Behind the CUPE 951 50 Stories Project

The idea for the project was brought to the Communication team by Karen Dykes, who had just returned from the Canadian Labour Congress’ Together Fairness Works campaign kick off training weekend. Realizing the opportunity we had in conjunction with our local’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the idea to tell 50 members’ stories was hatched. The next step was figuring out how to…

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50 Stories: Cheryl DeWolfe

Cheryl started at UVic as a Casual in 1988 and got a regular position in the Stacks unit at the McPherson Library in 1992. Since then she has had many different positions in the Library and in Continuing Studies. For the past 8 years, Cheryl has worked on digitization projects, helping to build digital versions of books, papers, photos, and other…

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50 Stories: Kirk Mercer

Kirk came to Uvic in 2004, working as a casual in the Print Shop for two years before being successfully hired into a regular position. He came from a strong unionist background, having spent 17 years in another union (CEP/UNIFOR). He missed the union work so it didn’t take much convincing for him to step up to the task with…

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50 Stories: Karen Dykes

Karen started working in the UVic Libraries in 2010 and currently works as the supervisor for the Technical Support Unit which means she spends a lot of her day helping people connect to networks, send wireless print jobs, and unjam copiers and printers; she also helps to staff the circulation desk.  Karen is currently working towards a Masters in Library and Information Science…

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50 Stories: Amanda Sather

Amanda started working on campus in the summer of 2010 and currently works in the Bookstore. Unfortunately, she encountered conflict in a previous position that resulted in her leaving that position but she is now happy to work in an environment that she finds both healthy and supportive. Coming from the public sector, Amanda wasn’t sure what rights or options she…

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