term 2021 – 2024) – Michael Thompson

 

March 22, 2021

Local 1004 Executive Elections – March 1-8, 2021

2021 Elections

Elections will be held from March 1 – 8, 2021 for the the following Local 1004 positions:

  • President (2 year term 2021-2023)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2 year term 2021-2023)
  • Trustee (3 year term 2021-2024)  

Election credentials will be sent via email to members on March 1st just prior to commencement of the vote at 8 pm.  These credentials will include member’s Voting ID and Password, instructions and a link to cast the ballot.

Important note:  Any member who does not have an email address, or does not receive their voter information by March 2nd, and would like to vote should contact the 1004 office BEFORE NOON Monday, March 8th via phone (604-324-2440) or email: admin@cupe1004.ca).

The following were nominated and accepted the nomination (click on name to view bio):   

President:

Secretary-Treasurer:

Trustee:

The following positions were nominated and elected by acclamation at the January 12, 2021 Annual General Membership Meeting:

  • Unit Chair – COV FMS and Cemetery (2 year term 2021-2023) – Frank Warwick
  • Unit Chair – COV Sewers (2 year term 2021-2023) – Gary Parker
  • Unit Chair – COV – Waterworks (2 year term 2021-2023) – Vacant
  • Unit Chair – Parks (Maintenance, Golf Courses, Railway, Lifeguards) (14 mo term to March 2022) Jason Keurvorst
  • Unit Chair – Parks (Horticulture and Urban Forestry) – (2 year term 2021-2023) – Vacant
  • Unit Chair – PHS (2 year term 2021-2023) – Tuesday Andrich
  • Unit Chair – Small Units (2 year term 2021-2023) – Tim Armstrong

CUPE 1004 Scholarship Recipients

The 2020 CUPE 1004 Scholarship Winners have been chosen!

This year saw a record high number of entries for the CUPE 1004 scholarships. There were many wonderful essays submitted and we enjoyed reading every one. So, without further delay, our 2020 CUPE 1004 scholarship winners:

  • Wilf Greensill / Mo Cerra General Studies Scholarships awarded to Dee Sharp and Devon Mar.
  • Jody Taylor / Brian Goble Music & Fine Arts Scholarships awarded to Clarice Scop and Aaron Nussbaum.

Thank you to all of our applicants and our sincere Congratulations to our winners!

Save the PNE!

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and its over 4,200 workers and CUPE members have been left out of Canada’s economic recovery plan.

Due to the PNE’s affiliation to the City of Vancouver it has been deemed ineligible for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

This means:

  • 1,600 part-time workers not working;
  • 100 full-time staff laid off;
  • the annual hire of 2,500 seasonal workers on hold;
  • the jobs of 4,200 CUPE 1004 members are in danger.

Last month, CUPE and the other unions representing PNE workers sent a letter to Canada’s Cabinet Ministers, as well as Vancouver and British Columbia’s politicians, urging them to step in to save the PNE. We called on them to expand the eligibility of the CEWS to civic-affiliated organizations like the PNE and provide immediate relief to the 1,600+ workers it currently employs.

Despite the thousands of jobs at stake, they have not acted on these suggestions.

CUPE 1004 is launching a campaign to Save the PNE.

Please visit SavethePNE.ca today and send an email to urge our politicians to save the PNE and its 4,200 jobs.  Please share with your friends, family and neighbours and ask them to send a message.

Please join us in standing in solidarity with our fellow members at the PNE.  Together we can help save the PNE for future generations and help save the jobs of 4,200 workers.
 
In solidarity,
Andrew Ledger
President