Laura Snow was elected as President of the union one year ago. Laura notes, “As CEU President, I am proud to represent a Membership of almost 3000 dedicated professionals that work to improve workplace safety and provide support to injured workers all across British Columbia. Although newly elected to the role of President in November of 2019, I served the prior eight years as CEU Treasurer, and I have been involved with the Union in some capacity for almost 25 years.”
Toni Murray is currently serving her 2nd term as CEU Vice President. She has been with WCB for 25 years and a CEU representative for 23 years. Toni is Chair of the CEU Solidarity committee, Worker co-chair of our Joint Corporate OH&S committee, member of our joint Mental Health committee, member of our Constitution, Communication and Grievance Appeal committees; as well as a Provincial executive member of the BCGEU OH&S committee, BC Federation of Labour committee member and Executive member of the Fraser Valley Labour Council.
Toni actively represents members of the CEU in many ways; from assisting with collective agreement questions to representing them with management as well as being a Provincial Executive member of both the BCGEU and the BC Federation of Labour OH&S committees. She works for the health and safety of our membership and holds the employer accountable for their decisions and actions in our workplace. Toni was also a part of the 2019 bargaining team that was successful in making substantial collective agreement gains.
There is an amazing diversity of many voices in our CEU membership. Together we are stronger.
I have been:
- a CEU member since January 2000;
- a CEU Shop Steward 2006 – 2011;
- a CEU Executive Director 2011 – 2019; and
- a CEU Treasurer 2019 – Current.
In that time, we have grown our membership; defended our Collective Agreement rights; and made successive gains.
I continue to serve as a member on the:
- Joint Workload Committee;
- Joint Mental Health Committee; and
- Joint CEU/WCB WES/Claims Committee
I have twice served on the Bargaining Committee and achieved gains in our 2014 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 Collective Agreements.
As CEU Treasurer, I am Chairperson of both:
- the Finance Committee – preparing and monitoring the annual operational budget of your union; and
- the Investment Committee – ensuring your Surplus and Defense Funds are prudently invested.
With a heart of service to you, I embrace the fiduciary responsibility of being entrusted with the care of your CEU funds and property with a view to continually financially strengthen us in the years to come.
Chair, Shop Stewards
In the eight years Debbie has been active within the CEU, she has dedicated herself to mastering a wide variety of roles—from her start as Shop Steward, to CEU Secretary, to her current role as Chair, Shop Stewards.
Debbie represents the Steward concerns at the executive table, and is part of the team planning education and seminars, interacting with stewards on a daily basis. Debbie is a busy Steward herself, representing many members, including on a number of serious issues.
Debbie has served on many committees, including the Joint Mental Health Committee, the CEU/WES committee, and CEU co-chair on the EFAP committee. She works closely with Human Resources, Labour Relations and CEU Business Reps to ensure member rights are protected.
Adam began his Information Technology career at WCB in 1999. He became a Shop Steward in 2007 and a CEU Director in 2012 because he wanted to make a difference.
Over the past 13 years, he has continued to promote a healthy, positive and safe workplace with honesty, transparency and fairness for all. Having negotiated many disciplinary and non- disciplinary matters, Adam has earned the respect as a credible voice with management, human resources and staff alike.
“I believe all members deserve to be heard and receive fair and equal treatment.”
Since 2014, I have actively participated in CEU’s affairs and represented our membership in roles as Shop Steward, Chair of Shop Stewards, Investment Committee member, Joint Diversity & Corporate OHS Committee member, Subject-matter-guide for attendance-related absences, Sergeant-at-Arms, Secretary, and Member-at-large for 2014 – 2019 Collective Agreement bargaining.
Before WSBC, I spent a decade successfully in the financial services industry and obtained my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Organizational Behaviour and Strategic Management. I have also obtained a certificate in Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) which is the gold standard in Canada for process improvement and contract related matters.
For the past 21 months serving as CEU’s Secretary, I was instrumental in transforming CEU’s in-person operations of AGM/Elections/Shop Steward Seminars to virtual settings during the COVID pandemic ensuring business continuity for CEU. Working closely with CEU’s Treasurer in our Investment Committee, I have also demonstrated my acumen in financial services and assisted with investment policy revisions to ensure appropriate governance and continuing financial strength in the years to come.
As we are heading into the next round of bargaining, there are enormous opportunities in work-from-home, workload, engagement, and training that our membership is looking for CEU to further advance. I have been and will continue to be a strong, passionate voice for our membership. With my education and proven track records in Union management, I appreciate your support so I can continue to serve and make a lasting positive impact to CEU on your behalf.
Kerry-Ann began her career in 1988 at WCB and today serves as a Client Service Representative in Teleclaims.
Kerry-Ann’s interest in Union activities began when she participated in the 1989 CEU Collective Agreement Strike. She became a Shop Steward in 2016 and was elected as a CEU Director in 2020.
She is an active and strong steward who is well organized, reliable and hard working, who works well on a team and is dedicated to the CEU membership.
Kerry-Ann has participated in the following:
- Day of Mourning events;
- CEU anniversaries, Barbeques and events;
- Corporate Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee- Worker Rep;
- Assisted the Chair of Shop Stewards planning conference activities;
- Assisted the balloting committee;
- Assisted with ratification votes.
Kerry-Ann has had the privilege to represent the CEU membership at various levels. It is important to her to listen to, represent and fight hard for all CEU members. She has a lot to offer and recognizes this as her opportunity to step up and increase her involvement in representing the membership at the CEU executive table.
James was hired as a Case Manager in the Victoria Office in 2004 and shortly after became involved with the CEU as a Shop Steward. Prior to WCB, James was a Director of another Union, with experience in contract negotiation, communication strategies, and pension work.
As a Steward, James focussed attention on the issues in the Victoria office including workload, culture, and leadership as well as advocating for members through grievance with the employer and workplace mediations.
From 2005 to 2020, James worked with the WCB Superannuation Plan. First as CEU Observer and then Trustee/Pension Committee representing members in the Plan in 2008. James was also part of the Collective Agreement Team in 2019, and became a new Director in 2020. James and his family all live in beautiful Victoria BC.
Paul Bergin has been with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) as a Prevention Officer for over 12 years. His passion and commitment to worker safety was the driving force in his decision to become more active with the Compensation Employees’ Union (CEU). A shop steward since 2011, Paul was elected to the executive as a Director in 2014.
As Director, Paul represents the CEU and its members on multiple committees internally and externally. He serves on the Corporate Joint Health and Safety Committee, the CEU/Prevention Committee, and the Grievance Appeal Committee. He also represents the CEU on the BC Federation of Labour OHS Standing Committee, working alongside other health and safety labour professionals from provincial and federal unions within BC.
Paul is committed to ensuring that workers’ rights, as well as their health and safety, are protected…and that the CEU continues to have the best collective agreement in the public sector, with a respectful and working relationship with the employer.