Welcome to CUPE 917

UVic works…because we do.

CUPE 917 represents over 1000 staff members working at the University of Victoria. We are the trades workers, grounds workers, security officers, facility attendants, equipment operators, janitorial workers, maintenance workers, food service workers, house-workers, and utility drivers that keep UVic running smoothly. We are often referred to as the “Outside Workers” at UVic.

We provide daily support and services to help the students, staff and faculty to be able to achieve their goals.



April 5th, 2020

Hello CUPE 917 Members

As we all navigate through these very trying times, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all the hard work that each person has done to keep our local a very important and positive contributing  factor to the operations of the University of Victoria.
Communication with our members is very important and as we can all appreciate during this time it is also quite difficult. Please check the CUPE 917 home page for information you can also check with the universities webpage for their updates as well.

In the last few days we have sent out an information package to all the email addresses we have available informing all members of a ratification vote. There may be some of you who did not receive this for various reasons but I assure you we did the best possible job we could to get this information out to everyone with the resources available to the local.

I am pleased to announce that we have successfully ratified our collective agreement. Thank you to all who were able to take part in on our first ever online vote as it was our best turnout the locals ever had.

Again I’d like to thank you all and ask that you take care of each other as we move forward through these ever changing times

COVID-19 Update


Local 917 has been working with the employer to try and get clarification as to what the next steps are. Please check the University of Victoria’s website for the latest updates as they come out as these statements will be the most up to date information available. 

We will be in touch with the employer to get an answer as to what the next few weeks look like as these are very trying times and we appreciate your patience in this matter but be assured we only want to share factual and useful information with our members.

The union did sign a letter of agreement with the University about wages, time off and procedures surrounding the COVID-19 scenario.

The letter of agreement states that the University will support the direction of the Provincial Medical Health Office, also states that employees requiring self isolation because of COVID-19 contact, or off work experiencing symptoms will continue to receive pay. The Letter of Agreement can be found here.

While it is an ever-changing situation by the hour, the most up to date information is located on the UVIC page such as any notices on how Campus is affected and the Staff FAQ page for more information. 

Please feel free to ask union questions or concerns that aren’t covered by the UVIC FAQ page to our contact@cupe917.ca email.


In Solidarity

Byron Spiers President of CUPE 917