Committees

Mandated Committees

The following committees are considered mandated by either our Local Constitution or by our Collective Agreement. They are the Bargaining Committee, Grievance Committee, and lastly, the Occupational Health & Safety Committee. These committees are not available for service, but our new committees not mandated by the local are available to members.

Local 718 is in the ongoing process of appointing ‘New Committees’ for the upcoming term. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please submit your name to the Union Office either by telephone (604) 278-3718 or through this website. Below is a ‘Duty Description’ list of all the new committees for you to join.

New Committees

The following committees are considered new to Local 718. These New Committees require members to help get them established within the local. A brief duty description of these new committees has been included below

These new committees are not mandated by either our Local Constitution or by our Collective Agreement. As per our Constitution, the President of Local 718 will be considered an ‘External Official’ member on all new committees.

Duty Descriptions

Communication Committee
The Communications Committee provides a forum for the creation, development, evaluation and distribution of communications by continually looking for new ways to expand the union’s ability to communicate with CUPE Local 718 members. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Community Outreach Committee
To work and build relationships with local community groups that require support such as, but not limited to, The Richmond Food Bank, The Richmond Literacy Committee and The Woman’s Resource Centre. To organize events that can both support these organizations while enhancing the locals presence within the community. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Constitution Committee
To periodically review the locals constitution and to propose updates as required to the executive board. To review the constitution to make changes into plain language so that it can be easily understood by all members. To periodically review local policies and propose updates as required. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Education Committee
To promote education to our members and encourage them to be active participants in all aspects of the local. Encourage activists to participate and promote attendance at workshops. To advocate for broader educational goals and skills building for all members. Look for opportunities to promote apprenticeship programs, workplace literacy programs and clear language within the local. Finally, liaise with the National Union Development Department. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Equity Committee
To encourage and promote the participation of visible minorities and other related equity seeking groups so that minority participation be reflected throughout the local. Advocate for employment equity programs and anti-discrimination issues be addressed through bargaining. Promote awareness issues in publications or newsletters. Strengthen human rights legislation, pay equity legislation and employment rights legislation. Work towards fairness and equity within the workplace. Eliminate racism and discrimination at all levels of the local, to reflect both genders, members with disabilities, members of colour or aboriginal status. Training will be made available to committee members. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Job Evaluation Committee
To assist members in the preparation and submission of reclassification of those under the recent Job Evaluation Agreement. Training will be made available to committee members in accordance with the current Job Evaluation Agreement and with CUPE’s own Job Evaluation System. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Occupational Health & Safety Committee
To meet regularly with the employers committee as per the Collective Agreement and WorkSafe BC regulations, to discuss issues regarding workplace health and safety matters. This committee will make recommendations directly to the CAO’s office at City Hall. Training will be made available to committee members as it becomes available in conjunction with eight hours of training per legislation. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Political Action Committee
To inform members regarding basic political choices in our society and to participate in the process through activities such as, but not limited to, campaign assignments, lobbying, member contact and other related political events. Organize and coordinate initiatives which will ensure representation of CUPE’s political views in elected bodies at all levels of government through events such as, but not limited to, action campaigns, Council Board watch, protest rallies, recruitment, screening of political candidates for Council and local School Board watch. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Social Committee
To organize and coordinate all social events for Local 718 members. Currently, the events already established are the ‘Children’s Christmas Party’, the ‘Member’s Christmas Party’, ‘Local 718 Family Ice Skate’, and our ‘Local 718 Open House’ events. All events are to be held annually, once a year, each year at various Local 718 public facilities including the Local 718 Union Office. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.

Young Workers Committee
To strengthen the local by educating, involving and reaching out to young workers. To develop capable young leaders so the local can continue to thrive in the future. To provide information to help educate young workers regarding their rights within the workplace. To support bargaining priorities regarding issues of importance to young workers such as, but not limited to, auxiliary positions, part time positions and seniority. Through the chairperson, make regular reports to our Local 718 Executive Board.