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Nov 26,2020: Children’s Christmas Gift distribution

Merry Christmas!

The CUPE Local 520 Annual Children’s Christmas Gift distribution for pre-registered Members will happen on…

Saturday December 5, 9am until 1pm,1439-9 Ave SE.

Weather permitting, we may be able to have a drive-thru distribution at the parking lot entrance.

Otherwise, it will be a pickup & go event in respect of COVID-19 protocols.

We wish we could all socialize & celebrate but that just isn’t possible this year.

Please do not arrive before 9am.

Please be mindful that we will not be able to accommodate a large rush in the last hour.

Any gifts remaining after 1pm will be donated to charity, as is our tradition following each Christmas Party.


Nov 21,2020: Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

For 12 years the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) has been bringing together the best of world cinema on the subject of work, workers and their unions.  This year CLIFF, like all film festivals and all unions, is having to find its way through the pandemic.  It could have cancelled its flagship screenings in Toronto and all its 80 or so local events across Canada (hosted by local unions).  Instead it moved online.

And made one of its screenings open to all of us, everywhere.

Which is a big win for trade unionists all around the world.  This Sunday, 22 November at 13:30 we can all see the films that won awards at this year’s CLIFF.  That’s Toronto time; see HERE to get the start time in your time zone.

At LabourStart we like to think we know a bit about online global labour solidarity.  So while we didn’t plan it this way, it is appropriate that the first-ever online CLIFF is also the first time that LabourStart awarded a prize for the film that best exemplified international working class solidarity.  In fact, two short films tied for the award this year.

Both are part of the screening of the award-winning films on Sunday.  Which films won?  Watch them and see!

To get your free ticket to see these films just click HERE.


Nov 14,2020: Children’s Christmas Gifts

Santa has given our list to his elves, fired up the Local 520 assembly line, & scheduled our delivery for this year!

Gift pick up will be SATURDAY DEC 5 FROM 9AM UNTIL NOON at the Union Office.

Gifts that cannot be picked up that day will be donated to charity.



Nov 10,2020: Work boot vouchers

We’re hearing that many Members forgot about their work boot vouchers & allowed them to expire last week. If you find yourself in this situation, contact your supervisor about getting a replacement voucher. Remember, there are certain duties that require you to wear certified safety footwear. As the District has provided them to you at their cost, do not make the mistake of choosing to not wear them in the performance of these duties. It is your responsibility to utilize the items that are provided to make your job safer.


Nov 8,2020: Reminders for the week

This week, our Monthly Executive Meeting goes on Tuesday.

Also, Saturday Nov 14 is our Regular Membership Meeting, 930am at the Union Offices. New Members please arrive at 9am for registration. You can download a copy of the Next Meeting Notice on the Home page.

Wednesday is REMEMBRANCE DAY. All District worksites are closed. Please remember to take time to remember those who paid the ultimate price to serve Canada & thank those that returned home, in your own way.


Nov 6,2020: Santa fires up the Local 520 assembly line at midnight!

Today is the LAST CHANCE to register for the Children’s Christmas Gift 2020.

Download your copy of the registration form from the Members section & submit it today!


Nov 1,2020: Important Change to LAPP pension effective January 01,2021

For those Members about to retire, there has been an important change to LAPP’s Coordination Benefit that will take effect January 01,2021. Please see the link in the Members section if you believe this may apply to you.


Nov 1,2020: Children’s Christmas Gifts

Santa needs time to ensure that he & his elves can get together gifts for all the children!

Remember…it’s their busy season!

Only 5 days remain before the deadline to register on Friday November 6. Download your copy of the registration form from the Members section & follow the instructions for sending it in.