Mar 022015

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Mar 022015

A conference organized by the CUPE 3906 Political Action Committee

Date: March 17th, 2015
Time: 9 – 5pm
Location: MUSC 318


  • Rita Samson, Educational Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission


  • Dr Rachel McKinnon, philosophy professor and trans activist

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.

(Click here to download a PDF version)

9:00 – 9:30: Registration and Introductions
Refreshments will be provided*

9:30 – 10:00: “Sexual Harassment in the Law: A Critique of Court Decisions”
Regina Taptich, McMaster University

10:00 – 10:30: “Embodied Practices of Consent”
Niomi Cherney, University of Toronto

10:30 – 11:00: “The Violent Injustice of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”
Parisa Samet, Ryerson University

11:00 – 11:30: “Academic Sexual Harassment: A Symptom of Patriarchal Norms”
Beverly Anger and Natalie Zip, McMaster University

11:30 – 12:00: Panel: Sexual Harassment and the Experiences of Lesbian, Bi and Gender Nonconforming Women
Julia Emepy, McMaster University, Lynn , University of Toronto and Jyssika Russell, McMaster University

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
Provided free of charge by the conference organizers*

1:00 – 2:00: “The Intimacy of Ideas: Why is Sexual Harassment and Assault so Common in Philosophy?”
Sarah Kizuk, York University

2:00 – 2:30: “At the End of this Seminar, Your Entrails Will Be On the Floor: On Taking and Giving (Sexual) Abuse in Philosophy”
Dr. Maria Kulp, Notre Dame of Maryland

2:30 – 3:30: “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Academia”
Rita Samson, Public Education and Outreach Officer, Ontario Human Rights Commission

3:30 – 4:00: Break
Refreshments will be provided

4:00 – 5:00: Keynote: “Allies Behaving Badly”
Dr. Rachel McKinnon, Charleston College

Mar 022015
Dear 3906 members,

If you are interested in improving the wages, working conditions, and job security for the nearly 3,500 Teaching Assistants (and Research Assistants in lieu), Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Music Faculty, and Post-doctoral Fellows here at McMaster University, consider running for a position in your union — CUPE 3906!

At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on March 30 in (location TBA), all executive positions will be up for election. The executive consists of the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Vice President External
  • Secretary Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary
  • Chief Steward Unit 1
  • Chief Steward Unit 2
  • Chief Steward Unit 3
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Equity Officer
  • Benefits and Advocacy Officer
  • International Officer
  • Undergraduate Officer
For a description of each position, click here.

All members in good standing may be nominated. Members in good standing are those who are currently members of Local 3906 or who have been in the previous eight (8) months. For unit-specific positions (the three Chief Stewards), only members of that unit may be nominated. For all other positions, members of all three units may be nominated.

As our By-Laws further specify: “The Undergraduate Officer shall be an undergraduate member. The Equity Officer shall be a member of an ‘equity seeking group’ (ByLaws, Appendix B). The International Officer shall be a member who is classified as a non-Canadian citizen.”

Nomination forms are available in the CUPE 3906 office, located in Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) B111. Nomination forms will be accepted until the day of the election. Members may also choose to nominate (or self-nominate) from the floor during the meeting. An electronic version of the form is available: Executive Nomination Form

The nomination, campaigning, and election of Executive Committee members is governed by the bylaws of CUPE 3906, available here. All terms are for 1 year.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Collins-Nelsen ( or Evan Johnston (
Feb 272015

Dear Members

The Equity Action Committee of CUPE 3906 is inviting you to a drop-in social event March 6, 12-4 pm, in KTH B111, in honour of the celebrations and struggles of International Women’s Day (March 8th), women and trans* workers everywhere, and in solidarity with IWD organizing on and off campus that week.

Light refreshments–including vegan/gluten-free cake–will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

: The Equity Action Committee of CUPE 3906