CUPE Local 2626 has made a commitment to go green. The Local executive has formed a union environment committee. CUPE Local 2626 represents university workers at the University of Ottawa.
Local President Vinay Mulgundmath said the leadership of CUPE Local 2626 “wants to make our Local the greenest in the country so it can be a model for other CUPE Locals that want to green their operations.”
CUPE Local 2626 has committed to holding paperless meetings and banning bottled water at their meetings and events. CUPE 2626 has also been selected by the Ontario University Workers Co-ordination Committee to promote a ban on bottled water on university campuses.
The Local will soon be meeting with its employer, the University of Ottawa, to let the employer know of the Local’s push to go green. Brother Mulgundmath expects, for example, that the Local will pursue green contract language provisions in upcoming rounds of bargaining.
Brother Mulgundmath added that the Local drew on the environmental resources provided by CUPE National (for example, Healthy, Clean & GREEN – A Workers’ Action Guide to a Greener Workplace and the online Eco-audit) to assist with the formation of the environmental committee and to measure the environmental performance of the Local.