Welcome to CUPE Local 520

CUPE 520 logoCUPE Local 520 represents Caretaking, Maintenance, & Warehouse staff of the Calgary Catholic School District.

CUPE Local 520 has caretaking staff in District schools & support worksites in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, & Chestermere. We also work in maintenance doing repairs of mechanical equipment, grounds maintenance, & playgrounds. CUPE Local 520 members also work in CCSD’s distribution center providing equipment & supplies to all District schools.

Because of the work we do, the students & staff in our schools & other District worksites can work in a clean, safe, well maintained & supplied environment.

Thank you, Members, for all that you do!

Welcome to the CUPE Local 520 website!

Your Executive Members endeavor to keep all of the information, news, & resources on this site both up-to-date & relevant. It is our honest desire that this site becomes the primary resource for timely & useful information to our Members.

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 Older items have been archived under appropriate “News Archive” headings.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

If you, as a Member, have a suggestion for appropriate items to be added to this site, please contact us via our email cupe520@shaw.ca

Members, please contact an Executive Member via phone or email to receive the password to the Members section.


“New month, new chapter, new page and new wishes.

May the month give you courage, strength, Confidence, patience, self-love and inner peace.  May everyday in September fill your days with Hope, Love, sunshine and energy.  Let there be Joy, Fun and Laughter.”

Happy Labour Day to all of you!

In behalf of your CUPE Local 520 Executives, I would like to welcome you for the opening of the school year 2023-2024.

Before anything else, I would like to share to you the events that happened from April to August of this year.

  • April 29 – Retirement Banquet: A night filled with fun and happiness, a successful event prepared and organized by Roland Vispo and Executives.
  • June 10 – Election of new officers. Congratulation to the newly elected Vice President Nestor Albayalde and Warden – Mi Huynh.
  • June 29 – Ratification vote for the new Collective Agreement 2020-2024.

Yes – 87 and No – 16

  • The new hourly rates will be:

01 June 2023 1.25%, 01 September 2023 1.00%, 01 February 2023 1.50%

Health Spending Allowance of $500.00 from $400.00 effective January 1, 2024.

Preparation is already started for the new bargaining proposals.  All members are encourage to attend and participate in the submission and deliberation of new proposal for the coming bargaining.

August 1, submitted Bill 32 requirements.

Our first Regular Monthly Meeting will be on September 16, 2023 at St. Mary’s High School from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

  • October 14 TBA
  • November 18 TBA
  • December 16 TBA

CUPE Local 520 welcome Dana Kroll Caretaking Supervisor, Laurence Canisi and Warren Cendana Assistant Supervisors.





St. David’s United Church

3033 Capitol Hill Crescent NW

Calgary, AB

Meetings start at 930am on the following Saturdays

New Members please arrive at 9am for registration


3033 Capitol Hill Crescent, NW

Calgary, AB

Saturday Meetings start at 8am


Roughly every second month of the school year, CUPE 520 Table Officers meet with members of CCSD’s upper management to discuss pertinent issues. Those issues brought to the table (by either side) are expected to have either significant implications throughout District operations or be of consequential contractual concern. Lesser issues are dealt with in an ongoing manner between CUPE Local 520 Table Officers & the appropriate management team member.

If you have issues at your worksite, the best course of action is to send a detailed email to your Executive (see the Contact Us section) & to keep detailed personal notes of any interactions you have pertaining to your issue. We will decide the appropriate course of action. We need you to stand behind your complaint. It is not possible to move forward with hearsay complaints in any significant fashion.


September 2023-June 2024 to be announced at a later date.



…(September 1 to August 31) please contact Local 520 as soon as you possibly can so that you can be included in our next Annual Retirement Celebration which is scheduled for Spring 2024.

Retirees receive free participation (along with a guest) in the next scheduled Retirement Celebration, a CUPE Local 520  watch, & an Honourarium cheque based on their years of service with the Local.

Leave a message or text at 403-669-0549, email to cupe520@shaw.ca, or contact our Social Chair with your information.

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this important life milestone!


For any issues involving H&S in your workplace, please contact…

H&S Chair Percival Manalo

…via the phone numbers on the Executive Contact List posted in your workplace or via email to cupe520@shaw.ca


Check under News for any up & coming social events!


…is open for applications, with each year’s applications due no later than August 31.

The Local 520 yearly $1400 scholarship is open to Members or children of Members who are attending any accredited post-secondary institution.


Applications received near the deadline need to be complete with all required components submitted by midnight on August 31.

There is always an entire year in which to apply. Accepting late applications is unfair to those Members who apply in a timely manner.

Download your copy of the application form in the Members section.

Thank-you to those Members elected as Trustees…

Pepito Pescante-Mario Coronel-Roland Vispo

…for looking after the well being of our Local!

…& to our Warden…

Reuel Nacua

…for keeping us all in line!

CUPE Equality Statement

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 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 sisters and brothers deserve dignity, equality and respect.

National President

National Secretary-Treasurer