Unit 2 Conciliation Update

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The CUPE 3906 Unit 2 Bargaining Team met in conciliation with the Employer on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and Wednesday, October 21, 2020.  “Conciliation” refers to contract negotiations that are assisted by a government-appointed Conciliation Officer, who tries to help the parties reach agreement before they can initiate a strike or lockout deadline. The implications of the Conservative Party’s Bill … Read More

Unit 2 Dental Deductions Scheduled for OCTOBER 23rd pay

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The single dental premium deduction for Sessional Faculty is scheduled for the October 23rd, 2020 pay.  The deduction is $170, and it covers 12 months of single dental coverage.  More details about the coverage (including how to submit a claim) are available here: https://cupe3906.org/sessionals-unit-2/unit-2-dental-coverage/ The deduction will appear clearly as a “CUPE Dental” deduction on your pay statement.  Please note that … Read More

Update on McMaster’s efforts to exclude out-of-province TAs from the bargaining unit

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We wish we had better news, but our policy grievance regarding the Employer’s efforts to exclude out-of-province TAs from the bargaining unit was recently denied at Step 3, thus blocking these TAs from accessing our dental plan, healthcare spending account, Gender Affirmation Fund, various worker protections, and more. We have referred the matter to arbitration and continue to work closely … Read More


Brad WalchukUncategorized

Hamilton, ON— The front-line instructors responsible for a significant proportion of undergraduate teaching at McMaster University have concluded a strike vote after three days of socially distant voting.  Sessional Faculty and Hourly-Rated Sessional Music Faculty at McMaster University, comprising CUPE Local 3906 (Unit 2), voted 81% in favour of providing their Bargaining Committee with a strike mandate should negotiations the … Read More

Link to Important Information for CUPE 3906 Unit 2 Members Regarding the Unit 2 Strike Vote and Strike Vote Special General Membership Meeting (SGMM), 2020

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

Our Unit 2 Members (Sessional Faculty and Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty) will be able to attend our Strike Vote Special General Membership Meeting this week (October 14th at 2:00 P.M.) and will be able to vote in our strike vote following the SGMM until Friday, October 16th at 5:00 P.M. For more information on how to attend the meeting … Read More

Update on GMM Election Results

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Congratulations to Sharoni Mitra, our former Interim President, who now drops the Interim tag after being officially elected by the membership to serve as President until April 2021. Congratulations also to Shirleen Datt, who was elected to serve as Vice President External until April 2021. We also wanted to thank all those who put their names forward and contested the … Read More

COVID-related Office Closure

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The Union office will remain closed throughout the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff and executive members are working safely from home, and can answer any questions you may have via email, phone, or Zoom/Teams/Jitsi. Please email first, and we can set something up with you later if email doesn’t answer your question. Below are instructions for how … Read More

General Membership Meeting- Oct 8th at 2 p.m.

Brad WalchukUncategorized

As was announced earlier this week, we will be holding our first General Membership Meeting of the Fall 2020 semester at 2pm EST on Thursday, October 8. Please be sure to send any pre-written motions to president@cupe3906.org by 12pm (noon) on October 7. In order to preserve the security and confidentiality of our GMM, pre-registration for this meeting will be required. Please note that you must … Read More