April 2021 Update- News and Notes from Your Union

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International-Domestic Peer Support Program

Calling All domestic and international students/fellows across McMaster’s faculties. Apply now to the International-Domestic Peer Support Program to support and network with a fellow in and/or outside McMaster through 4 meaningful virtual OR in-person meetings over 5 months full of opportunities and fun! Gain mentorship experience, exchange valuable resources, broaden your connections, gain cultural awareness, show appreciation of diversity, and most importantly build the community!!

More information can be found in the Registration Form (click here) Sign up by: April 7, 2021

Questions: Contact your CUPE International Officer- Sarah Elshahat (international@cupe3906.org)

Applications for Cornell’s Strategic Corporate Research

Cornell’s ILR School is offering it’s annual Strategic Corporate Research course. This course is for anyone seeking careers in the labor movement, worker centers, environmental groups, or other social-change organizations to make and keep corporations accountable. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to begin and advance in careers in strategic research and strategic campaigns from having understood and researched corporate ownership structure, corporate finance, and the sources of union power.

The course is also for students who want to learn about and contribute to the innovations taking place in union organizing and bargaining campaigns that led to major wins for workers. This year’s course is being held fully online, and more information is available here: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/scr-summer-school/course-details . Interested in applying for funding through the local? Then send us your application before April 6 at midnight. Please specifically answer the following three questions and email staff@cupe3906.org.

  1. Explain your interest in this course and how you’ll contribute to the local’s activities with the knowledge you’ll gain from it.
  2. Are you interested in the regular or advanced track? Why?
  3. Review the details of the course including the application requirements, date range and time commitment through the summer – are you able to commit to the requirements?

Reminder: Return to Campus Survey

We want to better understand what are the priorities of our Members for returning to campus. If you haven’t done it yet (thank you if you already did it!), please fill this short survey and get the chance to win $25!

Day of Mourning – Online Ceremony

On April 28 at 11 a.m., the Hamilton and District Labor Council will be replicating its traditional Day of Mourning ceremony from City Hall on Zoom. The HDLC will also continue its practice of having roses available for those individuals who wish to lay one at the monument in memory of a loved one.

On April 28, we will remember those comrades we’ve lost due to workplace injuries and illnesses, not just this past year, but also throughout our personal workplace histories.

We will continue to share music as a tool of contemplation and reflection.

We will hear from some labour leaders about the impact the pandemic has had on their sector and how we can safely transition back to “normal” working conditions.

And we will hear from coalition partners around the city who work with injured workers on a daily basis, even under trying times.

You can register for the event by clicking here. Even though the event will be live at 11 a.m., the YouTube stream will be available after the event is done on our HDLC YouTube Channel.

Bylaws Committee Vacancy

We still have one vacant seat in our Bylaws Committee. Members of the Bylaws Committee are tasked with overseeing, changing, and updating our Bylaws and are also entitled to receive a honorarium. If you’re interested in filling this spot or knowing more about it, please send an email to vicepresident@cupe3906.org.