March 11, 2020 – Summary of our Membership Meeting

Our General Meeting was held on March 11, 2020 and we conducted the following business.


We elected two delegates and an alternate to represent Local 4879 to attend the CUPE BC Super Conference being held in Nanaimo in June (June 23-25, 2020). Stacy Pena and Cindy Ozouf were the two delegates elected, along with Melissa Schuurman as the alternate.

Vacant Trustee position and a huge “Thank you” to Linda McAbee

Congratulations go out to Navin Jain who was elected to fill the 3-year term Trustee vacancy. Linda McAbee has resigned from the position of Trustee. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for Linda’s many years of service as our Trustee extraordinaire. We are so grateful for her expertise, her activism in our union and her on-going support over the years. Linda will be retiring at the end of April and we would like to wish her all the best for a well-deserved retirement. She will definitely be missed.

Online streaming and voting

In other news, the executive committee shared an exciting initiative to provide an opportunity for members to attend the General meeting in May via online streaming using Blue Jeans Software. More details regarding instructions for logging in will be provided closer to the meeting date. There will be a unique code provided to members with a requirement to send an email to in order to ensure participation. In addition, they are also looking at online voting providers to accommodate our substantial elections and voting. Once we have completed our fact finding process, our hope is to incorporate these new procedures in our by-laws.

By-law committee update

The By-Law Committee has had one meeting so far and scheduled to meet again in April. They are working hard in reviewing the current by-laws that have not been updated since 2011.

Grievance update

Our president, Lois Rugg gave a report on outstanding grievances. Currently, there are five active grievances with the majority filed in 2019 for excessive discipline or selection process. We settled and resolved a grievance for a member that was scheduled for arbitration in January. Lois also reported that our union and the employer are working hard to resolve four grievances that have been slated for arbitration. So far, we have had one new Grievance filed in 2020 for excessive discipline.

Open discussion

We had some extra time for member questions and conversation and it was nice to get to know some of you.

Door prize winners

Thanks to all those that came out.  Door prizes winners were Tony Kuczma (the coveted CUPE 4879 mug), Cindy Ozouf and Karl Fultz receiving $20.00 each.

COVID-19 Update

As you are aware, our union is continuing to monitor information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have been in contact with the University regarding their response to the situation and the impact on our members and others at our Williams Lake and Kamloops location.

To keep current, we encourage you to visit  for further information, updates and communications from the University.

We will keep you updated with further information as soon as they become available. Please also check the CUPE staff email list regarding any union updates.

Hope to see you at the next meeting on April 8, 2020 at 4:35 in room OL 127.

Stay healthy!

February 12, 2020 – Summary of our Membership Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our Feb 12 meeting. It was nice to see all of you there.

Presentation by HR on Article (11e) changes to filling of temporary vacancies

Amanda Ellison, Associate Director of HR, was our guest of the night. She gave a presentation on the recent changes to Article 11(e) temporary vacancies and its implementation as negotiated by the employer and the Union in our last bargaining round. The presentation gave some clarity on the Annual Performance Plan process and participation. It also covered topics on career progression and skill development along with some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the process. If you missed this presentation and would like to learn more, there will be opportunities during lunch n learn sessions coming up about this topic in the very near future. Watch the CUPE list for upcoming announcements.

Election of Grievance Committee for the remainder of the term (2021)

Congratulations to Joanne Atherton who was acclaimed for the vacant position in the Grievance Committee for the remainder of the term to 2021. We look forward to working with you!

Election of Employee Wellness, Innovation and Training Committee

The two-year term for the Wellness, Innovation and Training Committee will now have our local President, Lois Rugg and newly elected delegates Melissa Schuurman and Shilpee Sharma. The committee will assist in developing the terms of reference and implementation of the negotiated Service Agreement per the last round of bargaining

Election of Annual Professional Development Planning Committee

Congratulations! to Melissa Schuurman who was elected to the one year term position for the Annual Professional Development Planning Committee to represent our local on the planning committee and the Engagement Steering Committee Group.

Motion to send and elect 6 delegates and 1 alternate, with preference given to members of the Executive Committee, to the CUPE BC Convention in Vancouver, BC (April 22-25, 2020) with funds to come from the Convention budget line, not to exceed $17,000

A motion was passed to send and elect 6 delegates and 1 alternate to the Annual CUPE BC Convention April 22-25, 2020.  This year’s delegates will consist of: President, Lois Rugg, and the following Executive members: Lyn Ferec, Cindy Ozouf and Karl Fultz. The elected delegates joining us this year is Melissa Schuurman and Joanne Atherton. Our alternate delegate is Navin Jain. The CUPE BC convention is held annually and is the parliament of the provincial division of CUPE BC. It is where resolutions are discussed and passed and direction is given to the provincial executive board by all the participating locals and memberships.

Motion to send and elect up to 2 delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention in Vancouver, BC (May 4-8, 2020)

A motion was passed to send and elect up to 2 delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention (CLC).  Our local is entitled to send one delegate and an alternate. However, CUPE National has indicated that they will likely have additional credentials available so we may be able to send two delegates. Lois Rugg will go as the President and Lyn Ferec was elected as the alternate. If we are able to send two delegates, Lyn will attend as the second delegate and Cindy Ozouf will be the 2nd alternate. The CLC convention is the parliament of the congress and its affiliated unions from across Canada and will be held in Vancouver, May 4-8, 2020.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on March 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm Room OL 127.

January 8, 2020 – Summary of our Membership Meeting

Thank you to everyone that was able to come out to the meeting last night and to those individuals who let their name stand for this year’s election. Your willingness to do this important work for the membership is very much appreciated.

Results from the January 8, 2020 election is as follows:

Cindy Ozouf – 1st Vice President position for 2 year term (acclaimed).

Myrissa Krenzler –  Job Evaluation Committee for 3 year term

Navin Jain –  Alternate to the JE Committee for 1 year term

An adhoc By-law Committee was also elected to review the CUPE 4879 bylaws and are as follows:

Executive Liaison:  Lyn Ferec (selected by the Executive)

Bylaw Committee Members:  Melissa Schuurman, Chris Ward, Myrissa Krenzler and Eliza Pycock.

Advisor to the By-law committee will be our CUPE National representative: Harry Nott.

(Please note a survey will come out shortly to consider meeting dates and times for 4879 General Meetings.  Please take the time to fill out the short survey in order to assist the By-law committee in their considerations.)

Congratulations to all and thanks to those who have served on several committees over the years.Your time and energy has been so appreciated.

 A big thank you to Debbie Wasylyshyn! 

We would like to especially thank Debbie Wasylyshyn on behalf of the membership and the rest of the Executive committee for her many years of service to our local and in particular, for her years that she has served on the Executive as 1st VP.  Debbie’s contributions over the years has been immeasurable. At this time, Debbie has decided to not let her name stand for the position of 1st VP for personal reasons but she will continue to remain active in our local. Thank you so much for your dedication Debbie! All the best in your future endeavors!

Next General Meeting Feb 12, 2020

In our next meeting in February, we will be electing members to sit on the Employee Wellness, Innovation and Training Committee which will consist of the President and 2 elected members. There will be more information to follow.

See you in February!

December 11, 2019 – Summary of our Membership Meeting

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the meeting and our Christmas Social.  It was such a great turn out!  We hope to see you all at the next meeting sometime in January 2020.

Summary of the Meeting

A motion was passed to elect one alternate for the Job Evaluation committee on an annual basis.  The election for this position will take place at the January 8th General Meeting when the other Executive and Committee positions are scheduled to be elected.

We also discuss that we will be electing four representatives to sit on the by-laws review AdHoc committee along with an Executive Liaison (which will be selected by the Executive Committee) and National Staff Representative, Harry Nott.

There was also a discussion on the memo from Human Resources about the Interview process for Job Evaluations.  If you require more information, this memo can be viewed in its entirety on the CUPE email list.  The Job Evaluation committee members from both sides of the party met to discuss this new process and agreed that eliminating the mandatory interviews will help alleviate the stress of the incumbent in this position.  In addition, this will also allow the committee members to focus more on other committee work such as the Job Evaluation Questionnaires (JEQ) that members spend so much time and effort to complete.  This change does not affect the manual, as the language already suggests that an interview is not mandatory.  The committee however, may still request an interview if they require further clarification.

If members have any questions about the Job Evaluation process, they are encouraged to contact the CUPE 4879 office and we will connect you with a member of the Executive Committee.  Please also note that the Job Evaluation resources are also available via the CUPE 4879 website and can be found via this link: .

We also encourage members to contact CUPE 4879 office prior to submitting a Job Evaluation Questionnaire so that we may offer our advice and support.

Executive Report – New Motion

A motion was passed to send two delegates to the CUPE BC “Super Conference” scheduled for June 2020 in Nanaimo, B.C.  More details will follow.

Upcoming Elections

Elections for various committee positions will take place in the new year.

Elections to send delegates to the CUPE BC Convention will also take place in February.

Other Business

Lois thanked the TRU Community and our members who donated shoes for the Annual Kamloops Shoe Memorial.  It was a very touching ceremony that included the inaugural Red Dress Memorial.  Lois also asked members to consider collecting or buying shoes for donations for the 2020 memorial if they are able.

The TRU Student Union’s inaugural holiday fest was a success and very well attended.  The decorated Santa by our members was well received and over 200 cups of cider was consumed.  Everyone had a good time!




November 13, 2019 – Summary of our Membership Meeting

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the meeting.   It was nice to see you.

Agenda items for the meeting:

  1. Executive and Committee Nominations/Elections including:  1st Vice President, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms (To be eligible for the positions listed above, members must have attended 50% of the previous general meetings in the last 12 months.
  2. Report on CUPE National Convention
  3. Grievance Committee updates
  4. Notice of Motion: (Elect an alternate position for the Job Evaluation Committee for a one year term annually.
  5. Regular order of business

Summary of the Meeting

Nominations were held and the following members have been nominated:

1st VP – Debbie Wasylyshyn, Cindy Ozouf – election will be held January 2020.

Treasurer – Lyn Ferec

Sergeant at Arms – Laszlo Nemes

Trustee – 1 (3 year term) position – Linda McAbee

Education Committee – 1 (3 year term) position – Tony Kuczma

Job Evaluation Committee – 1 (3 year term) position – Myrissa Krenzler, Brock Olsen, Steve Zamudio – election will be held January 2020

Parking Appeal and Advisory Committee (2 year term) – Myrissa Krenzler, Janis Setka

Communications Committee – in addition to current committee members – Danna Bach, Bart Cummings, Stacy Pena

Social Committee – in addition to current committee – Shilpee Sharma, Tony Kuczma

Shop stewards – in addition to current stewards – Brock Olsen, Stacy Pena

Elections will be held January 2020!  Come out and support your fellow members.

Report on CUPE National Convention

President, Lois Rugg reported and shared photos from the Convention.  The Executive members had a busy week.  They were on the convention floor from 9-5 daily, taking in guest speakers and networking with  CUPE members from all over Canada, 300+ of which were from BC.  For more details, please check out our September & October 2019 edition of our newsletter.

Notice of motion for CUPE 4879 to donate $100 each to the following charities:

  • Out of the Cold
  • Christmas Amalgamated
  • Food Bank
  • TRUSU Foodbank
  • Mustard Seed Community New Life Mission

New Business

In the new year there will be an election for a By-Law Ad-Hoc committee which will consist of four elected members from the membership, an Executive liaison elected by the Executive Committee and our National Rep as the resource staff.

There will also be a discussion and debate on a motion to add an alternate position to the Job Evaluation Committee which would be elected on an annual basis.

Next meeting will be a shorter General Meeting with our Christmas social to follow  December 11, 2019.  Please come and join us for a good time.  More details to come!