CUPE Local 1978 has approximately 950 members and represents four bargaining units:
- Capital Regional District
- Island Health (Health Science Professionals at Vancouver Island Health Authority)
- West Shore Parks and Recreation
- Greater Victoria Housing Society
Members work all across the Gulf Islands and southern end of Vancouver Island.
Holiday Party, Friday, December 2, 2016
Where: English Inn, located at 429 Lampson St.
When: Friday, December 2, 2016, doors open at 8 PM
What: Come celebrate the holidays, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to party! No-host cash bar, DJ music, photo booth with props, and yummy munchies from Melting Moments catering. Rooms available to rent for the evening by calling 250-388-4353
Who: CRD, GVHS, VIHA, WSPR staff (union and non-union) and guests
Tickets: $10 each, contact:
- Lorrie Siemens and Rae-Lynn Wiltshire @ Water
- Jeff Maloney @ Macaulay Point
- Lynn MacDonald @ SEAPARC
- Michael McKinley @ VIHA Gateway Village
- James Kroening @ Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Henry Lee @ Fisgard
Keep It Public For Good Campaign
Planning for new wastewater treatment in the Capital Regional District (CRD) is once again reaching a critical point – with implications for keeping this important service in public hands. CUPE has been working hard on this issue since 2006, when the BC Liberal government mandated new secondary treatment that will be required to meet new federal guidelines by 2020.
CUPE Local 1978, CUPE BC, CUPE National, labour groups and community groups are working together to ensure that sewage treatment in the CRD is publicly owned and operated.
Please check back here for campaign news and events, and visit our campaign page for more information.
In 2010, after almost four years of discussion and planning, the CRD approved a mostly public plan for sewage treatment that included a centralized treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, conveyance system upgrades, and a P3 biosolids processing facility at the Hartland Landfill. The project had a budget of $788 million, with approximately $500 million committed from the Provincial and Federal governments, including P3 Canada funding.
The first plan went off the rails in 2014 when Esquimalt Council denied the rezoning permission needed for the McLoughlin Point treatment plant. Since then, new consultations and work have been ongoing to find alternative sewage treatment options for the region. In March, 2016 – just under the wire – the CRD board approved a new conditional plan with two sites (Clover Point and McLoughlin or Macaulay) as well as a biosolids processing facility at Hartland, conveyance system upgrades and a possible third facility in the future.
P3 Canada, which had already granted a one-year extension (to March 2016), has given the CRD a new deadline of September 30, 2016 to have a finalized plan in place. The B.C. government has also recently stepped in to offer assistance to the struggling CRD, engaging Partnerships BC to review potential private sector technology options for the project. The review should be completed by the end of May. While the focus of public discussion is on plant location and what technology will be used, the issue of keeping it public has never been more important.