Get Involved

Active Membership in CSU 52 enables us to provide members with communications updates, and empowers members to be involved in the direction setting and governance of the Union.

As an Active Member you can set your communications interests, participate in online polls, vote on issues that affect you as a member, including your Collective Agreement and the election of Board of Directors members (including the President), and your Negotiations Committee. Active Membership also allows you to take advantage of eligible education bursaries for members and their children.

All employees within CSU 52 bargaining units are encouraged to become Active Members. There is no additional cost to become an Active Member. Click here to apply for a Membership Card online.

CSU 52 has a variety of committees to become involved with, from putting on social events to helping fellow CSU 52 members. Our committees have planning positions that meet formally, or you can sign up to support a committee on a casual basis that does not require a dedicated commitment.

CSU 52 currently has the following committees in place. Nomination for formal committee membership takes place annually at the January General Meeting. Participating on a committee is a great way to become involved with and learn more about the Union, meet new people and network, and support interests and causes that you care about.

If you are interested in participating on a committee, please submit your expression of interest by clicking here.

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS

Nominations and elections to Standing Committees and Other Committees occur annually at the January General Membership Meeting.

Current positions that will be available for nomination at the January 14, 2020 General Membership Meeting are indicated in bold text under each committee name.

  • A member or “VACANCY” with a “[19]” beside it = This position is up for nomination and will be for a 2-year term ending December 2021
  • “VACANCY” with a “[20]” beside it = This position is available for nomination and will be for a 1-year term ending December 2020

Committees

Updated: January 9, 2020

[19] denotes Member’s term ending December 2019
[20] denotes Member’s term ending December 2020

 ‘Bylaws Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Esther Anderson [19]
  • Amanda Hall VACANCY [20]
  • Michael LeBlanc VACANCY [20]
  • Heather MacKay [19]
  • Greg Novak [19]

 ‘Discipline Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Henrik Hale [19]
  • Victor Olmos [19]
  • Alex Perl VACANCY [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [19]
  • Emily Vokes [20]

 ‘Education Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Nadine Neufeld [19]
  • Jason Schneck VACANCY [19]
  • Cathy Williams [20]

 ‘Financial Review Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Donna Demyen, Chief Trustee [20]
  • Greg Derkach [20]will be vacant/up for election in January 2020 due to Greg being elected to the Board of Directors
  • James Paull; Sandi Giesler [19] – elected at October 2, 2018 General Meeting to fill vacancy


 ‘Grievance Appeal Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Chantelle Adams [20]
  • Milo Buryska [19]
  • Margaret Cieslak [19]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]
  • Jason Schneck VACANCY [19]

 ‘History Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Henrik Hale [20]
  • Greg Novak [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [19]
  • Amanda Hall (ex-officio member)

 ‘Student Bursary Application’

 ‘Community Organization Application for Funding form’

 ‘Members & Community Support Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Pierre Blanchette [20]
  • Leo Derkach, Treasurer [19]
  • Laurie Fiorilli [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [19]
  • Greg Novak [19]
  • Rocky Pilisko [19]
  • Darlene Woodham, Acting Chair [20]
  • Rose Tinka, Recording Secretary (CSU 52 Staff)

 ‘Public Events Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Pierre Blanchette (appointed Board Member)
  • Cheryl Deshaies [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [19]
  • Surjit Khakh [19]
  • Meagan Tungate; Darlene Woodham [20] – elected at April 2, 2019 General Meeting to fill vacancy
  • Jolene Hutseal; Danielle Downey VACANCY [19]

 ‘Publications Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Esther Anderson VACANCY [20]
  • Lori Jeffery-Heaney [19]
  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Cathy Williams [19]
  • Darlene Woodham [20]

 ‘Sergeant-at-Arms Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Tony Fata [19]
  • Jolene Hutseal [20]will be vacant/up for election in January 2020 due to Jolene being elected to the Board of Directors

 ‘Social Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Chantelle Adams [19]
  • Greg Derkach [19]
  • Allen Gavinchuk [19]
  • Michael Goth [20]
  • Surjit Khakh [20]
  • Meagan Tungate; Tomas Szczepanski [20]elected at April 2, 2019 General Meeting to fill vacancy

 ‘Young Workers Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Allen Gavinchuk [20]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]
  • Michael Goth [19]
  • Kristin Lacoursiere [19]
  • Alex Perl VACANCY [20]


Updated December 9, 2019

The Shop Steward Nomination Period for the 2020/2021 term is took place between November 25 and December 6, 2019. Shop Steward Nomination Forms were mailed to work locations to be posted for this time period so that CSU 52 Members were able to nominate their next Shop Steward(s).

Please return all forms to the CSU 52 Office for processing.

As a duly elected representative, the Shop Steward is one of the most important positions in the Union. Members rely on their Shop Stewards for guidance and assistance in resolving workplace issues and problems. Shop Stewards are the first line of defense when the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is violated and grievances arise.

In addition, Shop Stewards have many other responsibilities including being a leader, educator, and organizer. The Shop Steward is integral to building solidarity by uniting and involving the membership.

The goal is to build a stronger Union through the Shop Stewards.


The body of all stewards is the Shop Steward Assembly. The Assembly meets for two-hour Training Sessions five times a year. It is expected that Shop Stewards attend as many Training Sessions as possible.

Shop Steward Training Sessions are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the following months:

  • February
  • March
  • May
  • September
  • November

Additionally, it is advisable to attend as many General Membership Meetings and Contractual Unit Meetings as possible to stay informed of Union business.

General Membership Meetings are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street), except the June meeting, with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • 2nd Tuesday of January – Committee Elections
  • 1st Tuesday of April – Voting of Bylaws Amendments
  • 1st Tuesday of June (at the CSU 52 Office – BBQ Dinner
  • 1st Tuesday of October – Board of Directors Nominations Deadline
  • 1st Tuesday of December – Christmas Dinner

Contractual Unit Meetings are held a minimum of two times a year by the respective Contractual Unit Director – dates, times and location are determined as meetings are planned.


CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General Membership Meetings and Shop Steward Training Sessions, and to keep their members informed as to Union functions and activities. They act as a liaison between the Union and the members to ensure information is disseminated in a timely manner. In return for providing these services, Shop Stewards are given opportunities for training and also receive an honorarium based on attendance at Union meetings. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

Eligibility
Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are a CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. The staff member must have passed the probation period. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you learn on the job.

Mailout Representatives
Where there is a work area that has no Shop Steward (no nominations or interest), we ask that any one member sign up to be a Mailout Representative, someone who is willing to receive and post/circulate Union mail for the membership in that work area, until the next Shop Steward Nomination period (a member shows interest in being nominated as Shop Steward or November of odd years, whichever occurs first).

Alternative Shop Steward or Mailout Representative
Current Shop Stewards and Mailout Representatives should always ask for an alternate contact person to distribute Union information if they are on vacation or away from their work area for longer than a few days. The alternate does not have to assume the full roles of the Shop Steward.

Nominations/Election Procedures
Shop Stewards are elected in November and December of odd years. A nomination form is sent out in November to the current Shop Steward(s) or Mailout Representative and must be posted for 10 business days. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, an election (vote by members in the work area) will be arranged.

The position starts on January 1st.

Positions Left Vacant
A request to the Union Office for a mid-term Shop Steward Nomination Form should be made if a vacancy occurs due to a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative:

  • Resigning,
  • Transferring to another department or work location, or
  • Moving out of the Union’s jurisdiction (is no longer a CSU 52 member)

There should always be a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in every area of the Contractual Unit.

Honorarium (as of January 1, 2019)

  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend 3 or more (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Sessions:
    Yearly flat rate of $375, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended OR
  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend less than 3 (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Sessions:
    Yearly flat rate of $175, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended OR
  • Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year):
    $15 per active month, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended as a Shop Steward

Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Training Sessions per year and do not include full-day training sessions. Cheques may be available as early as the December General Membership Meeting.

Honorariums are subject to approval/change at the October General Membership Meeting December 3, 2019 General Membership Meeting (October meeting items have been deferred).


Click here to be redirected to the ‘Contact Us’ page. Lists of active Shop Stewards, by bargaining unit, are located at the bottom of the page.



General Membership Meetings are open to all CSU 52 Members. They provide an opportunity for CSU 52 to update members on the business of the Union and its bargaining units, as well as any special initiatives that are underway. It is also an opportunity for Active Members to bring questions and concerns to the floor. Meetings are generally 90 minutes in duration, dependent upon content and member involvement.

General Membership Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each January, and the 1st Tuesday of each April, June, October and December. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2020 Dates:

Tuesday, January 14 *CANCELLED / to be postponed
Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday, June 2 *At the CSU 52 Office, 10212 – 112 Street
Tuesday, October 6
Tuesday, December 1


Shop Steward Training Meetings are open to all Active Members of CSU 52 (non Shop Stewards must request permission from the Presiding Officer and/or Chief Shop Steward). Meeting topics are educational based, relating to union and labour relations matters. Meetings are intended to be interactive where possible, and will foster relationship building between Shop Stewards. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward for your area, please complete this form or contact the CSU 52 office.

Shop Steward Training Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2020 Dates (subject to change):

Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday, May 19
Tuesday, September 15
Tuesday, November 17


Board of Directors Meetings are open to Active Members to view, subject to confidential matters. If you wish to attend a Board Directors Meeting, please contact the CSU 52 Office.

Board of Directors Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of  January and the 2nd Tuesday thereafter of each month. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. at the CSU 52 Office (10212 – 112 Street).