2015 McMaster Teaching and Learning Forum

Brad WalchukGeneral

The 2015 McMaster Teaching and Learning Forum date and sessions have been announced. Join us in MCDL 3023 on Thursday September 3rd from 9:30 to 10:20 or 10:30 to 11:20 for a session entitled “Knowing your rights, benefits and obligations as a CUPE 3906 member” For more information, please see: http://miietl.mcmaster.ca/site/teaching-learning-forum/  

Pay Period Change for Unit 2 Members (Sessionals)

Brad WalchukGeneral

Attention Unit 2 members: The university is now paying a 3.0 unit course over 8 pay periods, instead of 7. This is allowed under the terms of the collective agreement, and has no impact on those teaching 6.0 unit courses (who are paid over 16 pay periods, 8 per term). What this means for Unit 2 members teaching 3.0 unit … Read More

New Faculty Workshop

Brad WalchukGeneral

New sessionals (this includes anyone who has been employed for 3 years or less as a sessional) are invited to a New Faculty Welcome on August 27th at the Faculty Club. The event begins at 8:30 and ends after a complementary lunch. CUPE Local 3906 and the McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL) are also … Read More

General Membership Meeting- July 28th at noon

Brad WalchukGeneral

Our monthly General Membership Meeting will take place on July 28th at 12 noon in DSB (DeGroote School of Business) B-107 (located in the basement). We have many important items on the agenda, including a discussion on the upcoming Federal Election. We’ll also be electing two executive positions (Chief Steward, Unit 1 and Chief Steward, Unit 3).  All members are … Read More

CUPE 3906 supports striking OPSEU nurses

Brad WalchukGeneral

CUPE 3906 members were proud to walk a picket line with striking OPSEU nurses at Care Partners, a for-profit sub-contractor of CCAC. These workers organized two year ago and have been on strike for 14 weeks seeking a first-contract. The main issue is a desire to be paid by the hour, as opposed to being paid on a per-patient basis. … Read More

Unit 2 Professional Development Fund, Spring/Summer 2015

Brad WalchukGeneral

Your union has a Professional Development Fund that it has secured through collective bargaining. This fund is intended to assist with expenses related to professional development that fall into the following four categories: Conference Presentations/Participation Research Training Teaching Materials/Resources The deadline for applications for the spring/summer 2015 adjudication period is August 7, 2015. We should be able to issue reimbursement … Read More

Executive Committee Vacancies

Evan JohnstonGeneral

Two positions have recently become vacant on the CUPE 3906 Executive Committee, — the positions of Chief Steward Unit 1 and Chief Steward Unit 3 —for which elections will be held at our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) on July 28. For a brief description of responsibilities for these positions, please see the following document. All members in good standing may be nominated. A member in … Read More

Update on Gender Neutral Washrooms

Brad WalchukGeneral

We met with the Employer (again) yesterday about gender neutral washrooms on campus. There are three confirmed locations: one in Univ. Hall and two in CNH. It took close to two weeks to receive confirmation on this. We feel that more are needed on campus to be inclusive of our transgendered community. CUPE is developing a policy that we hope … Read More

CUPE Statement on TA Evaluations

Brad WalchukGeneral

Dear Members, It is our understanding that there has been a recent interest from several Teaching Assistants to receive official feedback in the form of teaching evaluations. We understand that some of you would appreciate having this information for professional development purposes and for the purposes of creating teaching dossiers. CUPE has, and does, support the practice of TAs administering … Read More