Applications to the Unit 2 (Sessional) Professional Development Fund are due by December 6th, 2017. Please ensure your applications are submitted in hard copy to the union office (KTH B111) by then. Details are here.
CUPE 3906’s Equity Action Committee is proud to announce that we will be hosting a Queer Poetry Night event as part of a larger initiative titled “Healing With Feelings.” These events are opportunities to meet new folx, engage with each other’s creative works, and heal collectively from intersecting oppressions. Please join us on Thursday, November 30th at The Staircase (25 Dundurn Street North, conveniently located near a transportation hub). The doors open at 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Unfortunately, the space is not wheelchair accessible, but moving forward we will ensure that all future events are held at accessible locations.
Even if you’re not reciting any poetry, this event is meant to show support and solidarity to your fellow peers. If you’re interested, we have 14 available slots to choose from. Please sign-up at the link below by including your name in the comments section: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4daaaa28a7f85-queer. We will also host an open mic for the last 30 minutes of the event.
Here is the link to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/143659373024560/
We look forward to seeing you there!
Here is a statement from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Smoke Free policy.
Your elected Bargaining Team has secured two dates with a provincial conciliation officer (November 21st and 22nd) as we continue to bargain for a new Collective Agreement for Sessional Faculty. We are confident that, with the province’s help, we can reach a deal with the Employer’s negotiators that will represent a #BetterMac for our members and for the community as a whole. Our position heading into these talks is even stronger thanks to the strike mandate we received from you some weeks ago. As always, we will keep you posted as events unfold. In the meantime, you may be hearing from our mobilizer Amarjeet with an invitation to participate in various actions around campus.
All CUPE 3906 members of all 3 units (TAs and RAs in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows) can attend regular GMMs and get involved in the Union’s decision making processes.
- Vice President – External
- Health and Safety Committee Seats
- Delegates to the Hamilton and District Labour Council
We would like to thank you for coming out to our strike mandate vote meeting on Tuesday evening and for dropping by one of polling stations over the last few days to provide your union’s elected bargaining team with a clear strike vote mandate. Thanks as well to the volunteers who staffed polling stations and acted as scrutineers.
We feel both heartened and empowered by the support that a 78% ‘YES’ result represents. The support that the Union’s membership has shown to it’s elected bargaining team demonstrates a high level of engagement and a real commitment of your desire to secure strengthened job security, an improved workload, improved benefits, and fair wages that are in line with what Sessionals at other top universities in Ontario earn. Having heard the collective voice of our membership, we are even more confident in our ability to bargain a fair Collective Agreement for a #BetterMac.
Be reminded as well that a successful strike vote mandate does not mean that we are on strike, nor does it mean that a strike is imminent! Rather, you have empowered the bargaining team to call a strike should no further progress be made at the table. There are, in addition, a number of steps in the legal process around strikes/lockouts in the province of Ontario that would need to be followed before such a decision could be contemplated.
The next step is conciliation, a process that we have already initiated through the Ontario Ministry of Labour. As always, we will continue to keep you updated on the progress of negotiations.
Graham Baker, President