Joie Warnock has served in the role of Western Director since the spring of 2014.
She began her union activism at Unifor Local 2000, the Media Union of BC, as a shop steward. She went on to serve in several roles at the Local: as Shop Stewards Chair, Organizing Committee Chair, on the Pay Equity Committee, the Finance Committee, the Bargaining Committee, as Local Secretary, and as Vice President.
In her capacity as a Table Officer she played an important leadership role in bringing the Local into the former CEP from a U.S.-based union.
Joie became a National Representative for CEP in 1996. She has broad experience negotiating, servicing, and organizing in our union and working with members in many sectors.
Joie has had special assignments as a director of the BC Federation of Labour where her portfolios included the Apprenticeship and Skills Training Working Group, Women’s Rights, and Community and Social Action.
Her activism includes a lifetime of political action, working on political campaigns in East Vancouver since she was a young girl. Her start in worker solidarity was leafleting her neighbourhood Safeway store in support of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ grape boycott.
She is currently a vice president of both the Alberta and Saskatchewan Federations of Labour. She represents BC private sector unions on the Joint Advisory Committee of the BC Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau.