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 302014

CUPE Local 3906 will be holding our first General Membership Meeting, or GMM, of the academic year on Monday, October 6th, at 5:00 in Life Sciences Building, room B130-E.  Free pizza and drinks will be served at 5:00, and the meeting will get under way at 5:30.  The GMM is the highest decision making body of the union, and is an important way to be involved in your union.  The main agenda item on Monday night will be the adoption of the a yearly budget.  It will allow you to see how the local is spending its money, and members will have the opportunity to  add, delete, amend, and ultimately vote on this budget.

Following this meeting, the local will be hosting an Employment Insurance (EI) information session for all members.  The session will help to wlak you through the ins and outs of applying for EI.

We hope to see you there!

Sep 302014

One of our stewards recently attended the 2014 Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions (CGEU) conference.  The CGEU (link to facebook page) brings together graduate student unions across North America to discuss common issues of concern and share strategies and best-practice when dealing with university administrators.

The conference attendees amended and adopted a Constitution (CGEU Constitution 2014-08-02) for their member unions, such as ours, to ratify.  Our executive has recommended we bring this to membership to vote on at our upcoming executive meeting on October 6th.

We think that this is a great opportunity for CUPE Local 3906 to become a founding member of the CGEU.

Sep 222014

This past Friday, a few of our executive members attended a Save Door to Door Mail Delivery rally in Toronto.  Here is a picture of our two Vice Presidents (Caroline and Evan) with CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.  More information about why it is important to Save Canada Post can be found here.

3906 and Fred



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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