AGM 2022 Reminder- Weds Apr 6 at 3 pm

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Each year, we hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which all executive positions are up for election. This year, it will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and, besides electing all the executive officers, it will also elect a 3-year trustee position.  The meeting will occur online on the “Zoom” platform.

This is a very important meeting that will decide the composition of the Executive Committee for this year and present the Annual Reports of Executive Committee Members and Committees. It is a once a year opportunity to run for positions or to vote for who you would like to represent you for the coming year. We are counting on your presence to ensure we have a good and democratic outcome.

To review the elections process and a summary of the duties of executive positions, please visit: CUPE-3906-Bylaws-updated-Dec-2021.pdf (

Please register for the meeting using the following link: 

You must register using your Mac email address, this is necessary for us to confirm that you are a member. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here are the rules for the election process:

  • Members may nominate themselves or others in advance of the meeting or during the nominations period of the meeting on April 6th.  Nominations will not be accepted after the nominations are declared “closed” at the online meeting.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else in advance of the meeting, please email till April 5th.
  • Those candidates present at the meeting have up to 2 minutes to address the membership at the meeting to state why members should vote for them in the elections.
  • Candidates can run for any positions they like (subject to the restrictions in Article 3 of the Local’s Bylaws). However, candidates can only hold one position.
  • Elections happen in the order listed at
  • Voting for each of the three Chief Steward positions is limited to members of that Unit.
  • Voting will happen in real-time during the Zoom meeting. Only members who are present at the meeting can vote. You must also be able to vote using the Zoom poll, which means that participants who have no access to the Zoom screen (i.e., anyone who is participating via a telephone call, not using the internet app) will not be able to vote. Elections are anonymous and members participating via phone call cannot tell aloud their votes.

If you still have questions about the process, please send an email to . You can also find more details by visiting:

Elections are coming! AGM on April 6


This year’s Annual General Meeting, or AGM, will be held on Wednesday April 6th, 2022 at 3 p.m. via Zoom (with an expected ending time of approximately 5 p.m.). A secure link for registration has been sent to your McMaster email address, included in our weekly mailer (“News from your Union”).

As per our bylaws, there is a single agenda item at the AGM- the election of all executive positions and a 3-year trustee. A full description of each of these positions can be found in our bylaws. Additional business outside of the election will occur at our next General Membership Meeting, likely to be held in May.


AGM Protocols- The Nominations and Elections Process
  • The election process will be governed by the CUPE Local 3906 bylaws, and in particular Article 4.
  • A full copy of the bylaws can be found here:
  • All executive positions listed under Article 5 of the Local 3906 bylaws, as well as a 3 year Trustee (term ending 2025) will be open and elected at the AGM
  • Please note that in order to vote, you must be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting
  • Our Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The meeting will occur online on the “zoom” platform.
1) Any member can self-nominate or nominate a fellow member for any executive position in advance of the meeting by emailing Members who are (self) nominated and cannot attend the meeting can send a brief statement (250 words maximum) which will be read on their behalf at the meeting prior to voting on the position(s) for which they are contesting. If you are nominating someone else, please CC them in the email to ensure that they are aware of the nomination
2) Any member can self-nominate or nominate a fellow member at the meeting when nominations are open for any specific position
3) During the meeting, positions will be elected one-by-one. The results (naming the winner only, not sharing the vote breakdown) will be provided before the next position is elected.
4) Elections will occur in the following order: President, Vice President, Vice President External, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Benefits and Advocacy Officer, Chief Steward Unit 1, Chief Steward Unit 2, Chief Steward Unit 3, Undergraduate Officer, Equity Officer, International Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Trustee (3 year term)
5) The expectations of each position, and any criteria for running for the position, can be found in Article 5 of the Local 3906 bylaws.
6) Voting for each of the three Chief Steward positions is limited to members of that Unit.
7) As per usual practice, there will be three calls for nominations for each position. Those (self)nominated in advance will have their names put forward automatically during the third and final call
8) When nominations close, nominees can either stand for the election (ie. agree to run in the election) or decline their nomination and not run in the election. All members self-nominated in advance, and any member nominated in advance who has confirmed their acceptance of the nomination, will stand for the election
9) Should there be more than one candidate standing for election, an election will be held. If only one candidate stands for election, that person will be acclaimed. If there are no candidates, the executive can – at its sole discretion – appoint someone to an interim role. An election for any vacant spots will occur at the next GMM, including those which may have been filled by an interim appointment
10) Should more than one candidate contest the position, each candidate will have 2 minutes to speak to the membership about their candidacy and to motivate members to vote for them
11) As per Article 4(c)(iii) of the Local 3906 bylaws, the Chair, at their sole discretion, can permit other members to speak in favour of the candidacy of a specific candidate. The chair, at their sole discretion, may also permit a brief Q and A period for candidates.
12) Voting for all positions will be done by Zoom polling. The polling will be anonymous; results will be made known to staff and any scrutineers.  Staff will announce a winner, but not a breakdown of votes. In order to vote, you must be in attendance when the vote is being held.
13) Each candidate may appoint a scrutineer to validate the election results. The chair can also appoint a scrutineer if there are no volunteers or if candidates do not appoint one
14) As per Article 4(d)(i) of the Local 3906 bylaws, “A majority of votes cast shall be required before any candidate can be declared elected, and second and subsequent ballots shall be taken, if necessary, to obtain a majority. On the second and subsequent ballots the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes in the previous ballot shall be dropped. In the case of a tie in the final vote, the remaining candidates shall be invited to address the meeting and a new election will be held. Elections shall continue until a majority vote is accomplished.”
15) Once a position is filled with a majority vote, the above process will continue for the subsequent position
16) Newly elected executives will assume the position as of 12:01 a.m. on April 7th


Sessional Faculty Bargaining Update

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The Unit 2 Bargaining Team met with the Employer March 10, 2022, to receive the Employer’s latest proposal package. Unsurprisingly, there were few changes to the Employer’s previous proposals in years 1 and 2 of the agreement. (The Employer maintains its position that those years must be compliant with the 1% limitation on wages and total compensation mandated by the Ford government’s Bill 124. Unit 2 Members have already completed 1 full year under the 3-year legislative mandate in the 2020-2021 academic year.)

We have seen minor improvements in the Employer’s position on wages in the proposed third year of the agreement (from a 1.75% wage increase to the base rate of pay to a 3% wage increase to the base rate of pay). Despite the increase, this falls well short of the rate of inflation, and we are continuing to push for a higher wage increase. The Employer’s package includes some positive movement where we have asked for greater clarity in hiring practices and the provision of resources (especially technological resources and technological assistance) to members (where the Employer mandates the use of certain technologies and software), and guidelines for requests made of members by the Employer for the creation of deferred exams.

Also, we continue to discuss the importance of improvements to existing benefits funds, and would like to continue to hear from you about where benefits funds would be most useful (i.e., more health care spending reimbursements, funds for gender affirmation, etc.). It is thanks to your ongoing support and feedback that we are able to make any improvements, and we would like to continue to hear from you about what kinds of improvements would make the most impact for you. Please let us know by contacting Walter at, Carolyn at, or

Although talks continue, the Employer remains unmoveable on issues of job security, retirement planning, and even basic equality and respect. Members have shown their dedication to McMaster for years, and even decades.
For example, members can miss out on a portion of supplementary student fees (i.e., the fee paid to members for each student in excess of 75 students) to the degree that their rate of pay exceeds the base rate of pay. (We are trying to change this so that all members have equal access to the supplemental fee language.) Unit 2 members miss out on the opportunity to plan for retirement by virtue of working contract-to-contract, even when they work at McMaster with the same colleagues for 10, 20, and even 30 or more years next to colleagues who enjoy employer-assisted retirement savings. Improvements to these areas of inequality would show respect to our members on behalf of the McMaster Administration.

Your colleagues on the Bargain Team strongly believe that more respect needs to be shown to you through the contract, especially considering the imposed restrictions of Bill 124. The Employer must recognize our members’ diligent work in our agreement–recognition that your colleagues on the bargaining team feel has been neglected by the Administration for a long time. This has had a negative impact on health, research, and professional development which is the backbone of higher education. Recognition is beneficial for both the University and its teaching staff.

A PDF version can be found here.

Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus

Brad WalchukUncategorized

CUPE post-secondary members: You are invited!

Join CUPE for a look at how sexual violence and harassment on campus affects our work in the post-secondary sector and the new tools CUPE has created to help locals navigate the union’s response.

Featuring Wendy Komiotis, Executive Director of METRAC, Carole Neill, vice president of SCFP Quebec, Michelle Waite, president of CUPE 3479, and Chandra Pasma, CUPE National Senior Research Officer.

CUPE’s new toolkit provides information on how to handle disclosures, navigate the complaints process, respond in a trauma-informed way, and much more!

Date: April 7, 2022
Time: 2:30 NL/2:00 AT/1:00 ET/12:00 CT/11:00 MT/10:00 PT
Register here

Unit 3 (Postdocs) Bargaining Team Election Results

Brad WalchukUncategorized

At a well-attended virtual Special General Membership Meeting on Friday, March 25th, Unit 3 members elected the following five-person bargaining team: Dr. Lisha Zhao (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Muhammad Nabeel (Material Science and Engineering), Dr. Kezhuan Gu (Material Science and Engineering), Dr. Michelle Kalaman (Earth Sciences), and Dr. Javier Gonzalez Mantecon (Engineering Physics). Congratulations!

The current postdoc collective agreement – the oldest in Canada – expires on August 31st, 2022. The newly elected committee will be working on a bargaining survey and will have that out to members shortly.

International-Domestic Peer Support Program (2021-2022)

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

We are very excited to congratulate and thank all the fellows of the 2021-2022 International-Domestic Peer Support Program for their wonderful participation! The Program is a cross-institutional initiative that has been developed in partnership with 5 different universities in Ontario to provide a platform for exchanging valuable resources, broadening connections, gaining cultural awareness and mentorship experience, showing appreciation of diversity, and most importantly building the community!

Watch the video below that was presented in the 2021-2022 International-Domestic Peer Support Program Ceremony to learn about what fellows/participants think of the program and how it helped them! 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the International Officer, Sarah Elshahat at



Unit 3 (Postdocs) Bargaining Committee Election Meeting

Brad WalchukUncategorized

When: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 12:00 Noon 

Where: Online, via the “zoom” platform (click the link below to register to receive a link to the meeting!)
What: Meeting to elect 5 Postdoctoral Fellow Bargaining Team Members!
Why: We are writing to invite you to an important meeting this Friday, March 25th, at 12:00 P.M.
Your Collective Agreement (covering CUPE 3906 Unit 3 Postdoctoral Fellows at McMaster University, excluding those in Health Sciences) expires on August 31st, 2022.  The Collective Agreement governs most of your workplace rights at McMaster University.  Every few years, we meet with the Employer, representatives of the McMaster University Administration, to renegotiate this contract.
You need to elect a bargaining team, consisting of 5 CUPE 3906 Postdoc members to represent you at the bargaining table!  Unit 3 members can self-nominate, or nominate a fellow Unit 3 member at the Meeting.  (If you would like to run for a bargaining team position and are not able to make the meeting, please email to notify the Union of your interest in the position!  Please include a brief statement of why you are running and why your colleagues should vote for you to be read by the staff at the meeting.)  Bargaining Team positions come with a $300 monthly honorarium.
For more information, please contact or
Please click the zoom link below to register for the meeting by no later than 10:00 A.M. on March 25th, 2022.   
To view the current collective agreement, please visit
In solidarity,
Your CUPE 3906 Executive Committee
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 25, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2022 Mike Skinner Award Nominations

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The Mike Skinner Award is a member-mandated award offered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3906 on an annual basis. Its title honours long-time labour activist and former CUPE 3906 Staff Member Mike Skinner.

The recipient of the Mike Skinner Award should have been engaged in activism over the course of their time with CUPE 3906 on issues such as labour solidarity, gender equality, equity issues, social justice, environmental justice, the advancement of peace.

This is not an exhaustive list, but includes a few common examples of the things that past award winners have been involved in and that the selection committee considers.

The value of the award is $500 to one person (or committee), an award certificate and an inscription on the Mike Skinner Award plaque. This award is open to all current members of CUPE 3906 (this includes all Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants in lieu, Sessional Faculty, Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows), and/or anyone who has been a member of the local between January 2021 and March 2022. This year’s award will be for the 2021-22 year.

The nomination period for this award is from March 1, 2022 to March 30, 2022. We might extend it, but please don’t count on it and submit it at the last minute!

For more information on the award, please click here.

Save the Date! Annual General Membership Meeting April 6, 2022

Mary Ellen CampbellUncategorized

CUPE 3906 Members: Save the Date!  Our Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The meeting will occur online on the “zoom” platform.

Agenda items include:

  • Annual Reports of Executive Committee Members and Committees
  • Election of all Executive Committee Officer positions

To review the elections process and a summary of the duties of executive positions, please visit: CUPE-3906-Bylaws-updated-Dec-2021.pdf (

More information (including how to receive a link to the meeting and how to participate in nominations and voting) will be sent to members soon.