Dear CUPE 3906 Members,

My name is Kezhuan Gu, and I’m re-nominated for the position of U3 Chief Steward this year. I’ve worked at McMaster university for over 7 years first as PhD student and then postdoc fellows, and have actively involved in activities organized by CUPE 3906, such as GMM, SGMM and AGM. The CUPE 3906 is a great organization that does a great deal of good for every academic worker of all three units and makes McMaster university a better place to work. In October 2018, it was my great honour to be elected and served as chief steward of U3 for postdoc fellows at CUPE 3906. Since then I have been continuously doing my part toward mounting the involvement of postdoc fellows in the local.

While servicing as chief steward, I have participated on several local committees to ensure the fulfillment of benefits and rights of U3 members in different perspectives. On the most recent round of collective agreement bargaining, I worked together with the local staff and the bargaining committee to organize gathering events to advertise the bargaining campaign, and create opportunities for members to speak up their opinions. As a result, we together had achieved a huge success with significant increased benefits for U3 members in the new collective agreement. As chief steward, I also actively attended the benefits committee meetings to assist the benefit officer in processing our members’ benefits application properly and promptly. To maximize the benefits U3 members deserve, I worked closely with the benefit committee to increase the allocation to Postdoc Professional Development Fund and Health Care Spending Account substantially. Moreover, I recently represented postdoc fellows on the adjudication committee to administer the Postdoctoral Fellow Support Fund to make sure U3 members have immediate access to the fund when facing financial hardship and emergency.

Moving forward, with your fully support, I will continue to try my best to serve every U3 members across the university and ensure all of our members will receive the greatest support from the local whenever you need. Finally, I respectfully request your vote to remain on the CUPE 3906 Executive Committee as U3 Chief Steward for one more term.

In solidarity,

Kezhuan Gu