CUPE Equality Statement

Union 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.


Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek [AhhNishNahBeck]), Haudenosaunee [HoeDenayShowNay], Huron-Wendat, Attawandaron and Lunaapew [Luh-nay-PAY] Indigenous peoples.

This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and the London Township Purchase of 1796 also known as the London Treaty.

The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to our city are: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabek [AhhNishNahBeck]); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee [HoeDenayShowNay]); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Lunaapew [Luh-nay-PAY]).
We’re grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land – for thousands of years.

With a spirit of generosity and commitment to reconciliation, may we proceed [this evening] and as we move forward, with respect, peace and authenticity towards all our brothers and sisters and recognize our own responsibility in the stewardship of this land.

Executive and Stewards

2021-2022 Executive

President – Diana Szabo
Vice President – Kate Scarfe
Chief Steward – Heather McDonald
Treasurer – Cathy McLandress
Secretary – Natasha Fontenelle
EDI Member-at-Large – Nelson Rosales

Sergeant at Arms – Tammy Gilbert


  • Trustee (3 year) – Sherry Graham
  • Trustee (2 year) – Tracy Willems
  • Trustee (1 year) – Kevin Davidson


Heather McDonald (Chief Steward)
Rob Kearns
Jordan Richardson
Rachel Weisdorf

Museum London Executive

Unit Chair – Ross Bell
Steward – Kevin Zacher
Steward – Janette Cousins Ewan

Eldon House Executive

Unit Chair – Nikki Michienzi
Steward – Brenna Ardiel


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Nelson Rosales (chair)
  • Natasha Fontenelle
  • Cathy McLandress
  • Vanessa Rommens
  • Lana Winchester-Tucker

Grievance Committee (Stewards)

  • Heather McDonald (Chief Steward)
  • Rob Kearns
  • Jordan Richardson
  • Rachel Weisdorf

Health & Safety Committee

  • Anya Hleba (co-chair)
  • Sherry Lukings
  • Diana Szabo

Job Evaluation Committee

  • Jodi Lewis (co-chair)
  • Kate Scarfe
  • Tracy Willems
  • Colleen Amatruda (alternate)
  • Courtney Robinson (alternate)

Negotiating Committee (disbanded)

  • Kristen Caschera
  • Anita Christopher-McCallum
  • Jordan Richardson
  • Diana Szabo

Union-Management Committee

  • Heather McDonald
  • Cathy McLandress
  • Diana Szabo
  • Lana Winchester-Tucker

Volunteer Committee

  • Delaney Brown
  • Amanda de Oliveira Fogaça
  • Elaine Minc
  • Natalie Sparkman


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