Aug 272014

Graduate Unit 1 (TA and RAs in lieu) members: CLICK HERE for six things you need to know about the upcoming payroll changes and your TA/RA (in lieu)!  

Did you know that the upcoming payroll changes will change how you receive your TA/RA (in lieu) pay and may change how you pay your dental coverage premiums?

Make sure to check out our “Six things you need to know…” flyer posted above, and visit the section of our website dedicated to TAs and the MOSAIC payroll changes:  The site has specific and useful information that could help you avoid unpleasant surprises (such as disruptions to your dental coverage) as the academic year progresses.

Also, don’t forget about the change of coverage deadlines (i.e., OPT OUT and FAMILY ENROLLMENT deadlines) for your dental benefits!  Forms must be in by September 8th, 2014, for your change of status to take effect retroactive to September 1st, 2014, or by September 30th, 2014 to have the changes take effect for October 1st, 2014.  For forms and information about OPTING OUT of or ENROLLING FAMILY MEMBERS into CUPE dental coverage, please CLICK HERE.

*NEW!* Click here for the School of Graduate Studies’ Payroll schedule for Graduate TAs and RAs (in lieu).

*NEW!Click here for the School of Graduate Studies’ Scholarship Payment schedule for Graduate Students.

And don’t forget to check out our new TA/RA (in lieu) Hours of Work Tracking form by clicking here!

Sep 162014

CUPE Local 3906 is proud to announce the winner of our 2014 Mike Skinner Activist Award: Dr. Brock Dubbels.  Brock is a post-doctoral fellow (Unit 3 member) working in the Department of Computing and Software.

Brock won the award for his role in launching Hamilton’s first ever “CoderDojo”.  CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.  At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught by volunteers, and also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software.  For more information, click here.

The Mike Skinner Activist Award is presented annually to a CUPE 3906 member who plays an active role in improving the local community in a variety of ways, including fighting for social justice issues, environmental protection, and community organizing, education and/or solidarity.   It is named after Mike Skinner, a former business agent for CUPE 3906 and longtime social activist in the Hamilton community.

Congratulations Brock!!!!

Aug 282014

Members and friends of CUPE 3906:

You are invited to join us on September 1st for a fun-filled and family-friendly parade and barbeque! This annual event is hosted by the Hamilton & District Labour Council and will take place rain or shine.

If you are interested in marching in the parade, please meet us at the corner of York Blvd and Pearl Street at 10am. Look for the black and white CUPE 3906 flags! The parade starts at 10:30 am sharp!

The picnic/barbeque will begin immediately following the parade (approximately 12pm). Please see the map for the location of our picnic area in Dundurn Park.

We will be providing FREE FOOD AND DRINKS to all who join us!

We hope you can join us on this day of celebration and solidarity!

Date : Sept 1, 2014
Parade : York Blvd and Pearl Street, Hamilton at 10:00 AM
Picnic/Barbeque : Dundurn Park (600 York Boulevard, Hamilton), at 12:00 PM

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Jul 312014
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Dear Unit 1 Members,

Please see the latest correspondence from your President, Rebecca, regarding the impact of the upcoming MOSAIC payroll changes:


*NEW* To determine how your dental premiums will be deducted from your earnings, please visit

*NEW* For the CUPE 3906 ADMINISTRATOR’S MOSAIC LUNCHEON presentation please visit

*NEW* Also, check out our new flyer here: Unit 1 Benefits Booklet Insert Sept 2014

Past correspondence and ongoing updates on this topic can also be viewed at


Jul 292014

What’s not to love about free chocolate bars in the middle of a work day? 

What bars? Snickers, Mars, Kit Kat and other popular ones


When: Wednesday August 6th, from 10 am-1 pm

Where: Your building of course! We know you will be working (or at least trying to work ;) ) at that time

We will start at 10 am and move from building to building. Please join the Facebook event to get real-time updates on when we will be at your building

See you all on Wednesday!

Equity Action Committee, CUPE 3906