How CUPE 15 Works

Some of the key services Local 15 provides to its members are to negotiate with employers for fair and respectful wages, benefits and working conditions.

How CUPE 15 Works

Some of the key services Local 15 provides to its members are:
- Negotiates with employers for fair and respectful wages, benefits and working conditions (click for more about Collective Bargaining)
- Ensures that all members work in a safe and healthy workplace
- Supports members against unfair treatment and harassment
- Ensures that all provisions of the Collective Agreement are upheld by employers (click for more about Collective Agreements)
- Represents members' interests to employers, governments, and in the community
- Has specialized staff to fully represent members including Job Evaluation and Legal Representatives

Additional Services

Local 15 offers many additional services to it's members. Some of these include:
- Education bursaries to members and their dependants
- Benefits continuance
- Financial assistance during labour disputes
- Comprehensive training programs for shop stewards and activists
- Social events
- Monthly newsletter
- Monthly membership meetings


CUPE Local 15-VMECW members work for 18 different employers which are separate individual bargaining units. All Local 15 bargaining units are divided into six sectors.

- City of Vancouver
- Vancouver Fire Fighters' Union - Local 15 (Support Staff)

- Chartwells (Langara College Cafeteria)
- Emily Carr University
- Students' Union of VCC
- Langara College
- Langara Students' Union

- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Vancouver Maritime Museum
- Museum of Vancouver

- Vancouver Coastal Health

- Britannia Community Services Centre Society
- Ray-Cam Cooperative Association
- West End Community Centre Association (Little Sprout Pre-school)
- Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

- Vancouver School Board

Executive Board and Staff

The Executive Board and Trustees are elected by the membership by electronic ballot every May. Each bargaining unit has elected representatives called Sector Representatives who are responsible for liaising with the specific bargaining unit. The President and Secretary Treasurer are full time officers of the union. Local 15 also employs its own specialized staff and are an important part of our local. In addition, National Representatives are assigned to Local 15 through CUPE National.

Affiliations and Memberships

CUPE Local 15 is affiliated and/or has membership with:

- CUPE British Columbia Provincial Division
- BC Federation of Labour
- CUPE Metro District Council
- Vancouver and District Labour Council
- Canadian Association of Labour Media

All affiliated groups which operate which have participation by delegate representation are elected by the membership of Local 15.