Executive & Staff

Every year 1281 members elect their Executive Committee. Here’s a list of your 2019-20 executive:
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Committees are made up of individuals selected by election at the local’s annual Convention. Committees meet in person at least twice a year and are permitted to use conference calls and email to undertake work.

The Governance Committee is chaired by the Vice-President and will be responsible to review, discuss the by-laws, standing policies, policies of CUPE, and new legislation that impacts the Local or unions in general. The Committee shall make recommendations for amendments or additions to the by-laws and policies of the Local. This Committee shall also undertake education work to inform members about any   changes in legislation that impact the work of their sector, public services, labour relations, equity or unions.

The Membership Development Committee is chaired by the Equity Officer and we will be responsible to discuss, recommend, develop and establish ways to engage members, communicate with and inform members about their union rights, and establish campaigns in the workplace that address equity issues and seek to minimize harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Additionally, Convention and/or Stewards’ Council may strike sub-committees as are considered appropriate for the needs and purposes of the Local.

Committee membership
Committee Member
Membership, Governance, & Organizing Lori Guest
Membership, Governance, & Organizing Cheryl Athersych
Membership, Governance, & Organizing Sarah Trower
Membership, Governance, & Organizing Stephen Seaborn
Membership, Governance, & Organizing Brynne Sinclair-Waters
Governance Committee Denise Martins
Governance Committee Gavin Nowlan
Governance Committee Jeff Braun-Jackson
Governance Committee Brad Evoy
Governance Committee Tiffany
Organizing Committee Mohammad Akbar
Organizing Committee Rachele Clemente
Organizing Committee Abe Nasirzadeh
Organizing Committee Terri Monture
Organizing Committee Lori Guest

What we do

CUPE Local 1281 is a proud local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). CUPE democratically represents over 500,000 workers from across the country. The union collectively speaks for workers on issues like health care and workers’ rights to organize. At the same time, CUPE locals are largely autonomous, with the ability to hold their own positions and pursue local objectives.

As a composite local that represents workers in geographically disparate workplaces, the structure of CUPE 1281 is somewhat unique. Our structure consists of sub-locals with sub-local stewards, Steward’s Council, Convention, and an Executive Committee. In addition to the outline provided below, it is important to review the policy documents in the Resources and Documents section to understand the whole picture.

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