CUPE Ontario held its annual Convention in Windsor from May 26-29. On the convention floor Local 3906 received a plaque “Celebrating the strength of your members in your struggle for equality, respect and fairness in the workplace.” The award recognized the strength and solidarity of the membership stemming from the Unit 1 strike in November. The award was accepted on … Read More
This past weekend–while seemingly everyone else was at the CUPE Ontario Convention–I was attending the “New Presidents Workshop” hosted by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Now, I am neither new nor the president, but the President has delegated me to represent us (the Unit 2 members, that is) who are in fact new to CAUT membership. The purpose of the membership was to outline the responsibilities of local executive, to offer solutions for the challenges that await them, and to introduce and highlight the resources CAUT provides its members. Since we have a fairly elaborate and thorough structure within CUPE, we are ahead of the curve as compared to many of the faculty associations, who in many cases also do not enjoy the benefits of being members of a certified union. That said, the workshop did offer many helpful tips and insights. Moreover, in terms of resources, CAUT can provide complementary and also supplementary services to those we already within CUPE. The most obvious example is Academic Freedom. Simply put, if this is under threat, CAUT is the place to turn to defend this cornerstone of academic life. The CAUT Benefits Trust was also interesting. It operates similarly to our own practice of benefits funds being allocated with and through a third-party. However, in this case, CAUT will use its size and leverage to negotiate the best deal for members. Unfortunately, it is in its infancy and only one group has signed up for it. Nobody wants to be the first and it has yet to be implemented for Contract Academic Staff.
There are a bunch of events happening in and around southern Ontario to commemorate May Day, the International Workers Day. Hamilton Here in Hamilton there are two events to take part in: The annual Mayday Festival will be taking place on King William St, outside the Skydragon, from 11-4 on May 1st. USWA 1005 is hosting a massive rally and … Read More
QUEEN’S PARK – TORONTO Saturday, June 26 @ 1:00 p.m. March ends at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West @ Trinity Drive) WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? The G8 & G20 Summits taking place in Ontario from June 25-27 offer Canadians a rare opportunity to speak out on priorities that the world’s most wealthy and powerful nations should adopt on economic … Read More
Title: Worker’s Memorial Day Description: Meet at the flag polls on campus. The event is to recognize and remember workers who have been injured or killed at work. Please come out to this short lunch time event. Start Time: 12:30 Date: 2010-04-28
Written by Malissa Phung March 21, 2010 marked the 50th year anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre when sixty nine South Africans were killed by the police for peacefully protesting against the apartheid “pass laws.” The apartheid government passed legislation that forced coloured and black South Africans to carry passbooks for racial identification, a daily process of surveillance and racialization that … Read More
In Nov. 2009, I was invited to speak on the status and the culture of Contract Faculty at a conference at the University of Guelph. Several terrific panels and conversations occurred (and I gave my paper, too). One of things arising from the conference was a strong desire and pressing need to improve the data collection on Contract Faculty. Effectively, … Read More
Title: Movie Night “The Take” Location: BSB 104 Link out: Click here Description: Part of the Projecting Peace: A social justice film festival. Start Time: 7:00 Date: 2010-03-18
The next PAC meeting will take place at 10:30am on Thursday, March 11th in the union’s offices in the basement (rm. B108) of Wentworth House, right beneath the Phoenix. All members and guests are welcome to attend.
Come learn about what CUPE 3906’s Political Action Committee is up to this year and how you can get involved. There will be snacks and drinks. A very brief presentation will be followed by performances by world-class spoken word artists and socializing.
January 14, 2010
Starting at 5:30pm
Wentworth Lounge (next-door to the Phoenix)
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