June General Membership Meeting

Thank you to the 39 members whom attended our June general membership meeting. Every June we have elections. Congratulations to all our current Executives who were acclaimed and to our Executives who are taking on new roles. Without these members stepping up our union wouldn’t be able to function.

The following are the elected / acclaimed members from last nights election.

President – Mike Eckert, H&CCSS VP – Patsy Ruigrok, City Grievance Chair – Debra Schiedel, H&CCSS Members at Large – Pat Jones, James Hilborn , Recording Secretary – Siobhan Delaney, City Member at Large – Marc Hilker.

Hope everyone has a safe summer and see everyone at our next  GMM  September 14, 2021.

February General Membership Meeting

We had over 30 members attend our virtual online GMM last night which is great. Both the LHIN and City of Kitchener will be in negotiation this year. For City of Kitchener members a survey for bargaining will be sent out this week to members who have given us their personal email, so please look out for that.

Congrats to the 5 members who won our monthly draw at our meeting. Hope to see you all and more at the next general membership meeting March 9th.

In Solidarity.

CUPE 791 Executives

December GMM / Christmas Party Alternative

Thank you to all whom attended our GMM last night. We had over 30 members attend and were able to pass our budget for 2021.Hoping 2021 is nothing like 2020. We also passed a motion for Temporary CUPE 791 members to begin attending our GMM’s so it would be nice see a few in January.

Reminder about the Christmas Party alternative on the 9th, 10th, 14th, & 15th 11:00am-6:00pm. Emails did go out to all members with the particulars.

We hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Holidays and we will see you in January.

In Solidarity.

CUPE 791 Executives

October GMM – Elections

Thank you to all the members who participated in our virtual GMM last night. We were able to conduct our elections that had been delayed due to COVID since June.

The following are the the members whom accepted the positions:


VP City – Shannon Thomson

Treasurer  – Scott Gibson

LHIN Grievance Chair – Aimee Prouxl

Membership Officer – Lynann McNulty

Members at Large – Catherine Valente

                                    – Debra Schiedel

                                     – James Hilborn

                                    – Pat Jones

Trustees  – Michele Boegli -3yr

                 – James Hilborn – 2yr

Thank you to all whom accepted the nomination and the positions. Without members stepping up this union could not function. Best of luck on your positions.


Mike Eckert

President, CUPE 791

September GMM

We had our 1st Zoom GMM on Tuesday Sept 29th. 28 members attended which was great. There were a few technical hiccups but we managed to get through them with a few laughs.
Nominations for our elections did occur at the meeting. Elections were scheduled in June but due to COVID they were delayed. Cupe National did agree to let us postpone them but we now need to have the elections at our October GMM. Nominations can still be made at the meeting before elections begin.
Hope to see everyone there.

In Solidarity,

Mike Eckert

President, CUPE 791

CUPE 791 Reusable Masks

The reusable masks have now arrived that we had ordered. It does appear that the use of masks will continue in the Region and I can attest it’s always handy to have extra ones around.

Starting Tuesday September 8th for City of Kitchener members you can reach out to Marc Hilker at the KOF or Scott Gibson at City Hall to pick up a few. We did order enough for up to 4 for each member for themselves or to share with family.

Since most of our LHIN members are currently working from home we are still figuring out the best way to get masks to those who want them.

Stay safe,

Mike Eckert

President, CUPE 791

CUPE 791 Kitchener Ratification

The Bargaining Committee is happy to announce that our contract has been ratified by the membership. We want to thank everyone who was able to attend the meeting.

We had over 251 members vote on the contract. That by far is the most votes ever casted by Cupe791 membership for ratification.

I do want to remind everyone that until the Corporation ratifies the contract we are not to share details of the contract publicly. That includes your Management. That should happen on September 14th.

In Solidarity,
Mike Eckert 

President, CUPE 791

Ratification Meeting Tonight

Just a reminder To CUPE 791 Kitchener members that we have our online Zoom ratification meeting tonight at 6pm followed by a 24 hr window to place your vote online. A reminder email was sent to all members yesterday.
Hope everyone can attend.  Due to COVID this was a difficult time to negotiate but the Bargaining Committee feels this is a good contract for our members and are happy to be able to present it tonight to the membership.

In Solidarity,

Mike Eckert

President, CUPE 791




As the COVID-19 pandemic continues there does seem to be a turn in the right direction.

As everyone is aware we had to cancel our last 3 general membership meetings. Due to that we did not have our June elections. Now that our Region has moved in to stage 3 of re-opening we are very hopeful we can resume meetings in September and hopefully have our elections in October.  When we can confirm those details we let everyone know.

With the surrounding Regions now having mandatory face mask requirement we are in the process of purchasing reusable masks for our members. When they arrive we will try to figure out how best to get them to our members who would like them.

Again we want to take this time to thank all our members for continuing all their hard work and sometimes thankless work that the members of the public rely on us for.

If COVID-19 had shown us anything is how vitally important PUBLIC SERVICES are to the community.

Stay Safe, Stay Strong,

In Solidarity,
Mike Eckert

President, CUPE 791