East London Soccer Club – End of season BBQ


As per a motion made at the April General Membership Meeting, the local has provided financial support for the East London Soccer Club end of season tournament being held Saturday August 10, 2019 at St. Julien Park (15 Tommy Hunter Way).
This is a great opportunity for CUPE 4222 members to volunteer their time and gain public recognition and support within the community ahead of negotiations. Interested members will assist at the food tent working the BBQ, handing out beverages and socializing with families while sporting our CUPE T-shirts proudly!
If you’re able to volunteer for a few hours (or the whole day) please contact the office at 519.453.4222 or email: secretarycupe4222@gmail.com.
We will meet at the park beginning at 9 am!

Results of Elections:


2019-2021 CUPE 4222 Executive Board

President – Victoria Toulouse

Vice – President – Blair Thomas

Chief Steward – Joanne Dowswell

Secretary – Melissa Bakker

Financial Officer – VACANT: Nominations to be held September 21, 2019

Unit A Vice – President – Charlie Price

Unit A Deputy Chief Steward – Charlie Price

Unit B Vice – President – Erica Ross

Unit B Deputy Chief Steward – Wendy Tunks

Unit D Vice – President – Rebecca Graham

Unit D Deputy Chief Steward – VACANT: Nominations to be held September 21, 2019

Sergeant-at-Arms – Lynda Cooper

** Contact information for Executive members can be found under the ‘About Us’ tab **

As always you can contact the office at 519.453.4222 with any questions, concerns or inquiries

2019 Election Nominees


Please review the 2019 Nominees for Election as determined at the May General Membership Meeting

June 2019 Election Nominees

Save the Date: Elections for Executive positions and Committees will occur on Saturday June 8, 2019 at Montcalm Secondary School beginning at 9:30 am. You must be present to vote.

The June General Membership Meeting will follow immediately after Elections.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate


As part of 2017-2019 extension agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ministry of Education provided funding for professional development.  These funds must be utilized before August 2019.  Providing Mental Health First Aid Certificate training has been identified as an ideal personal and professional learning opportunity for CUPE employees. Hence, CUPE4222 and the Board have agreed to use available funds to provide this training.
Why Mental Health First Aid? 
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point during their life. Early detection and treatment leads to better outcomes. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a 12-hour course from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mental Health First Aid course gives you the skills you need to provide that early help, that first line of support which is critical for recovery. Just as a physical aid is administered to an injured person, MHFA teaches you how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Course Description: MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.
What do CUPE 4222 Employees who have taken the course say about it?
·       Great course.
·       The format was very good – group work, good discussions, good examples.
·       Excellent course and lots was learned.
·       I am glad I decided to take the Mental Health First Aid training. 10/10
·       This was a very great course. I am so happy I was able to be a part of.
·       Very good course. I learned a lot and it was delivered very well.
When is the next opportunity to take Mental Health First Aid Training? 
1.       July 8 – 9, 2019  Location: Education Centre 1250 Dundas Street
2.       July 15 – 16, 2019  Location: Education Centre 1250 Dundas Street
This is supported by all custodial and maintenance managers as well as HR admin.If you are not receiving support from your supervisor please contact the office at 519.453.4222.
How can you register for the session? 
Logging in through the Employee Portal > Conference/Session Registrations> “Mental Health First Aid Basic Certification CUPE 4222 ONLY”.  CUPE 4222 staff who are working in July and interested to participating in this opportunity, are requested to discuss with their supervisor, before registering.
Please contact Alexander Legwegoh at 519.452.2000 ext. 20263 or Charlene Hofbauer at 519.452.2000 ext. 20506.

Stand up against cuts to Education –



Join members from CUPE 4222, CUPE 7575, ETFO, TVOT and OSSTF

Wednesday May 15, 2019
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Monte McNaughton, MPP – Strathroy Office
81 Front Street West
Strathroy, ON

Let Monte McNaughton know we will not accept the
devastating CUTS TO EDUCATION! #NoCutsToEducation

CUPE 4222 Rally


Join CUPE 4222
Tuesday April 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
CASO Station, 750 Talbot Street
St. Thomas Ontario

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli will be providing a keynote address to the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce after the release of the 2019 Ontario Budget


Stand up for cuts to Education, Health Care, Social Services, Senior care, Post Secondary funding, Affordable childcare – we’re all in this fight together!


Please share this information widely

How to save money on your Home and Auto Insurance


How to Save Money on Your Home and Auto Insurance
It’s important to have enough coverage on your home and auto policies so you can get back to where you started in the event of a total loss – but that doesn’t mean you should be paying more than you have to. There are a number of factors than can reduce the cost of your insurance, some of which could save you hundreds of dollars.
Visit www.otipinsurance.com/article37 to discover home and auto insurance savings and discount options that you may be eligible for.

April 28: Day of Mourning Events


On April 28, we recognize the National Day of Mourning for workers injured, killed or made ill because of uncontrolled workplace hazards.
The Workers Health & Safety Centre along with area Labour Councils have been organizing events.
See below for details of events in your area:
London & District Labour Council Day of Mourning
Sunday April 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
380 Adelaide Street North, London
Oxford Regional Labour Council
Sunday April 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Dewan Park Memorial, Corner of Thames Street South and Charles Street West, Ingersoll
St. Thomas & District Labour Council Day of Mourning
Sunday April 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Pinafore Park 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas