Latest News


The Latest News section contains news items from the past 30-60 days, plus items of ongoing current concern.

Older items have been archived under appropriate “News Archive” headings.

“Seek & ye shall find.”



FLASHBACK 1998…Where We’ve Been

Local 520 Members frequently bring new items to our attention. More senior Members also frequently remind us of our history. Take a little time to review this pertinent & important part of where we’ve been.

Calgary Catholic School Strike January to March 1998



Scholarship Application Opportunities for CUPE Local 520 Members

Besides the CUPE Local 520 Scholarship being open for application until August 31 (details in the Members section of this website), there are other scholarships for your consideration as a Member in Good Standing of Local 520.

The CDLC (Calgary District Labour Council) accepts applications until June 1 as below:

CUPE Alberta also has scholarship application opportunities until September 1:



Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave *

All working Albertans are eligible for paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

*Taken directly from the official Government of Alberta website.



CUPE National: COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions





August 03,2021: GO STAMPS!

A special note to CFL football fans. Three of the District’s own (alumni of Notre Dame) will be suiting up for their hometown Stampeders for their Home Opener on Saturday August 7.

Sean McEwan returns to Calgary following a successful stint with the Argonauts, including winning a Grey Cup. Colton Hunchak enters his second season as a Stampeder after a stellar run with the York U Lions. Nick Statz enters his active roster rookie year following a Vanier Cup University National Championship with the UofC Dinos.

Congrats & welcome home, guys.




July 28,2021: Happy Heritage Day!

One of our fabulous 4 day summer weekends coming up!

Have a Happy Heritage Day, everyone!


July 26,2021: Christmas 2021

The District has announced that Monday Dec 27 & Tuesday Dec 28 will be days off in lieu of Christmas Day & Boxing Day, both of which fall on the weekend. Monday Jan 3 will also be a day off in lieu of New Year’s Day, as it falls on a Saturday.

Pursuant to Article 15.1 of our CA, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve will be half-days, as both fall on a normal working days.


June 29,2021: Summer….finally

Shhhhhhhhhhhh…they’re gone………………

Enjoy it while you can!

Have a great summer, everyone!






…& have a Happy Canada Day on Thursday!


June 14,2021: 2020 & 2021 Retirees pics

Pictures taken with some of our 2020 & 2021 Retirees been added to the Members section. Feel free to save them for you future enjoyment!

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Retiree group:

  • Freddine McFarlane – 35 years
  • Drahomir Drapal – 33
  • Blaine Krebs – 30
  • Lubelia Faria – 26
  • Ingrid Gallardo – 26
  • Teresa Kolecki – 25
  • Kevin Williams – 23
  • Dave Mehl – 21
  • John Russo – 20
  • Romeo Castro – 19

…& to the 2020 Scholarship Winner, Jessica Nguyen!

A special shout out to the 2019-20 Retiree group:

  • Anna Bindas
  • Paul Block
  • Kimberly Cugnet
  • Albertina Ficocelli
  • Bob Kusznierewicz
  • Ray Lundgren
  • Frank Mettimano
  • Nick Romashenko
  • Giovanni Scarpelli
  • David Tatterton



June 12,2021: Welcome Back Fall Picnic

Preliminary plans are being put in place for the possible return to our traditional social schedule, tentatively beginning with a Welcome Back Fall Family Picnic later in September.

Of course, the event is predicated on the hope that we don’t slide back into pandemic restrictions over the course of the summer.

Stay tuned for evolving details!


June 12,2021: Election Results

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected VP Mi Huynh & to re-elected Members Recording Secretary Chris Hymas, Warden Reuel Nacua, & Trustee Julius Cruz.

An opening now exists at Health & Safety Chair for those interested beginning in September. To run for this position, you need to be a Member-in-good-standing having attended 6 of the last 10 RMMs that have been held.

A new Executive Contact List will be sent out shortly.


June 06,2021: June Meetings

Our monthly Executive Meeting will be Saturday June 12 at 8am, immediately prior to the Regular Membership Meeting at 930am on the same date.

June is ELECTION MONTH. Elections will be held during the June RMM for VP, RecSec, Warden & 1 Trustee position.

See the Homepage of this website for all meeting details.


June 05,2021: Local 520 Retirement Celebration

Today was a great day to catch up with many of our 2020 & 2021 Retirees. Several Retirees arrived at the Hall, enjoyed socializing with old acquaintances, & partook of food supplied by Calgary’s perennial favourite Italian deli, Spolumbos.

Photos will be gathered this week for distribution upon request.

For those who could not make it, your items will be sent out this upcoming week by registered mail.

We are still seeking the whereabouts of Brother Kevin Williams & are holding his items at the local Office for safekeeping if anyone has contact with him in the near future.


June 03,2021: Health & Safety Meeting Minutes

See the Members section for the minutes from the latest Health & Safety Committee Meeting. There are 2 new items of particular ongoing interest:


  • Reusable Rubber Gloves: Concern about new gloves tearing easily and powder
    inside that is itchy.
    Supply challenges with the regular product and
    Caretaking is sourcing out replacements. Reach out to
    your Caretaking Supervisor regarding any concerns you
    have with the current product.


  • Use of Bleach for Cleaning: Concern about clothes getting stain by the bleach.
    Similar supply challenges noted above, Caretaking will
    source out aprons on as requested basis so please contact
    your Caretaking Supervisor if you would like a
    replacement apron or new one.


June 01,2021: District Caretaking Summer Work Schedule

The District’s Caretaking summer work schedule was sent out via District email to all Local 520 Members on Tuesday May 25 & a corrected one on June 1 (minor typo). Please check your District email inbox for details.