Apr 142015



Nora Loreto is a writer, musician and activist based in Québec City. She is the author of From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement and is the editor of the rabble.ca series Up! Canadian Labour Rising.

The event will take place at 5:30pm on Monday, April 20. The event will be held in MUSC 313 .
Nora will be speaking on the topic of breaking down intergenerational barriers in the labour movement.
Apr 082015

The Access & Equity Office at City Hall is presenting the “Road to Justice” exhibit, which will be displayed at City Hall from April 1 – 30.  This exhibit details the legislated racism experienced by the Chinese community in Canada.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, we will be hosting two educational workshop sessions from 10 – 11 a.m. and from 1 – 2 p.m. at Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, which will discuss legislated racism in Canada and social activism within the Chinese community.

Apr 072015

Here is your executive committee for CUPE Local 3906 for the 2015-16 year.  Some new faces are joining an experienced executive to continue to provide close to 3 500 members with excellent service, advocacy and representation. We’re also proud of the diversity on our executive committee.

President- Evan Johnston
Vice President- Rebecca Collins-Nelsen
Vice President External- Ryan Sparrow
Secretary Treasurer- Herman Poon
Recording Secretary- Naim Tajavpour
Chief Steward Unit 1- Kevin Barnhorst
Chief Steward Unit 2- Barb Bloemhof
Chief Steward Unit 3- (currently vacant)
Health and Safety Officer- Samira Farivar
Equity Officer- Chandra Kavanagh
Benefits and Advocacy Officer- Sathish Pichika
International Officer- Darko Ljubic
Undergraduate Officer- Jennifer Tang

Apr 072015

Congratulations to Ismael Traore, a Unit 2 (sessional faculty member) in Sociology, and the winner of the 2014-15 Mike Skinner Activist Award.  The award is given annually to a CUPE 3906 member who displays progressive activism on social justice issues in the broader community, and is named after Mike Skinner, a former long-time staff representative with Local 3906.

Ismael has played a major role in Black, Brown and Red Lives Matter, a social movement that deals with race and police interaction in the Hamilton area.

Congratulations for all of your hard-work.




Apr 072015

Congratulations to our 2014-15 Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant Award winners: Duha Al-Sajee (Health Sciences), Ali Mohammad Rabea (Engineering), Madeline Mant (Social Sciences), Sepideh Ebrahimi (DeGroote School of Business), and Natashya Wall (Science).  Thanks for all of the hard-work and dedication to your students.

These awards are determined based on nominations from both students and the professors that our TAs work for.  Further evidence the McMaster works because we do!

Pictured below are Madeline, Duha, and Sepideh.