Representing Calgary & Cochrane Public Library Workers

What We Do

CUPE Local 1169 represents the unionized workers of the Calgary and Cochrane Public Libraries.

How do I become a member?

If you are a unionized employee of either the Calgary or Cochrane Public Library, you are automatically a union member and receive all of the benefits and protections offered to all union members. However, you are not a member in good standing of CUPE Local 1169, until you have filled out and submitted your membership card including the $2.00 initiation fee.

Where do you obtain your membership cards?

Unionized employees of the Calgary Public Library will receive a membership card when they participate in the “Start Smart” orientation which all new employees are required to attend. If new members choose not to enroll as a “member in good standing” at that time they may contact either their Union office or the Vice President who will ensure they are provided with a membership card. Those cards must then be filled out and returned to the Union office (including the $2.00 initiation fee). Members can also sign up when they attend any general membership meeting.

A member in good standing has the right to attend membership meetings and has full voice and vote in determining the representation of the membership with management.

What Does Membership Do For Me?

Aren’t I automatically a member of CUPE Local 1169 because I work for the library?

As an employee of Calgary or Cochrane Public Library, you are automatically represented by CUPE Local 1169 to the same degree as any other employee, however, until you sign and submit your membership card, you are not, a member in good standing, you do not have the right to attend Union meetings, have a direct say in the operation of your Union, nor vote on matters of importance, such as ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreements (including wages), nor the election of the Local’s officers.

What is CUPE, anyway?

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest public sector union, representing a wide spectrum of public service workers across the country. CUPE is founded on the notion of local autonomy, however, and each Local has its own say in how it is run. Members are the controlling factor in the Local.

What does CUPE do for me?

  • CUPE operates as your representative with the management of the Calgary or Cochrane Public Library, as well offers support for its members in a variety of ways.
  • CUPE bargains Collective Bargaining Agreements for its members, covering many aspects of working conditions ranging from vacation entitlement to promotions to protection against discrimination.
  • CUPE negotiates the wages earned by employees.
  • CUPE processes grievances and represents employees regarding violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • CUPE supports equality for each and every member.
  • CUPE recognizes and shares its sympathies with its members in a number of ways during such occasions as anniversaries of employment, illnesses and deaths.
  • CUPE operates as a member of the overall community by donating to and supporting local charities and labour initiatives based on membership approval.

How do I find out more?

Please contact any member of the Executive of CUPE Local 1169, and ask whatever questions you may have. Check out this website regularly, join our Facebook and Twitter account, read our newsletter, talk and discuss issues with other members; or come to a general membership meeting. Knowledge is power!