Annual General Meeting- Reminder

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We’re holding our Annual General Membership meeting on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019. At this meeting, all 13 executive positions are up for election. All members in good standing are able to run for these positions. Full details on the positions, as well as the election/nomination process, can be found in our Bylaws.

ROOM(S):
MDCL 3023

TIME: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

DATE:Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CUPE 3906 Resolves Equal Pay Grievance

Brad WalchukUncategorized

In November 2017, CUPE Local 3906 filed a grievance against McMaster University on behalf of
women/women‐identified Postdocs alleging a violation of the Unit 3 Collective Agreement and the
Equal Pay provisions of the Employment Standards Act (Part XII, Article 42‐ Equal Work for Equal Pay).

After a lengthy review of the matter, the Parties have agreed to a resolution that applies to
women/women‐identified Postdocs employed in the Faculty of Science and fully resolves the
grievance. The Parties have concluded that an inequitable wage gap did not exist in other Faculties,
nor that an inequitable wage gap adversely impacted male/male‐identified Postdocs. The settlement
effectively addresses what the Union believed to be a systemic wage gap between men and women
Postdocs.

The resolution represents a meaningful gain for the members to whom this settlement applies and
helps to advance equal pay in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
The resolution also mandates proactive practices that the Parties believe will ensure that a similar
situation will not occur again.

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Walchuk, a staff representative with CUPE Local 3906.
He can be reached at 905‐525‐9140 x24056 or via e‐mail (bwalchuk@cupe3906.org).

-Angie Perez, President, CUPE Local 3906

Annual General Meeting

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We’re holding our Annual General Membership meeting on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019. At this meeting, all 13 executive positions are up for election. All members in good standing are able to run for these positions. Full details on the positions, as well as the election/nomination process, can be found in our Bylaws.

ROOM(S):
MDCL 3023

TIME: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

DATE:Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mike Skinner Award callout 2019

Brad WalchukUncategorized

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 the 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), and/or anyone who has been a member of the local within the past 12 months.

The nomination period for this award is from February March 4, 2019 to March 24, 2019.

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.

More information, including how to submit a nominee, is available by clicking here.

GMM Update

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Congratulations to Nathan Todd (Philosophy), our now former Recording Secretary, who was acclaimed as our new Vice President at this afternoon’s GMM. Congratulations also to Adam Gruber-O’Hagan (Labour Studies) who replaces Nathan as Recording Secretary, and to Pulkit Mathur (Chemical Engineering) who was elected as Chief Steward, Unit 1.

At today’s GMM, we also voted to send up to 10 delegates to the CUPE Ontario convention in May/June and 6 delegates to the ACORN CanadaNational Convention in June (held right here in Hamilton). Elections will take place soon, exact date TBA, but likely following the AGM in March/April.

With unanimous support, your Local voted to donate $250 to the Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area (SACHA), as well as $250 to United Way Halton and Hamilton‘s upcoming Tampon Tuesday event

 

Hamilton Power of Many Meeting

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Under the Doug Ford government, there is a lot at stake for labour and communities throughout Ontario.

Labour must be at the forefront of the Ford Resistance.

On Monday, March 4, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Hamilton and District Labour Council are hosting a Regional Ford Activation Meeting in Hamilton. We are inviting all labour leaders and labour activists across Hamilton.

Whether we are fighting for decent work, in support of public education, against cuts and the privatization of public services, or to standing against hate, labour’s vibrancy and activism remain critical to protecting and advancing collective bargaining rights, public services and social justice.

We have fought and won before. We will do it again. Let’s get organized to win!

The regional activation meeting will:

– Lay out what is at stake for Ontario in the coming months and years.
– Introduce a member-to-member campaign that allows for stronger communication with rank-and-file members.
– Launch a provincial-wide rapid response network to coordinate local fightback efforts.
– Identify where and how we increase capacity, support, and infrastructure for the fightback.
– Identify what tools are required to build our fightback network and escalate our actions.

*Local union presidents, executive members, local equity and political action committees, shop stewards, and labour activists are invited to attend. OFL officers and CLC staff will be in attendance.*

A light meal and refreshments will be provided.

WHEN

March 04, 2019 at 7:15pm – 9:15pm
WHERE
Carpenters Union Local 18
1342 Stone Church Rd E
Hamilton, ON L8W 2C8
Canada
https://www.oflevents.ca/hamilton_power_of_many_regional_activation_meeting?recruiter_id=46286

General Membership Meeting- February 28th at noon

Brad WalchukUncategorized

An e-mail should have been sent to your inbox this week, but your Union’s next General Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28, at 12:00 in T13, Room 107. T13 is a building that is located near ETB at the front of campus. The building itself is an accessible location and childcare costs will be reimbursed. Please let us know if any additional accommodations are required.
This meeting will feature the election of three executive positions: Vice President, Chief Steward Unit 1, and Recording Secretary. All members are eligible to run, though the Unit 1 Chief Steward is limited to TAs/RAs. We will also be introducing a motion for a cost-share with CUPE National to help support our bargaining efforts.

GMM postponed (Feb 12)

Brad WalchukUncategorized

With the university closing due to inclement weather conditions on Tuesday Feb 12 (our scheduled GMM), we will be re-booking a General Membership Meeting at some point after Reading Week. An updated date, time, and location will be sent out as soon as we have confirmed. This meeting will feature the election of a Vice President, a Recording Secretary, and a Unit 1 Chief Steward.

Another study highly critical of Student Evaluations of Teaching

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We’ve been saying this for a while, an arbitrator made this very clear last year, yet another study supports the claim- we hope that university employers will finally get the message: student evaluations of teaching are highly problematic for the purpose of (re)-hiring and tenure/promotion.

“…as this report clearly demonstrates, using student questionnaires to evaluate faculty performance is counterproductive and harmful, and it raises serious equity questions.”

Why?

“The report is one of the most exhaustive of its kind in Canada and examines the methodological, research ethics, and human rights implications of student questionnaires. It finds that:

  • Women, racialized, and LGBTQ2S+ faculty, as well as faculty with disabilities, receive lower scores than their white male colleagues. Using SQCTs to determine pay and promotion risks marginalizing these equity seeking groups even further, impacting their career prospects and limiting academic diversity.
  • It is impossible to adjust SQCT scores to account for their bias.
  • Anonymous SQCT comments are regularly used to target faculty members with abusive, harassing, and harmful comments.
  • Students are not adequately informed about how SQCTs are used, or how their information can be shared.
  • Using SQCT scores to evaluate teaching discourages innovation and undermines student learning.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4145909#ixzz5erOafXZd

Bargaining Survey Released

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The link to the Unit 1 (TAs/RAs in lieu) and Unit 3 (Postdocs) bargaining survey was sent via e-mail link today. If you are a member and did not receive the link, please contact staff@cupe3906.org

Today’s survey launch event in MDCL was cancelled due to the weather, but we’ll be continuing the survey launch tour next week in ETB 230 on Tues at 11:30 and in TSH B129 on Thurs at 11:30