Friday December 24, 2010

City Hall

Sixty-Years On

CUPE Union Local 458 is a  sexagenarian in January



he Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 458 is 60-years old and is BC's largest trade union. On January 22. The union, which has about 60,000 nationwide, is planning on a celebration of that milestone.

                                                                                            Louise Piper, Pres, Local 458

Louise Piper, CUPE Pres., Vice Chair Jeff Sampson and Unit Chair Cameron Temple were at City Hall at the regular council meeting on Monday to give an overview of 60-years of public service to council.

According to Piper, the CUPE actually began as National Union of Public Employees (NUPE). Local 458 became certified in 1951.

"We started out as NUPE, which is the National Union of Public Employees, and we were local 712 at the time," explained Piper. We became (local) 458 in 1980 when the municipality and the City amalgamated.

Temple told council that they will be launching a new website ( in the near future.

"Part of our celebrations will be on Friday January 21, 2011 we're going to host a hot lunch for all city staff and we would like to welcome yourself, your worship, Mayor Gaetz and all the councillors to join us for the lunch that will be served by our CUPE members," said Temple.

When Sampson took the floor he told council about a new CUPE logo.

Cam Temple (L), Jeff Sampson and Louise Piper.

"We've invited our members to design a logo for our new website and for a lapel pin. We made it kind of a contest and (will) display them all at a luncheon and have the members vote on it." he said adding that "The winning person will have a dinner (for two) anywhere in Chilliwack at their favourite restaurant so come out and take a vote."

The trio then showed council enlarged photos from the 1950s which they hope to put on display at City Hall in honour of their retired members.

Piper said the luncheon is going to be in all areas of local 458.

Mayor Gaetz closed by thanking the members who work for the City.

"I have appreciated so much the work and the relationships that we have and I really just want to say a huge thank you on behalf of the management here and council."

About CUPE 458

CUPE Local 458 is the union representing municipal workers providing quality public services to the seven communities in the Fraser Valley including the City of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake Park Board, District of Kent (Agassiz), District of Hope, Fraser Valley Regional District, Hope Recreation and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs

For more information visit their website at:  or

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