Jun 092014

Dear Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants in Lieu,

There will be major changes to payroll starting in September 2014.  Please read the letter from your President Rebecca Collins-Nelsen here: Unit 1 Changes to Payroll

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your Union at staff@cupe3906.org.

We don’t anticipate this having any impact on Sessional Faculty or PostDoctoral Fellows.

Jul 032014

Member mobilizer position notice 2014

Mobilizer Position: CUPE 3906

Title: Fall Mobilizer
Responsible to: Staff Supervisors CUPE 3906
Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Hours: 130 hours over the Fall term (September to December)
Applications closing date: Wednesday, July 16th
Start date: Monday, Sept. 8th
Wage Rate: $41.00 per hour

CUPE 3906 is looking for someone to do mobilizing work as part of the Stand Up For Fairness campaign – a coordinated lobbying effort aimed at engaging all members of CUPE 3906 in face-to-face conversations about union issues. The mobilizing work will consist of talking to academic workers on the McMaster University campus, with a focus on social mapping of departments and creating a database of member feedback based on one-on-one conversations. This position is only open to CUPE 3906 Members.

Job Description:

• Initiate face-to-face contact with workers to discuss current working conditions
• Initiate face-to-face contact with workers to discuss unions
• Social mapping of departments
• Recruiting and coordinating volunteers
• Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

• Interpersonal skills
• Ability to initiate one-on-one conversations with members
• Organizational skills
• Self-motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision
• Knowledge of union locals and unionized workplaces
• Knowledge of the academic sector
• Knowledge of CUPE 3906 collective agreements
• Experience on organizing drives, or union member mobilization an asset


• Resume
• Cover Letter – 1 page maximum
Please send cover letters and resumes to Marguerite Marlin at: chiefsteward_tas@cupe3906.org

CUPE 3906 is an equal opportunity employer; we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups. CUPE 3906 is governed by our equity statement, as outlined on our website at: www.cupe3906.org/wordpress/equity-statement

*While we encourage all CUPE 3906 members to apply, we offer Unit 1 members (TAs and RAs-in-lieu) the option to “book off” or defer their teaching assistantships over the Fall term in respect of this position.

Jun 162014

Dear Members,

CUPE 3906 is having a General Membership Meeting on June 26!

When: Thursday, June 26th, 5:30pm.  Pizza will be there at 5:00.

Where: KTH B104 (near the CUPE office!).

The Agenda is as follows:

Call to Order


  • Update on Mosaic Changes to Payroll impacting Unit 1 (Question and Answer Period)


  • Vice President External
  • Delegate to Coalition of Graduate Student Employees Conference (2 positions to be elected)

Arising from Last Meeting

  • Solidarity Pact for the OUWCC
  • Motion for the Stand Up for Fairness Forum
  • Send letter congratulating newly elected CLC President

New Business

  • Motion: Creation of a Book off position for the fall
  • To Fund an Administrators Lunch for Payroll Changes

We hope to see you there. If you have any questions feel free to direct them to the vicepresident@cupe3906.org.

CUPE 3906 will also reimburse any childcare expenses need to attend the meeting. For more details please contact staff@cupe3906.org.


Jun 102014

Retirement security is a growing, Canada-wide problem. Over 11 million Canadian workers are without workplace pension plans. Study after study shows that Canadian workers can’t afford to save enough for retirement. Unless things change, baby boomers and future generations are facing serious declines in living standards upon retirement.

All Canadians deserve to retire with dignity. A gradual and modest expansion of the Canada Pension Plan is the best way to ensure retirement security for Canadians.

We are at a critical moment in the campaign to increase CPP benefits. Polling shows that most Canadians support CPP expansion.

Please join us and tell Canada’s Finance Ministers to:

1) Support the Canadian Labour Congress’s proposal to double Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits to ensure a better minimum pension for all Canadians. The CPP replacement rate would double from 25 per cent to 50 per cent, which would push maximum payments to $24,000 per year and average payments to $12,600 per year.

2) Ask the federal government not to stand in the way of the provisions of the Canada Pension Plan legislation, which states that 2/3 of the provinces representing 2/3 of the Canadian population can approve amendments to the plan.

3) Refuse any delay or limits on when improvements will come into effect or who will have access to improved CPP.

Please refer to this link for more information.

May 282014

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From Students to Workers: A Participatory Forum on Empowering our Communities


In this election, workers have been threatened with 100,00 job losses, so-called “right-to-work” laws, and massive cuts to social spending. But why? Join us for a panel and break-out discussion on the positive role that the unity of working people can play in our workplaces and in our communities. As students and workers, let’s talk about how we can empower our communities and fight for the benefit of people everywhere.


PAM FRACHE, Activist with the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage and Contract Instructor at Brock University’s Centre for Labour Studies
DAVID GOUTOR, Assistant Professor in the Department of Labour Studies, McMaster University
DENISE MARTINS, Vice President (Young Workers), Ontario Federation of Labour

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AN Bourns Science Building (ABB), Room 273
Food and refreshments will be provided.

Organized by CUPE 3906

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