Local 523 ONLINE NEW MEMBER Application and Beneficiary Form

Please fill out this form if you are New to CUPE Local 523 and wish to apply.

PRINTABLE Member Application and Beneficiary Form – PDF version

UPDATE Your Beneficiary Information

Please complete this form if you wish to update your Beneficiary Information.


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

EXPENSE Form 2023/2024

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

the Secretary-Treasurer at: CUPE Local 523   #101 – 416 Westminster Ave. W. Penticton, BC, V2A 1K5


April 08, 2024

Dear Members of CUPE 523;

Cupe 523 would like to invite all retiring, or soon to be retiring members to attend the Retirement Seminar for 2024.

Retirement is a big deal and so are you! We would like to offer education that helps members prepare for, feel confident in, and ultimately perfect the art of retirement.

The location of this year’s seminar will be Penticton. Any further information regarding this location can be directed to your Unit Chair or to


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.