Office politics sink contract worker’s bid for permanent job

CUPE staffer picks the wrong campaign to support
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/09/2013

After backing the wrong horse in an internal union turf war, a contract worker lost out on a permanent job with the national public service union — which was well within its rights to turn her down, an arbitrator has decided.

However, the union was partly at fault too, for placing the would-be staffer in an untenable web of reporting relationships.

Valerie Dugale was a well-regarded communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning and running communications campaigns when she was hired on a temporary basis by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in October 2006 to work as a communications representative.