About us

Executive and Stewards


Mark Slade



David Van Koughnett

Tori Royer

CHIEF STEWARD (Library Unit):
Annie Ferguson

Cindy Van Kralingen

Tracey Spruyt

Unit Stewards

Planning and Building Services, Engineering, Information Services: Vacant

Finance and Clerks: Alicia Auld

Municipal Service Centre and Recreation, Sport & Culture: Susan Bryan

Library Unit, Main Steward: Marla Bestward

Library Unit, Branch Steward: Anna Murtaugh


CommitteeNegotiating Committee

This is special ad hoc committee established to prepare collective bargaining proposals and to negotiate a collective agreement. The committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President and three (3) members (three full-time and one alternate) for the City unit and President and two (2) members (two full-time and one alternate) for the Library unit.

Special Committees

A special ad hoc committee may be established for a specified purpose and period by the membership at a meeting. The members shall be elected at the same or another membership meeting or may, by specific authorization of the membership, be appointed by the President or the Executive Committee.

Standing Committees

Grievance Committee

This committee shall process all grievances not settled at the initial stage.  The committee is comprised of the elected President, Vice-President and applicable Chief Steward from the City Unit for the Corporation of the City of Welland grievances, Chief Steward from the Library Unit for the Welland Public Library grievances and (if needed) the effected unit steward for either the City Unit or the Library Unit.  If you think you have a grievance, please talk to your steward or a member of the executive.

Education Committee

The purpose of this committee is to:

  • Arrange for representation of the Local at any appropriate and available educational seminar or conference and submit recommendations accordingly to the Executive Committee;
  • Instruct delegates in the preparation of reports to the membership on seminars and conferences and maintain a reference file of these reports;
  • Co-operate with the Executive Committee in preparing press releases and other publicity material;
  • Co-operate with the Union Development Department (Education) and Communications Branch of CUPE, and with the regional education representative, in implementing both the Local’s and CUPE’s policies in these fields. The committee shall comprise between three (3) and five (5) members and shall appoint its secretary from among its members.

For more detailed information about the Local's committees, please see the Bylaws

Equality statement

equalityUnion 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.

Meet the Local

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City Unit

Local 1115 City Unit consists of approximately 80 full- and part- time staff that work in:

  • Development and Building Services
    • Planning Division
    • Building Division
    • Parking/Bylaws/Traffic
  • Corporate Services
    • Finance
    • Purchasing, Inventory, and Fleet Operations
    • Payroll
    • Clerks
    • Information Services
  • Engineering & Public Works
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Recreation, Sport & Culture

City Unit staff work at five main locations in the city:



City Hall 60 East Main Street Welland civic square
Public Works 99 Federal Road City of Welland Public Works
Welland Community Centre 145 Lincoln Street
Welland Farmers' Market 70 Young Street
Rec Rentals @ the Docks 129 Lincoln Street (Rotary Park)




Library Unit

Local 1115 consists of approximately 30 full- and part- time library workers who work at three library branches:

welland library