Next Membership MEETING NOTICE 

When: April 19, 2017

Where: Local 1936 office – #208 800 McBride Blvd. New Westminster

 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

 If you are late, the mall closes at 7pm and you will need to phone the office 604 522-8445 to be let in.

General Membership meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. 

All CUPE 1936 members should attend if not working.

We need at least 2 members from each unit to attend!

There may be a need for an Executive Emergency meeting or vote by e-mail or phone prior to the regular meeting.

All Unit Chairs must attend. Please notify Local if you can’t attend!

Please bring a written unit report and contact information updates.

Please remember our Bylaw XII.6 reads:  Should any Board member fail to answer the roll call for three (3) Executive Board meetings without having submitted good reasons for those failures, her office shall be declared vacant and shall be filled by an election at the following Central Membership Meeting.  (Article B 2.5).

Please join us for our membership meeting, followed by a Celebration of Life for Michael Lanier

The meeting will be held February 22nd, at 6:30pm, at

Collingwood Neighborhood House
5288 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC
Near the Joyce Street Skytrain Station

Second Floor, Program A and B.

Should you have any issues accessing the room, please text Sheryl at 778-231-4241.


  • Elections
  • Recommended By Law Changes
  • Financial Motions

This brief agenda will be followed by a CUPE Local 1936 only Celebration of Life for Michael Lanier, our President who passed away on January 11th, 2017.

Please bring yourselves and your colleagues to this meeting. We require quorum in order to conduct this business of the local.

Thanks so much and take good care of yourselves and one another.

Sheryl Burns and Bernice Way

Moon Lights the Way for our President Michael Lanier

It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you that our long-term, committed President, Michael Lanier passed into the next realm, guided by the light of the full moon. He will be truly missed by all of us. His dedication to our local and the labour movement along with his life-long commitment to social justice issues has left a lasting impact on our community. Michael never passed up an opportunity to advocate on behalf of our members, for community social service and child care issues. He was a constant presence at the microphones at conventions and conferences and regularly attended picket lines for CUPE and non-CUPE members alike. Michael was frequently seen at rallies throughout the Lower Mainland.

Michael was also a Regional Vice-President of CUPE BC and was extraordinarily proud to represent CUPE Metro and Community Social Service members on the CUPE BC Executive Board. He was also a strong and passionate advocate for childcare issues and worked closely with the Child Care Coalition and was co-chair of the CUPE BC Childcare Working Group and the CUPE National Childcare Working Group. He was committed to achieving a publicly funded, accessible, affordable and quality childcare system. Michael was also Co-Chair of the CUPE BC Community Social Services Committee and Co-Chaired the first Community Social Services Sectoral Conference. Michael bargained in every single round of Community Social Services negotiations on behalf of CUPE members throughout British Columbia since the 1998-99 round of provincial bargaining. He also negotiated several “stand-alone” Collective Agreements on behalf of members within our Local. In his many years as a 3999 and 1936 member and President, Michael advocated on behalf of members in grievance meetings and membership meetings, achieving positive results. Michael was famous for his IT abilities and created and maintained the CUPE Local 1936 website, and advanced Community Social Service and Childcare issues through social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. Michael also had a passion for photography and everywhere he went, he was the guy behind the camera recording events for posterity.

It is impossible to capture in this brief synopsis, the breadth of Michael’s activism and of his life. There is so much more that could be said here about Michael. Michael was a true “jack of all trades”. Most importantly, Michael is best remembered for his kindness and for his loyalty. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed and was a tremendous role model for all of us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family and friends during this difficult period. We will keep you informed of dates and times in which Michael’s life will be honoured and celebrated.

Should you require any assistance with union related business, please call the CUPE Local 1936 office at 604-522-8445 or email Sheryl Burns, the Local Vice-President at Should you have any administrative related issues, please feel free to contact Bernice Way, the Local Treasurer at

With deepest condolences,
Sheryl Burns, Vice-President and Bernice Way, Treasurer of CUPE Local 1936