CUPE Local 829 represents approximately 300 Educational Support Staff working in schools in Medicine Hat and Redcliff.
Our members include:
- Medicine Hat Public School Division Clerical Staff
- Medicine Hat Public School Division Custodial Staff
- Medicine Hat Public School Division Educational Assistant Staff
- Medicine Hat Catholic School Division Custodial Staff
- Prairie Rose School Division (Redcliff) Custodial Staff
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Office is located at 113-640 Kingsway Avenue SE, Medicine Hat. The phone number is 403-526-5239. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Our National Rep is Aneen Albus.
Our Local 829 has supported the following:
- Donated $500 to Jody Selwood and family. Jody is an EA who works in the Medicine Hat Public School District, whose family lost their home in a fire in September 2020.
- Donated scholarship money to Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat High School, Alexandra Middle School and to McCoy High School.
The CUPE Bring a Child a Smile Campaign was started in 2013 as a way to help raise awareness of CUPE and Local 829 in our community. The idea was to promote positive interactions within Medicine Hat and Redcliff that directly affected the children we work with each day.
Since the beginning of this campaign, our Local 829 has:
- Donated funds to purchase new CSA approved ice skating helmets to donate to every elementary school in Medicine Hat and Redcliff.
- Donated funds to sharpen school owned ice skates in Medicine Hat and Redcliff.
- Organized, collected, and delivered over 2000 pairs of pyjamas to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter.
- Donated funds to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank’s Brown Bag Lunch program.
- Donated funds to the Teen Kitchen, a program which gives students in Grades 7-9 in the Medicine Hat School District a safe place to learn cooking skills. The impact this program has made, makes it such a heart warming and worthwhile cause for our local to support. Below is a picture of one of the recent purchases of food by the program.
Your 2020-2021 Executive are (click on name to be directed to their email address):
- President: Sharon Stolz
- Vice-President: Jake Braaten
- Treasurer: Lorna Statham
- Recording Secretary: Cynthia Henders
Your Shop Stewards are:
- Medicine Hat Catholic School Division – Custodial: Clint Stojke
- Medicine Hat Catholic School Division – Custodial: Corrine Miller-Feasey
- Medicine Hat Public School Division – EA: Chris Schmidt
- Medicine Hat Public School Division – Clerical: Colleen Petryshyn
Each September at our Annual General Meeting elections are held and members are able to put their names forward for a variety of committees:
- Medicine Hat District Labour Council
- Southern Alberta Council (SADC)
- Alberta Education Employees Committee (AEEC)
- Wellness Committee
- CUPE Bring a Child a Smile Committee
For more information, or if you are interested in serving on one or more of these committees, please contact a member of the Executive.
Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.
As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.
CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.
In the spirit of respect, reconciliation and truth, CUPE Local 829 Educational Support Staff honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Iyaxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Metis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, indigenous and non, who live, work, and play and help us steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.