Local 523 Member Application Form

Please fill out this form to apply to CUPE or if you need to update your personal information.

Book Off Form

Complete this form if you are taking any union time (Hours or days).

Expense Form 2022/2023

Please print and fill out the Expense form with full details and receipts, then forward it to the Secretary-Treasurer at:

CUPE Local523 #101 – 416 Westminster Ave. W. Penticton, BC, V2A 1K5

Update Your Beneficiary

Please complete this form to name or update the information of your Beneficiary.


April 14, 2023

Dear Members of CUPE 523;

Exciting news: after a long pandemic hiatus, we are once again able to offer in-person retirement seminars.  This spring, two seminars will be held within our unit.  One will be held in Penticton to serve the members of SD67 and SD53, and the other will be held in Salmon Arm to serve the members of SD83.

Penticton: Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th at the IMC (soon to be the Siya Center!)

Salmon Arm: Wednesday May 17th and Thursday, May 18th (location to be determined.)

At the bottom of this letter, you will find a link for a registration form.  Please follow the link and register if you are interested. Please be aware that the initial response to this seminar has been quite large, and there are only so many spaces available, as per the instructor.  As a result of this, please trust that another seminar will be held in the fall, most likely in early October.

If either seminar has more interest than spaces, spots will be given according to seniority. Further to that, if the seminar in the south fills up, but there is a space in the north, you will have the option to travel to Salmon Arm and attend that one if you choose or vice versa. (Mileage, meals, and hotel are paid for in this case.) The seminars will be 2 full days, and the exact hours will be shared when they are confirmed.

Lunch and coffee / snacks will be provided at the seminars.

Retirement is a big deal! For that reason, the seminars will be open if you want to bring your spouse with you so you can learn and plan together.  Please, only register a spouse if they can attend both full days with you.

The deadline to register for the May seminars will be April 28th so please don’t delay.




Charlene Turnbull, Unit Chair SD 53

Terri Phillips, Unit Chair SD 67

Courtney Thomson, Unit Chair SD 83



Local Retirement Seminar Application

Not available at this time, please check back.

Please fill out this form if you wish to register for the Local retirement seminar.

Some facts to know:

  • This seminar is open to the member and their spouse or significant other.
  • Wages are covered by both the union and employer (each pays one day)
  • Complete necessary leave form for your employer indicating “Retirement Seminar” under details.
  • If hotel accommodations are required this is booked and covered by the union.
  • Mileage is paid at $0.59 per kilometer
  • The cost of meals is covered by the union for the member only (please be sure that you put alcohol on a separate receipt). All receipts submitted must be itemized (debit and credit cards receipts are not acceptable)

Education Application Form

When CUPE 523 and other locals offer online workshops, all registrations must be done through the CUPE Local 523 Education Committee. Registration costs will only be covered by the Local when the registration is approved by the Local’s Education Committee.  If a member chooses to register themselves without the approval of the Local, the member will be responsible for all costs associated with the workshop. Registration can be done by following these steps:

  1. When a course is listed on the CUPE BC website, a member may attend by contacting the Unit Chair or Education Committee Representative by email or phone (contact information is available on the CUPE 523 website) and informing them of the name, date and host local for the workshop.
  2. Complete the online education application located on our website at Education Application and email it to the Education Committee Representative.
  3. The Education Committee will make a decision on your application and will contact you by email or phone if approved. If the member is not successful in this application they may receive pre approval from the committee to register in the course when it is offered again. In this case the committee should be notified at the time of registration.
  4. When approved by the Education Committee you will be given instructions on how to proceed with registration.
  5. If a member is interested in attending a course that is currently not offered on the CUPE BC website, they may fill out an education application and submit it to the education committee. A list will be kept by the Education Committee Chair and the education committee will endeavor to provide an opportunity for either providing this course or collaborating with another local who is planning to provide the course. The member may be notified when the course becomes available. Alternatively, the member may receive pre approval to attend a course when it is made available and the member may register immediately and notify the education committee that they have done so.

Local 523 Bursary Application Form

Who is eligible?

• Students graduating this year whose parent or guardian is a CUPE 523 member is good standing. (This includes students graduating in January!)

• Students planning to attend trade or post-secondary school within 18 months from graduation.

What is being awarded?

• $400.00 bursary (to a maximum of $12,000 – bursaries are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so be sure to apply as soon as possible.)

How do I apply?

• The member must complete the application form here.

• Applications must be received by May 15 of your graduating year.


CUPE BC Scholarships

CUPE BC offers the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Memorial Scholarship to CUPE members, their spouses or their children at a level of four scholarships of $500.00 each.

*Please note – the application form will be posted after CUPE BC Convention.

The scholarships are named in memory of two longtime CUPE activists:

Aubrey Burton

Aubrey Burton was a CUPE Representative in the Kootenays during the 1960s. Before CUPE was formed, many locals hired Business Reps from within their ranks to represent them, and that was the case with Aubrey. He was a Trail Civic Worker but also worked for other Locals in the Kootenays. When CUPE was officially formed in 1963, he became a Staff Representative.

Along with fellow Staff Representative Peter Drieger, Aubrey serviced CUPE Locals throughout B.C. outside of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Together, Drieger and Burton were credited with organizing many small communities into CUPE and negotiating first agreements that contained no contracting-out language. Aubrey was killed in a car accident on the Upper Levels highway. He was working for CUPE at the time of his death.

Reg Ford

Reg Ford was President of CUPE 402 for several years in the late 1970s and early 80s. Also a Vice-President of CUPE BC, he was well known as a health and safety activist. Tragically, he was killed in an accident at his home while trimming a tree in his yard. Reg was very active in the labour movement at the time of his passing.