Meet Your Executive

Cyril WilsonPresident – Cyril Wilson

As of February 2015, I was elected in as the new President of our Local due to our previous President resigning as of January 13, 2015.  The election for the President position was held on March 5, 2016 and I was re-elected as President.

I have worked for The City of Calgary for over 30 years in the Waste & Recycling Services department.  Over these years, I have seen a lot of changes in this department as well as many others.

I was born in Nova Scotia in 1956 and moved to NW Calgary in 1958.  This is where I met my future wife in 1975 and we got married in 1979.  We have four beautiful children and 10 grandchildren.

I became involved in the Union when I had asked a Job Steward a question and it was suggested that I attend a Regular Membership meeting to get more information about the Union.  In 1990, I did just that and attended my first meeting that year and have been involved in the Union ever since.  I have been on the Executive for 16 years now, as a Trustee, Executive Member, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, Vice President, and my latest position, as President.

As your President, I will ensure to do this job to the best of my ability and I will be available for all of our Members equally.

I can be reached in the office at 403-269-5333 or by email at president@cupe37.ca

Thank You

Cyril Wilson, President

 

Vice President – Charles Dustin Withers

I have worked for the City of Calgary in the Roads Department since 2009, but I have been aware of CUPE Local 37 all my life due to having a family member who works for the City of Calgary as well.  I became a Job Steward in late 2012 and since then I have been elected as the Chair of the Job Steward committee.  At the CUPE Alberta Convention I was also elected into the position of the Young Worker’s Vice President.

 

Recording Secretary – Sam Basi

I would like to thank the membership for electing me into this position.  It has already been a lot of hard work, as I expected it would be, and I love every minute of it.

I have started a filing system for Occupational, Health, Safety & Environment (OHS&E), General Issues and  Bargaining Proposals.  It is never too early to get your thoughts and concerns into me so we can be prepared well in advance.

I will be working with the office staff on electronic files with a search engine.

I look forward to working with the membership in strengthening our bargaining rights and our right to a safe and respectful workplace.

You can reach me at 269-5333, or by e-mail atrecordingsecretary@cupe37.ca

 

george_1Treasurer – George Carnegie

I moved to Calgary from Toronto in 1971.

I started working for the City of Calgary in 1979, with the Electric System, now known as ENMAX.  In 1995, I relocated to the Waste & Recycling Services department and am currently still there now.

I became a Job Steward after seeing the way our members at Waste & Recycling Services were being treated.

I served as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for a couple of terms in the early 2000’s and in March 2013, I was elected into the position of Vice-President.

I want to thank all the Brothers and Sisters who elected me into my current position and for giving me the opportunity to try and make this a better workplace.  I only hope that my efforts exceed your expectations and I look forward to helping and meeting all our members in their quest in having a successful career.

You can reach me at 269-5333, or by e-mail attreasurer@cupe37.ca

 

Jody Sallans_1Sergeant-at-Arms – Jody Sallans

I was born in Kitchener Ontario but was moved to Calgary when I was 2 and have resided in Calgary ever since. I worked seasonal with the (Old) Province in the Highways & Transportation Department for three years on a Seal Coating Crew in the summer months and was a Civilian Instructor with 604 Moose Air Cadet Squadron over the winter months in the same years.

I started with the City of Calgary in the spring of 1989; I was hired as a Driver/Labourer with the Streets Department. Now known as Roads.

I first got involved with CUPE 37 when I became a Job Steward in 1996 and have been active on the Job Stewards Committee ever since.  I then joined the in house Occupational Health and Safety Committee in 2004 and have chaired the Committee for the last 5 years.

In 2006 I was accepted by the members as the Alternate for the local on the Municipal Employees Benefit Association of Calgary (MEBAC) board of directors. I agreed to a 7 to 10 year commitment. In June of 2008 I replaced our Delegate on the board where in June of 2009 I was elected to the Secretary’s position on the MEBAC Board. I am also on the Communications Committee for MEBAC and was a member of the Negotiations Committee for MEBAC when the current contract with the City was being negotiated.

In 2007 I was appointed as the City of Calgary’s Outside Worker Representative to the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) by our President Kevin Galley.

In 2008 I was elected to the Executive-at-Large Position by the members of CUPE Local 37 and in 2015 I have been elected into the Sergeant-at-Arms position.  I have proudly enjoyed serving the members of 37 for the past years and I hope to continue to serve the members in this position in the future as well.

 

Scott_2014Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms – Scott Cush

I started with sewers in 2001, moved through the department and have been in a backhoe on a construction crew for the past few years.  I have been active in my union since 2005 and have moved into roles with CUPE Alberta, and CUPE National.

If you are interested, I have started a blog (http://cupe37.blogspot.com).  I hope that information will trickle through the blog and you can rely on it for information, recommendations for union meetings, and events that will or have happened in my presence.  If you have a question, please contact me.  I am not perfect, but I believe that having your union work for you is a must.  Make me work for you!

 

Laura_2014Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms – Laura Petrella

Ten years ago I moved here from Ontario and almost immediately started with the City of Calgary.  Since 2004 I have called the Calgary Zoo home and am proud to be part of the Local 37 family there as a Zookeeper.  I have quickly come to realize that working day and day out with a variety of dynamic, formidable and sometimes stubborn animals has in a way been great preparation for union life!

In 2014 I was elected as an Executive-at-Large and I had also joined the Social and OHS&E Committees and have been appointed as Recording Secretary for the Job Stewards Committee.  I hope that my learning experiences over the next few years will continue to foster a sense of activism for the labour movement in Canada and a dedication to this Union. I can be reached atlaurapetrella37@gmail.com

 

Dave_KnudsenExecutive-at-Large – Dave Knudsen

I started with the City of Calgary in 2005 in the Waste & Recycling Services department and became a Job Steward in 2010.

 

Executive-at-Large – Paul Vargis

I am a well-known political activist, who is willing to go the distance to advocate for your rights.  University educated.        

 

 

Executive-at-Large – Zachary Lawrence

I am presently an Executive-at-Large and I have been a Job Steward for six years now.  I am here for you to bridge the gap between Management and Employees.  I’m working towards a fair workplace and I  want to help and guide my fellow CUPE Local 37 Members.

 

Jen_Long_2016Executive-at-Large – Jennifer Long

I’ve been with the City for over thirteen years working in Animal Care at the Zoo.  Last year I became a Job Steward and I continue to become more active in the Union.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend two CUPE Conferences where I have learned the value and power of Unions.  I appreciate your support and I am committed to working hard to keep us strong.

 

Executive-at-Large – Oliver Peplowski

 

 

 

Executive-at-Large – Frank West

 

Trustee – Alonni Pedneault

Trustee – John Andre

Trustee – Valerie Edwards

Job Stewards

First Name Last Name Internal Mail Code Department Location
GEOFFREY GIBSON 142 CG-Mat Op-CS-Glenmore
STEPHANE FONTAINE 240 CH-East Maintenance
ANDREW MASON 8023 CP-Building Repair
DARREN BULL 8023 CP-Site Supervisor North
STANLEY HUGHES M70 FS-Waste-Recycle Repair Facility
JUSTIN THOMAS 136 PK – UF West
ALANA FELKER 77 PK-N and W Park Service-Zone 1
SHELLEY REID 77 PK-Nursery and Planting
AMANDA TRAYA 74 PK-Parks North and Est Seasonal
GERRY BATSCH 133 PK-Parks Ops North-Amenities
JAMES DEWART 74 PK-Parks Ops North-Cemeteries M
JOSEPH BABEY 75 PK-Seasonal
RAYMOND MACDONALD 75 PK-Seasonal
LAURA PETRELLA 152 PR-Canadian Wilds
JENNIFER LONG 152 PR-Destination Africa
VALERIE EDWARDS 152 PR-Destination Africa
TODD AVERILL 670 PS-Fleet Westwinds
DAN ROSENTRETER 690 PS-Vehicle Acquis and Set-up
OLIVER PEPLOWSKI 384 RC-Foothills Pool
ALONNI PEDNEAULT 355 RC-Max Bell Centre
BILL HANYCZ 136B RC-McCall Lake GC Grounds
AARON ALLARD 357 RC-Optimist-Blunden A-A Park
BRUCE OTTWAY 159 RC-SLC Aquatic Services
GORDON BOLEYCHUK 159 RC-SLC Aquatic Services
ELIZABETH TWEEDALE 390 RC-SWC Pool – Fitness Centre
MIRIAM G SHERWOOD 391 RC-Thornhill Pool – Fitness Ct
ALBERTO D TIRRI 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
ARTHUR BATOROWSKI 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
BATTISTA VERARDI 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
BRAD YONER 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
CHRISTOPHER PENALOZA 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
DAFYDD URQUHART 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
DAN BOUCHARD 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
DANIEL VAN TASSELL 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
DON MONROE 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
DUSTIN WITHERS 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
HUSSEIN RAFIH 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JACOB GILES 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JAMAL HAYMOUR 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JEREMY LACHAPELLE 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JODY SALLANS 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JOHN HARTUNG 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
KELLY GARDIPPIE 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
MATTHEW MCLEAN 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
PAUL VARGIS 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
RICHARD MCCARTHY 4010 RD-Administration and Finance
JOHN ULANICKI 4010 RD-District 1
COLIN SAMPSON 125 RD-Field Staff
HARRISON FOX 125 RD-Traffic Field Staff
KEVIN GALLEY 4007 RD-Vehicle-Equipment
ROBERT MCGINN 37 WB-Calgro
SCOTT CUSH 64 WB-Collection Districts
JOE SMITH 329 WB-Lift Stations
JOHN MACMILLAN 329 WB-North District
ANTHONY TINGLE 37 WB-Treatment Plant Support Service
ROBERT BONNEVILLE 37 WB-Treatment Plant Support Service
CHAD ENNIS 64 WB-UCS Central C1
DOUGLAS WELLIS 34 WB-UCS Central C1
GREG MARTIN 34 WB-UCS Central C1
CHE ANOTHONY BLAZENKO 34 WB-UCS North N3
MARK LANGLOIS 27 WR-Collection Support
CHRISTOPHER ST. CROIX 27 WR-Commercial Collection
RUSSELL DASH 27 WR-East-Calgary-Landfill
ZACHARY LAWRENCE 27 WR-East-Calgary-Landfill
CHRISTOPHER DAKIN 64 WR-Programs
MIKE BARRELL 27 WR-Residential Collect District 1
AARON YOUNG 27 WR-Residential Collect District 2
DAVID KNUDSEN 27 WR-Residential Collect District 2
JAMES TROTTIER 27 WR-Residential Collect District 2
JASON LANDRY 28 WR-Residential Collect District 2
RANDY LAPIERRE 28 WR-Residential Collect District 2
DONALD SABADKA 27 WR-Residential Collect District 3
JOHN ANDRE 27 WR-Residential Collect District 3
MARK SMITH 27 WR-Residential Collect District 3
DARCY PERRAULT 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
KAROL RYBAK 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
KENT LEWIS 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
MICHAEL MOORE 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
NINA SINCLAIR 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
SARAH MACDOUGALL 27 WR-Shepard-Landfill
DEAN COTTAM 27 WR-Spyhill-Landfill
KYLE MOSBY 27 WR-Spyhill-Landfill
First Name Last Name Sub-Local Location
ERIC PROCTOR CANMORE
GENE THOMSON COCHRANE
HOWARD FINAN HERITAGE PARK
MARK MACLACHLAN HERITAGE PARK
ROBIN FRIESEN IRRICANA
BEVERLY SCHLOSSER NANTON
ROBERT DAVIDSON VULCAN
Last Updated January 2017

Committees

Committee Contacts:

AMHSA

  • Paul Vargis
  • Jody Sallans

AMEC

  • Cyril Wilson
  • Sam Basi

BY-LAW

  • Scott Cush

CCDC/CDLC

  • Sam Basi
  • Scott Cush

MEBAC

  • Jody Sallans
  • George Carnegie

OHS&E

  • Jody Sallans
  • Paul Vargis

RCA

  • Randy LaPierre
  • Dave Knudsen

SOCIAL

  • Laura Petrella

SWANA

  • Zachary Lawrence
  • John Andre

Our History

Local 37 was first chartered on August 13, 1917, as the Civic Employees Federal Labour Union No. 37, under the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada.

Our first officers were:

  • F. Stevens – President
  • G.F. Moore – Vice President
  • J.S. Whitely – Recording Secretary
  • W. Hincelwood – Secretary/Treasurer

Over time, the Trades and Labor Congress became the National Union of Public Employees, which subsequently merged with the National Union of public Service Employees to form the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1963. Local 37 was chartered with CUPE on September 24, 1963. Local 37 has had two job actions in its history – a wildcat strike in 1974 over wages, and a legal strike in 1978 that lasted 55 days. The main issue in the 1978 strike was to maintain gross wages while working a compressed work week.

When the economy tanked in the early 1980’s, Local 37 members were re-deployed in 1984 for about 3 months. Since then, no permanent employee in Local 37’s jurisdiction has been laid off due to lack of work.

Today, CUPE Local 37 represents more than 3000 members providing excellence in public service.

Affiliations

CUPE 37 is affiliated to:

City of Calgary and Sub-Locals Information

CUPE Local 37 represents the City of Calgary Outside Workers and the following Sub-Locals:

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