CUPE 2278 Member
I first got involved in my union as a representative for my department. While I was growing up my mom was always involved in her union and this instilled in me an early understanding that unions are essential for ensuring workers’ rights in the workplace.
So I jumped at the chance to get involved in my own union when I came to UBC. I really liked the opportunities that being a rep afforded me – I got to learn more about our collective agreement, assist other students with issues that arose in the course of their TAships, and even attended the CUPE provincial convention.
Based on this positive experience I joined the union executive, which has been really great. My favourite part about being on the executive has been leading TA union orientations for new students, where they learn about the rights and responsibilities they have in the workplace.