Sep 222015

We are having a General Membership Meeting, or GMM, on Tuesday September 29th at 5:00 p.m. in TSH B-105.  A free pizza dinner from Basilique will be provided, as well as drinks.  There are a number of important happenings at this meeting, including a presentation and debate of, and voting on, the 2015-16 operating budget, as well as the election of a new President and a new Treasurer.  In addition, we are electing a Unit 1 bargaining committee.

The Unit 1 collective agreement expires on August 31, 2016 and the Unit 1 bargaining committee will be responsible for helping to re-negotiate a collective agreement, aided by the support of the union’s staff.  Your collective agreement is a democratically decided employment contract that covers all TAs and RAs (in lieu), and includes a variety of rights and benefits, including wages, hours of work, benefits, sick days, and working conditions.  Collective bargaining is the process by which we are able to make improvements to the existing collective agreement.  The elected bargaining committee plays a key role in this process.  The time commitment is minimal over the fall and winter, though it picks up in the spring.  There are up to eight elected positions on the committee, each which pays $300 per month. The positions will be active for approximately 12 months.

More information on the vacant executive positions (President and Treasurer) can be found here.

We hope to see you next Tuesday at 5:00 pm in TSH B-105.  If you have questions in the meantime, please e-mail

Sep 182015

mana rally

CUPE 3906 members were proud to be on the picket lines of locked-out MANA workers. These workers have been locked-out for two years because they said to “no” to a $10/hr wage cut.

An article on the lock-out, and yesterday’s rally featuring a concert from punk band D.O.A., can be found here.

Sep 092015

The 19th Annual Graduate Student Awards acknowledges student excellence in teaching, communicating and translating research, and leadership on campus and beyond.

Congratulations to the 27 Teaching Assistants, all CUPE 3906 members, that are nominated for the GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.

Congratulations also to our President, Evan Johnston, who is nominated for the Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster.

Best of luck to all the nominees! The winners will be announced on Friday morning.

A full press release from the University can be found here.

Sep 012015

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The position of Treasurer has recently become vacant on the CUPE 3906 Executive Committeefor which an election will be held at our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) on September 29. For a brief description of the responsibilities for this position, please see the following overview of executive portfolios.

All members in good standing may be nominated. A member in good standing is someone that is currently a CUPE 3906 member or someone who has been in the past eight (8) months. During the GMM, a member may nominate another member (or choose to self-nominate) from the floor.

The Executive Committee would also like to thank our previous Treasurer, Herman Poon, for his many years of dedicated service to the local, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

For more information about this position, please contact Evan Johnston (

Aug 312015

The CUPE executive, thanks largely to the hard work of Darko (our International Officer) and Ulduz (our former Unit 3 Chief Steward), has developed a helpful Welcome Guide for international members.  We think it will be useful in orienting newcomers to McMaster and to Hamilton more broadly. It can be read on-line here.