Who we are

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is New Brunswick ’s largest union.

With around 30,000 members across the province, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, universities, social services, transportation and nursing homes.

A strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in New Brunswick.

Together they have won the right to negotiate their wages and working conditions; to stop arbitrary action by employers; and to speak out without fear of reprisal.

CUPE is a modern, dynamic and sophisticated union with offices in 6 municipalities across New Brunswick.

 

CUPE NB Executive

CUPE NB is run by its members, for its members. It’s a democratic organization. The Executive of the Division, which makes the day-to-day decisions, is elected through a vote taken at CUPE NB Conventions every  two years. These are the CUPE NB elected officers for the current term of office.

President: Daniel Légère

dlegere@cupe.ca

Secretary-Treasurer: Minerva Porelle
nbcnhu@xplornet.ca

1st Vice President  & Local 1253 – N.B. Council of School District Unions: Brien Watson
brien@1253.ca

Local 963 – N.B. Liquor Corporation: Jamie Agnew
963prez@gmail.com

Local 1190 – General Labour and Trades, Part I: Andrew Hardy
ahardy@nb.aibn.com

Local 1251 – Institutional Care and Services: Maurice LeBlanc
select_s@hotmail.com

Local 1252 – N.B. Council of Hospital Unions: Norma Robinson
normamrobinson07@gmail.com

Local 1418 – Rehabilitation and Therapy and RCPO: Steve Drost
1418steve@gmail.com

Local 1840 – Provincial Court Stenographers: Odette Robichaud
robichaudodette@gmail.com

Local 1866 – Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission: Tamara Elisseou
tamara.elisseou@ws-ts.nb.ca

Local 2745 – Educational, Support Staff: Theresa McAllister
theresa.mcallister@nbed.nb.ca

Local 4598 – Red Cross Home Care Worker: Thérèse Duguay
therese_dug@hotmail.com

Local 5017 – NB Community College: William Murray
wmurrad603@rogers.com

Local 5026 – Collège communautaire du N-B : Marc Haché
marc.hache@ccnb.ca

N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions: Wayne D. Brown
w.brown2@rogers.com

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are governed by the CUPE NB Division Constitution. Each Standing Committee works on a specific policy/program area and advises the Executive Board on actions to consider on behalf of CUPE members.While various committees have been designated as standing committees, this in no way precludes the possibility of other committees being established from time to time as may be required.
CUPE NB members shall only sit on one standing committee at a time. Members of the Executive Committee shall not be eligible to run for any of the standing committees. Currently, each committee must have a amongst its membership a Vice-President and a staff advisor as appointed in section 8.4 of the CUPE NB Constitution.
Currently, CUPE NB has eight standing committees:
  1. Education Committee
  2. Health and Safety and Environment Committee
  3. Contracting-out Committee
  4. Equality Committee
  5. Pensions and Insured Benefits Committee
  6. Women’s Committee
  7. Global Justice Committee
  8. Political Action Committee
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Marcel Ross (1190) Kim Sharkey (1763) Parise St-Onge (2745) Leah Logan
marcel.ross@gnb.ca ktsharkey.ks@gmail.com parise.st-onge@nbed.nb.ca CUPE NB Liaison
leahlogan69@hotmail.com
Louise Firlotte, Staff Advisor lfirlotte@cupe.ca
CONTRACTING-OUT COMMITTEE
Michel Losier (1190) Darcy Barker (380) Chris Watson Jamie Agnew
magoo_ml@hotmail.com darcy.barker@nbed.nb.ca National Committee CUPE NB Liaison
christopher_watson@live.ca 963prez@gmail.com
Ralph McBride, Staff Advisor rmcbride@cupe.ca
HEALTH AND SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
Ida Haggarty (2745) Connie Haines (1121) Serge Plourde Minerva Porelle (3392)
haggartyiw@rogers.com connie@1253.ca National Environnent Committee National H&S Committee
ksplourd@rogers.com nbcnhu@xplornet.ca
Kim McCaffrey, Staff Advisor kmccaffrey@cupe.ca
EQUALITY COMMITTEE
EQUALITY COMM/Rec Sec / Chair Doris Nason (1506) Erika Arseneau EQUALITY COMM/Rec Sec / Chair
Claudette Trewin (963) National Aboriginal Committee National Young Workers Comm Jacque Duguay (1726)
claudette.trewin@anbl.com dnason393@hotmail.com erika_arseneau_13@hotmail.com jack24du@yahoo.com
Todd Hill (2745) Joe Theriault (380) Abby Coyle-Bourque (1418) Wayne Brown CUPE NB Liaison
National Pink Triangle Committee National Rainbow Committee National Disabilities Committee w.brown2@rogers.com
todd.hill@nbed.nb.ca therjj@nb.sympatico.ca abbybc@icloud.com
Wendy Johnston, Staff Advisor wjohnston@cupe.ca
PENSION AND INSURED BENEFITS COMMITTEE
Terri Black (2745) Shawn Wetmore (380) Roland Cormier (1303) Brien Watson
terrilee.black@nbed.nb.ca shawnwet@hotmail.com National Pensions Committee CUPE NB Liason
rtcormier@gmail.com harldave@hotmail.com
Guy Ward, Staff Advisor gward@cupe.ca
WOMEN’S COMMITTEE
Mylene Levesque (889.02) Susan Colwell (2745) Iris Lloyd (Local 380) Odette Robichaud (1840)
mylou0123@gmail.com susan.colwell@nbed.nb.ca National Women’s Committee CUPE NB Liaison
iris.263@hotmail.com Odette.Robichaud@gnb.ca
Erin McAllister (2745) Wendy Johnson, Staff Advisor wjohnston@cupe.ca
National Childcare Committee
erin.mcallister@nbed.nb.ca
GLOBAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Jason St Onge (5108) Janice Melanson (2079) Debbie Downey (1763) RETIRED Romana Sehic
jasonscfp5108@gmail.com jmelanson2@rogers.com National Committee Member CUPE NB Liaison
lddowney@nb.sympatico.ca rsehic@hotmail.com
Gérald LeBlanc, Staff Advisor gleblanc@cupe.ca
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Tammy Nadeau (1603) Lynn Richard (1078) Keith LeBlanc (Local 1078) Serge Plourde
tammydenis.nadeau@gmail.com lynn.1971gallant@gmail.com National Committee Member CUPE NB Liaison
keith.leblanc74@gmail.com ksplourd@rogers.com
Marcos Salib, Staff Advisor msalib@cupe.ca

 

Our locals

What is a CUPE Local?

A local union, often called local, is the branch of our union located close to where you live and/or work. Locals are typically designated by numbers, for example, CUPE Local 1234. They are made up of members like you and leadership you elect from your within your ranks. You belong to your local, which is within your province.

In New Brunswick alone, there are over 176 CUPE locals of various sizes. The smallest local has half a dozen members while the largest has almost 8,500 members.  Across Canada, there are more than 2,382 CUPE locals.  Nearly every community in the country has one or more CUPE locals. Many locals or sub-locals are affiliated to a provincial council to help coordinate together their bargaining, campaigns, lobby efforts and much more.

Leadership through membership

  • Fellow CUPE members are elected to leadership positions within their local.  Locals set their own bargaining demands, work with the national representative to negotiate their collective agreement, handle grievances with employers, and decide what issues the members want to support.
Major CUPE locals and councils across New Brunswick
Name
Description
Local 963
N.B. Liquor Corporation
Local 1190 General Labour and Trades, Part I
Local 1418 Rehabilitation, Therapy and RCPO
Local 1840 Provincial Court Stenographers
Local 1866 Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission
Local 1251 Institutional Care and Services (Correctional and other)
Local 1252 New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions
Local 1253 NB Council of School District Unions
Local 2745 Educational support staff
Local 4598 Red Cross Home Care Workers
Local 4848 Paramedics
Local 5017 NB Community College
Local 5026 Collège communautaire du N.-B.
NBCGHU NB Council of Group Home Unions
NBCME NB Council of Municipal Employees
NBCNHU NB Council of Nursing Home Unions

Affiliate

If your local would like to affiliate with CUPE New Brunswick, just fill out the following form and send it by mail or email to Minerva Porelle at nbcnhu@xplornet.ca

Minerva Porelle
CUPE NB Secretary-Treasurer,
11 McKnight Road Valley Road, NB
E3L 4V4

Unionize your workplace

Throughout Canada, workers have the right to join a union and choose a union to represent them when dealing with their employer.

In CUPE the members are in charge. Each CUPE local decides its priorities for bargaining, when to settle a new contract, and how to manage funds. Together we maintain and improve wages and benefits, improve health and safety conditions, and make your workplace better.

There are over 639,000 CUPE members in Canada, and that number is growing. Most of our members work in the public service. We have members working in municipalities, education, health care, social services, airlines, communications, and more.

How to Join a Union In New Brunswick

Step 1: Contact CUPE

Call (506-458-8059) or email Maritimeorganizer@cupe.ca. Ask to speak with an organizer. He or she is a specialist in labour law and will answer all your questions. All contacts with CUPE are confidential.

Step 2: Sign CUPE Membership Cards

Workers sign cards applying for membership in the union, and authorizing the union to represent them in negotiations with their employer. New Brunswick labour law requires CUPE to collect $1.00 from each worker when they sign a membership card.

Step 3: Card-Check Certification

If between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of workers sign cards, the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board (NBLEB)may certify the union automatically. If more than 60 per cent of the workers sign cards, the NBLEB will certify the union automatically. Go to step 5.

If between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of the workers sign membership cards, the NBLEB will hold a vote to see if workers want a union.

Step 4: Vote for CUPE

The NBLEB holds a secret ballot vote. Anyone who is in the bargaining unit the union applied to represent can vote. If the majority (50%+1) of workers who cast ballots vote to unionize, the union is certified.

Step 5: You now have a Union : time to negotiate!

The union will serve notice to your employer to begin bargaining your first contract. Your employer and CUPE representatives (including workers from your bargaining unit) sit down to negotiate the collective agreement. This agreement – the union contract – sets out the wages, benefits, working conditions, job security and other rights of the workers.

 


Remember that local certification process is confidential. Employers are not entitled to know who signed cards. Votes are held by secret ballot. Workers are protected by law from punishment by employers for engaging in union activity. This means that every worker in the province has the right to join a union if they choose. Joining a union means having the power to negotiate your terms of work with your employer, and usually means better pay, more benefits, a safer work environment, and fairness and dignity in the workplace. Union jobs are good jobs, and good jobs grow healthy and vibrant communities.

Join CUPE today, and email an organizer : Maritimeorganizer@cupe.ca

New Brunswick: 5 steps to local certification