Return to Campus Update- Townhall Meeting

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Our Return to Campus update townhall will take place on Tuesday August 3 at 2:30pm.  
Since we want to give everyone a chance to hear what happened at last week’s LMC, we have also made a second time to meet for those who cannot make it on Tuesday. The alternate time will be on Thursday August 5 at 5:30pm.
Again, the Return to Campus update townhall will take place on Tuesday August 3 at 2:30pm. However, for folks who cannot make it on Tuesday, there will be a second townhall on Thursday August 5 at 5:30pm. If neither of these times work for you please let me know and we can set up a separate meeting.
“Our union executive recently met with the employer at the Labour Management Committee (LMC). where we presented them with our 12 priorities for a safe return to campus. At this meeting, I will update everyone on the response we got from the employer to each of our priorities. We will also discuss how we can get of our co-workers to sign onto the return to campus priorities petition which you can find here:
For the zoom link, please email Brock- 

CUPE 3906 wins 5 Canadian Association of Labour Media Awards

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The Canadian Association of Labour Media just announced their award winners, and guess who brought home 5 of them? That’s right, your wonderfully creative fellow Members and Staff did! With special props to our Indigenous Solidarity Working Group for winning the Fighting Oppression Award and to our social media team who were picked as the best in their field!

See what you’re missing??? If you haven’t done it yet, follow us right now on FacebookTwitterInstagram, as well as the ISWG Instagram and website!

The Local won the following awards:

Ed Finn Award for excellence in writing for print

CUPE 3906 “Executive Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Policing”

The Freeperson Award for best cartoon, illustration or infographic

“Office Hours,” drawn by Unit 2 member Simon Orpana

The Fighting Oppression Award for a communications initiative that raises consciousness and contributes to struggles against racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism and other forms of oppression and discrimination.

CUPE 3906 Indigenous Solidarity Working Group & PIPSC’s Women in Science Initiative

**co-winner with PIPSC**

Best meme

created by former President Nathan Todd

Best use of social media by a union
Winner (volunteer produced): CUPE 3906

Gender Affirmation Fund

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Did you know? We have a Gender Affirmation Fund! In recognition of Pride Season, we’d like to remind our members that our Gender Affirmation Fund is open to all our Unit 1 (TAs and Ras in-lieu) members who identify as Two Spirit, trans, or nonbinary. This fund provides a total of $10,000 per year to help offset the costs involved with various elements of affirming one’s gender – including everyday, medical, administrative, legal, and other expenses. Head over to to find more about it!

Announcing vacant committee positions

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We have currently 2 vacant positions open to all our members. Both positions come with a honorarium, set in our annual budget. The first one is in the Bylaws Committee, which is the committee charged with overseeing, changing, and updating the Local’s Bylaws. Please contact our Bylaws Committee Chair, Maxwell Lightstone, if you’d like to participate!

The second position is as Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee. It is with a heavy heart that we see our brilliant Co-Chair, Rachel Yeo, go at the end of this month. We’d like to express our deep gratitude for all the amazing work that she has done – and continues to do – for the Local. If you’re interested in mobilizing our members and planning actions in support of our Union and Labour Movement, please send an email to our other excellent Organizing Committee Co-Chair, Wouter van den Berg, for details on how to join.

General Membership Meeting: July 28 at 12:00 pm

Brad WalchukUncategorized

UPE 3906’s next General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 28, from 12 PM to 2 PM. Any members wishing to present pre-written motions should provide theirs via email to by Tuesday, July 27.

As with recent virtual GMMs, pre-registration will be required in order to attend this meeting. Please note that you must register with your McMaster email address no later than 10 AM the day of the GMM. This is the only way we can confirm your membership prior to the meeting. Any registration requests made from non-McMaster email addresses will be denied.

Register in advance for the GMM HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. *Please allow for some delay as each request has to be approved manually.*

Members’ Labour Art Showcase

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Are you a talented member who is sick and tired of the employer’s attacks during a pandemic and want to share your artistic protest with the world? Here’s your chance to do exactly that, submit your artwork to CUPE 3906 Members’ Labour Art Showcase!

We are looking for art that can be a good criticism of the employer’s practices or that can be supportive of the labour movement in general. You can express yourself through poems, photographs, paintings, cartoons, songs, video art, performances, … you name it! We look forward to receiving your art and sharing it within our communications.

Good examples would include art addressing issues of respect, equity, inclusion, compensation, workload, wellbeing, or simply celebrating an important event. For this week, we have a photography example shared by the Workers Art & Heritage Centre. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the 1946 strike, a key moment in the fight for industrial unionism in Hamilton, when more than 13,000 Hamilton workers went on strike in the summer and early autumn of 1946, fighting for union recognition, a 40-hour workweek and better wages.⁣ You can visit WAHC’s Workers’ City 20th century tour to learn more about it:⁣ .

Please send an email to if you’re interested in participating or have any questions.

Prizes will be forthcoming too, don’t forget to check our mailer next week for more information!

McMaster Fun & Comfy Zone

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Huge thanks to Nick RandazzoAmirhossein RakhshaJingyi Qu & the other anonymous participant for the wonderful photo submissions this week to the “McMaster Fun & Comfy Zone” for the July theme “Walk around the World! We are enthusiastic to see your photos and know about the interesting things you come across during your walk! Submit here and inspire the McMaster community for a chance to win one of SIX PRIZES available for the winners this month!

Join the McMaster “Fun & Comfy Zone” on Facebook & Instagram! You can watch our demo here for more info. Questions? Contact your International Officer Sarah.

NEW! The Inspiring International Student of the Year Award Program

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The Inspiring International Student of the Year Award Program

The Inspiring International Student of the Year Award Program is implemented and overseen by CUPE 3906 and shall be given to international students who made notable, outstanding efforts to build the McMaster community.


Two awards are available each worth $300.


Any international student. This award is won only once.

Application package

The application consists of three documents (in pdf format):

1-    Up to 500-700-word personal statement addressing the three points mentioned in the evaluation criteria below.

2-    A one-page nomination letter from a McMaster student, faculty or employer. The letter must be signed and includes the contact details of the nominator.

3-    A one-page reference letter from a McMaster faculty or employer. The letter must be signed and includes the contact details of the referee.

Note: Please make sure that each of the three files is named as follows: name of the document_your last name, (e.g., Personal Statement_Adam)

Evaluation criteria:

The applications will be assessed and given scores based on three elements:

  1. Impactfulness,
  2. Initiative for the betterment,
  3. Spirit generosity.

Review process:

Applications are reviewed by the Award Review Committee that consists of non-applicant members from the International Committee and external reviewers from other organizations on campus. The International Officer oversees the review process, yet is Not a reviewer to minimize bias.


Applications open on July 29th, 2021, and close on August 31st, 2021


Results to be announced in October 2021.

Submission portal

Please submit your application here (

General guidelines:

  1. Please note that the failure to comply to the above format will lead to the exclusion of your application.
  2. Please note that the disclosure of any incorrect or misleading information will lead to the denial of your application and may affect your ability to apply to any award programs at McMaster.

For any question:

Please contact the International Officer, Sarah Elshahat at

Announcing CSEU 2021 Annual Congress: Academia, Justice and the Workplace! (August 12-15, online)

Brad WalchukUncategorized

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The pandemic, successive economic crises and further austerity measures have brought what was already a precarious situation for many of us at our workplaces to a breaking point. Particularly in academia, we see these events translating as a shrinking job market, increasing student debt and loss of pay and benefits to workers, with no prospect of improvement. Those of us who managed to keep our jobs must oftentimes still battle with financial insecurity, increasing workload and the added stress on our mental health. What can we as student workers do against this trend?

CSEU 2021: Academia, Justice and the Workplace offers a way to fight back by bringing together researchers, activists and unions from all over North-America and beyond. We will gather for three days of conference panels and presentations, from August 12 till August 14, followed by a plenary on August 15 where delegates will approve resolutions and determine the work and direction of the CSEU (Coalition of Student Employee Unions) over the next year. For four days we will be learning from each other’s experiences and discussing how we can advance justice in our workplaces and academia, with a special focus on the central problems that academic workers struggle with today. Come meet your fellow unions, learn more about the challenges impending upon us and build with us a common strategy to overcome them!

This year’s conference will take place online. We kindly ask you to circulate our Call for Proposals and we remind everyone that registering both as an attendant or as a presenter is entirely free. The entire event is funded by voluntary contributions, there are no costs incurred by participating. REGISTER HERE!

This year’s Annual Congress is being hosted by CUPE 3906 at McMaster University, but there is space for your local to get involved in the planning/hosting as well. Reach out to the CSEU 2021 Annual Congress Organizing Committee at

In solidarity,

CSEU 2021 Annual Congress Organizing Committee

Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School

Brad WalchukUncategorized

It is vital to provide space for Indigenous voices and to amplify those voices. Please see the statement from our Indigenous Solidarity Working Group on the mass grave site found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This is an ongoing reminder of the colonial project on Turtle Island.
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As non-Indigenous allies, our executive committee voted to donate $500 to the residential school survivor society to contribute to the healing Indigenous folks right now. This organization provides many services to the community including counseling services.
For more information, please see: