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 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 register with your McMaster email address no later than 12pm the day of the GMM. This is the only way we can manually confirm that you are a CUPE 3906 Member prior to the meeting. Any registration requests made from non-McMaster email addresses will be denied.

Register in advance for the GMM here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Key items on this GMM agenda:

– Ratifying the Local’s 2020-2021 Annual Budget
– Unit 2 bargaining updates
– Elections for the following positions:
Vice President – External
Hamilton District Labour Council Delegates

About the virtual GMM elections process:

Please note that because the elections for all three positions will be held at the same time, individuals may be nominated for only one position each. Nominations will be held on the (virtual) floor of the GMM, but our bylaws also allow for those unable to attend to self-nominate in writing ahead of the meeting. If you are unable to attend the GMM but wish to run for one of the three positions up for election, you can nominate yourself by emailing your 500-word candidate statement to anytime before 12pm (noon) on Wednesday, October 7. Because our bylaws require that only staff accept nominations for elections, only those sent to will be accepted, and their CUPE 3906 membership then verified.

Once nominations have closed on the floor of the GMM, candidates will have the chance to speak for up to two minutes each, and self-nominations in absentia will be read by a member of staff.

Unlike our in-person GMMs, voting will then occur online (via Helios Voting) between October 9 and October 13. Once the GMM has adjourned, the nominees will be added to the ballot on Helios and all Members who registered for the GMM will receive their Helios login and other key voting details within 24 hours. Once the polls open, you will be able to log in and cast your votes for all positions. Your votes will then be encrypted and logged anonymously. Once the polls have closed, Helios will automatically tally the results.

Restriction on campaign materials: Because our bylaws require equal access to campaign materials, only the candidate statements provided at or before the GMM (and later, via Helios) will be deemed relevant and acceptable for the purposes of this GMM election. Any materials posted elsewhere and found to be linked to specific candidates will result in their disqualification.

Should you have any questions specific to the GMM elections, please email All other GMM inquiries should be sent to

Thanks, everyone. We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

In solidarity,

The CUPE 3906 Executive Committee