Thank you, CUPE 391! You came out in droves in the biggest turnout for an AGM in years. 216 head count. Take that CUPE 15! i was gobsmacked. Sorry about the food and beverage shortage.
Our annual general meeting had much to celebrate. The numbers showed that Vancouver Public Library Workers are passionate about a number of changes currently underway at the library.. The entire executive has been confirmed to office tonight.
CUPE 391 had the pleasure of having our Staff Representative, Heather Inglis,, preside over our elections. Heather has already been helpful with grievances. She was gracious and efficient in her role tonight. The members gave her a warm welcome as Heather worked at Vancouver Public Library for twenty-three years. You could say the former Library Assistant VII knows the culture..
Here are the results of last night’s election:
Recording Secretary: Mike DePaoli
President: Alex Youngberg
Second Vice-President: Gerard Batty was elected to a two year term.
The Secretary-Treasurer and two Vice-President positions are two year terms. Two VP positions are staggered. Gary is now First Vice-President. Steven begins his first year as Secretary-Treasurer in a two year term.
Our three trustees soldier on, keeping Steven accountable (not that he needs it):
Todd Wong begins a three year term as trustee.
Maureen Bubis and Aili Meutzner continue their terms
Our trustee positions are also 3 years each and staggered; so that currently one trustee has one year left to serve of a 3 year term, one trustee is filling two years of a position that was vacated after one year and the third trustee is beginning to fill a 3 year term.
Thank you to the talented, smart and creative people that are on our committees. Your support keeps public service thriving as a public good.
Please become more familiar with your CUPE 391 website. It has been winning the best website for unions over 500 members for many years. We won again this year at the CUPE BC convention. Thank you, Chris. Thank you, Eric, for our excellent and comprehensive CUPE 391 e-email service. (see http://www.cupe391.ca, top left hand corner of web page for log in). All members now have an address. Union contacts should email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to initially log in, then share the information with their respective worksites.
Some of our committees reported tonight.: Bargaining, Classifcations, Nominating, Job-share and Wellness. All chairs spoke to the committees current affair and accomplishments and were received with genuine interest by the membership..
The Union has elected an excellent group of members to protect the collective agreement and work for the public’s interest. You can be proud that you showed up and voted in good numbers for representation. The other candidates were also well received. We are fortunate to have such a choice of experienced members putting their names forward.