Upcoming General Membership Meeting and Unit 2 Notice to Bargain

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Dear Members,

The Union’s most significant decisions are made by Union members at General Membership Meetings (GMMs).

All CUPE 3906 members of all 3 units (TAs and RAs in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows) can attend regular GMMs and get involved in the Union’s decision making processes.

    Our next GMM will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd 12:00PM (Noon) in Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) B104

    Agenda items will include: approval of several new policies; announcement and presentation of TA Awards and the Mike Skinner Award; update on Unit 2 Bargaining; as well as the following elections:

  • Equity Officer

    We continue to canvass the membership for volunteers to get involved with Bargaining Support in anticipation of negotiations toward a new Collective Agreement for Unit 2 members, which have officially begun as of May 4th.

    As usual, there will be free lunch and childcare costs to attend the meeting can be reimbursed.

UNIT 2 Notice to Bargain 

Did you know?  CUPE 3906 President Graham Baker served Notice to Bargain for Our Unit 2 Sessional Faculty and Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty (HRSMF)!

We will be negotiating with the Employer throughout the summer months to improve conditions for Sessional Faculty and HRSMF here at McMaster, but we need your help!  If you are a Unit 2 member, please fill out our Bargaining Survey and attend our meetings to have your say about your Collective Agreement!  All members of the Union are welcome and encouraged to support and show solidarity with Sessional Faculty and HRSMF by joining the Bargaining Support Committee.  For more information, please contact staff@cupe3906.org or tjx@cupe3906.org.

 

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant (in lieu) Awards: Call for Nominations

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 TA/RA Awards nomination period is now open. Students, employment supervisors, or other TAs/RAs are encouraged to nominate Teaching or Research Assistants (in lieu) for the award. The award comes with a $200 honorarium and there will be a total of six awards given, one for each faculty.

Please submit nomination forms either to the CUPE 3906 office (Kenneth Taylor Hall B111) or via e-mail to chiefsteward_tas@cupe3906.org by April 30th, 2017. The awards will be given out at our May GMM (date TBA)!

CLICK HERE for the PDF NOMINATION FORM!

Annual General Membership Meeting

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Dear Members,

Our Annual General Membership Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. in MDCL 1110. 

Agenda Items Include:

-Annual Trustees’ Report;

-Annual Reports by Executive Committee Members, Political Action Committee, Equity Action Committee and Working Groups;

-Annual Election of Executive Committee;

-Annual Election of Trustee (3-year term).

Childcare costs can be reimbursed, and food will be provided.

Please contact president@cupe3906.org or staff@cupe3906.org for more information.

2017 Mike Skinner Activist Award

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

We are now accepting nominations for the annual CUPE 3906 MIKE SKINNER ACTIVIST AWARD!

The Mike Skinner Activist Award is a member-mandated award offered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3906 on an annual basis. Its title honours long-time labour activist and former CUPE 3906 Staff Member Mike Skinner.

The value of this year’s award is $500 to one person (or committee), an award certificate and an inscription on the Mike Skinner Activist Award plaque. This award is open to all current members of CUPE 3906 (this includes all Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly-Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows), andanyone who has been a member of the local within the past 12 months.

The nomination period for this award is from March 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2017.

If a suitable candidate has been active in your organization or department, or if you have seen a suitable candidate around campus or the in community, we invite you to nominate them for this award.

Specifically, the recipient of the Mike Skinner Activist Award may have been involved in the following possible issues over the course of their stay at McMaster University:

  • Fighting for social justice issues (these issues are diverse and can include environmental justice, labour solidarity, gender equality, equity issues, and the advancement of peace);
  • Promoting the welfare of humanity and the environment and the elimination of pain and suffering through acts of community organizing, education and/or solidarity.

This is not an exhaustive list, but includes a few common examples of the things that past award winners have been involved in and that the selection committee considers.

Please review the award criteria, and, when writing your letter of nomination and seeking supporting letters from others, include the nominee’s specific contributions. The main criteria are:

  • Impact of their service to the community;
  • Length and level of involvement or commitment of the nominee to their act of community service;
  • The dedication and courage of the nominee’s activism.

The selection committee is comprised of members of the CUPE 3906 executive and members-at-large. Members of the selection committee cannot nominate a candidate. Members of the selection committee who have personal ties with the nominees must yield their place to another member of the Executive or a CUPE member-at-large nominated by the members of the selection committee.

To download the nomination form, and for nomination instructions, please click here.

This year’s Activist Awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting on April 5th, 2017. We look forward to receiving your nomination of an amazing CUPE 3906 member activist.

Have questions? Email president@cupe3906.org or staff@cupe3906.org

 

Upcoming General Membership Meeting

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

   All CUPE 3906 members of all 3 units (TAs and RAs in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows) can attend regular GMMs and get involved in the Union’s decision making processes.

Our next GMM will be held on Monday, February 27th 5:00 P.M. in the Burke Science Building (BSB) 104

    Agenda items will include: motion to destroy Unit 1 and Unit 3 ratification vote ballots as per the Local’s by-laws; approval of a new policy on alcohol purchases; a motion to establish an honorarium for the Unit 2 Bargaining Support Chairperson(s) as well as the following elections:

  • Bylaws Committee Members
  • Health and Safety Representatives
  • Delegates to the Annual Convention of CUPE Ontario (4)
  • Delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention (2)

So there’s a lot to get through! In addition, we will be canvassing the membership for volunteers to get involved with Bargaining Support in anticipation of negotiations toward a new Collective Agreement for Unit 2 members, which will begin in earnest this summer.

As usual, there will be free pizza and childcare costs to attend the meeting can be reimbursed.

Have questions? Email staff@cupe3906.org

Statement on Trump’s Visa and Immigration Ban

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Dear CUPE 3906 and Community Members,

In the light of the recent unfortunate news about Donald Trump’s executive order for imposing visa and immigration ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, CUPE 3906 International Committee and CUPE 3906 would like to state their strong opposition to this notorious executive order. CUPE 3906 at McMaster University is proud of the diversity of its members, staff, and executives regarding faith, religion, color, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender. We stand for diversity and we fight for equity and equality.

Therefore, we strongly condemn this executive order and stand with people in the United States who are protesting this visa and immigration ban. More importantly, we stand with immigrants and refugees who are fleeing conflict and oppression in their countries of origin. Canada truly values diversity and you are all welcome here.

CUPE 3906 at McMaster University

CUPE 3906 International Committee

Next General Membership Meeting

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

The Union’s most significant decisions are made by Union members at General Membership Meetings (GMMs).

All CUPE 3906 members of all 3 units (TAs and RAs in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows) can attend regular GMMs and get involved in the Union’s decision making processes.
Our next GMM will be held on Monday, January 23rd at 12:00 (Noon) in  BSB B103.


Agenda items include
: motion to destroy U1 ratification vote ballots as per the Local’s by-laws; approval to send delegates to the Ontario University Workers’ Coordinating Committee’s (OUWCC) conference and the Canadian Labour Congress Convention; Elections for the positions of:
President
Vice President
Chief Steward Unit 1
Chief Steward Unit 3
Unit 2 Bargaining Team (4 Positions)
Unit 2 Bargaining Team Recording Secretary

There will be free pizza and refreshments and childcare costs to attend the meeting can be reimbursed.

Unit 1 Tentative Agreement Ratified by CUPE Members

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Dear Unit 1 Members,

The ballots have been counted, and the Unit 1 (TA and RA in lieu) Tentative Agreement has been ratified by the majority of voting members.
The new Collective Agreement will come into effect upon ratification by the Employer at an upcoming Board of Governor’s meeting.

Summaries of the Tentative Agreement are available at the union office.

Thank you to all who supported the bargaining work throughout this process. While significant gains were made, there are still improvements that we will continue to strive for. We will build upon this Agreement, and will continue to work with you to ensure that your new rights are upheld. Unit 2 returns to bargaining in the new year, and Units 1 and 3 will be back at the table in just over two years time. The work continues, and it is only with your support and active participation that we will be able to achieve more of the priorities you identified throughout this process in the upcoming rounds.

In Solidarity,
Your CUPE 3906 Bargaining Team

Unit 1 Ratification Vote Information

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Unit 1 (TA and RA in lieu) Members: take part in the renegotiation of your Collective Agreement by participating in our Unit 1 ratification meeting and contract vote.

The presentation of the Tentative Agreement for TAs and RAs in lieu will be made at a Special General Membership Meeting (SGMM) immediately following the regularly-scheduled General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, December 7th, at 5:00 P.M. in MDCL 1102.

Voting on the Tentative Agreement will take place for 90 minutes immediately following the SGMM in MDCL 1102, and will follow on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. in the Mills and Thode Library Lobbies.

Only members of Unit 1 (TAs and RAs in lieu) may vote in the Unit 1 ratification vote.  Both Classification A members (i.e., members holding an undergraduate degree) and Classification B members (i.e., members not holding an undergraduate degree) may vote.  Also, the following members of Unit 1 may vote in a ratification vote:

  1. Members who are working as TAs or RAs (in lieu) this term;
  2. Members who hold a TA/RA (in lieu) funding guarantee or a contract to work as a TA/RA (in lieu) in the 2016-2017 academic year (i.e., “contract in hand”).

Please note that all members require photo ID to voteSome members (especially those members in category 2) may require proof of membership to vote.  [Proof of membership may be a letter of offer indicating your guaranteed funding period (with reference to a TAship/RAship in lieu); a letter of offer for a TAship or RAship (in lieu) for the current academic year; and/or a signed hours of work form from the Fall 2016 term.]

For more Frequently Asked Questions, please see our Ratification Vote FAQ.