Unit 2 (Sessionals) Special Meeting to Elect Bargaining Team

Brad WalchukUncategorized

As you may know, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) covering Sessional Faculty and Hourly-Rated Music Faculty expires on August 31, 2020. The CBA is a legal employment contract covering all sessionals that outlines their rights, benefits, and privileges.

Unit 2 members (Hourly-Rated Sessional Music Faculty and Sessional Faculty, including MELD Sessionals) will be electing their bargaining team at a Special General Membership Meeting beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24th in MUSC 311/313. Interested members will have the chance to address the membership short after 12:00 and voting will occur immediately thereafter. The Local’s President, Nathan Todd, will also speak about his experience bargaining with McMaster this past year for Unit 1 (TAs), as well as for Sessionals in 2017 with a Q and A session to follow. As per our by-laws:

The Unit 2 Bargaining committee shall consist of not more than four (4) members in good standing of which the majority must be from Unit 2, elected by Unit 2 members at a General Membership Meeting. The bargaining team may choose to be assisted by an advisor, a staff representative/business agent, and/or a person with secretarial functions. The National Representative assigned to the local shall be a non-voting member of the Committee and shall be consulted at all stages from formulating proposals, through negotiations, to contract ratification by membership.

We also elect an alternate team member in the event that one of the members is unable to complete their term on the bargaining team. Each position comes with a monthly honorarium of $300.

Members can self-nominate (at the meeting or via e-mail in advance) or have someone else nominate them. We encourage all members interested to submit a written statement that will be copied and left in the room for members who arrive who may arrive late. All members who run at the meeting will be given 2 minutes to address their co-workers. In order to be elected, a candidate must receive more than 50% of votes. Subsequent run-off elections will be held, if needed, until 4 members and one alternate have met this threshold. Should more than the required number of members meet this threshold, those receiving the most votes will be elected.

For any questions, please contact president[@]cupe3906.org

February General Membership Meeting

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Further details will be forthcoming, but here is the preliminary information for this month’s General Membership Meeting.


TIME: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

DATE:Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Indigenous Solidarity Working Group Community Grants

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Are you an Indigenous organizer working to develop programming, workshop(s), or event(s) with community? The Indigenous Solidarity Working Group is offering grants of $500 in an effort to support Indigenous students and community members in grassroots organizing. Please see attached for the application form due next Friday February 14, 2020 at 12:00am (midnight). 
Indigenous students and community members connected with McMaster University are encouraged to attend our second official meeting of the term, next Friday February 14th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm in the CUPE office, KTH B111. The ISWG will be hosting a community review of any applications received by the deadline. Come out and learn more about the community work being done by Indigenous folks at McMaster University, and how you can support certain initiatives! 
Please see attached poster and application form for further details. All related inquiries can be sent to Sonia, Chair of the ISWG, at iswg@cupe3906.org.

International Student Night and Cricket Club Launch

Brad WalchukUncategorized

When and Where? Friday, February 7th, 5:30 PM in ABB 273

What? Our International Officer, Avijit Mallick, has been hard at work planning the launch of CUPE 3906’s first-ever Cricket Club! This will occur at our next International Student Night on Friday, February 7th, starting at 5:30 PM in ABB 273.

If you are an international Member of CUPE 3906 (as a TA or RA in-lieu, sessional faculty, or postdoctoral fellow), we would strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you have no interest in cricket, there will be plenty of free food to eat and socializing to do. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have on matters such as your dental coverage and the $200 UHIP rebate. All related inquiries can be sent to Avijit at international@cupe3906.org.

Unit 2 Dental Opt Out- Extended until Feb 3rd at 4 p.m.

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Good news! For those of you who were unable to meet the original deadline to opt out of our dental plan OR to opt in to our family dental plan (Friday, January 31st), we are happy to announce that it’s been extended to 4:00 PM TOMORROW (Monday, February 3rd).
Please note that this option applies only to those of you who are newly hired this term (i.e. you had not previously taught in the 2019/2020 academic year). 
Those wishing to opt out MUST include proof of alternate coverage along with a signed copy of our opt-out form. Hard copies of said form and of the family enrolment form are available on the wall to the right of the Union office (KTH B111). There is also a mailbox to the left of our door for any submissions made outside of office hours.
More information on U2 dental coverage, opt-outs, and family enrolments can be found here.
All related inquiries should be sent to our Administrative Coordinator at administrator@cupe3906.org.
In solidarity,
The CUPE 3906 Executive Committee

REMINDER: Units 1 & 2 Dental Opt-Outs Due Friday, January 31st

Brad WalchukUncategorized

If you’re a newly hired TA or Sessional (i.e. one who has not yet taught in the 2019/20 academic year), the deadline to opt out of our dental plan is Friday, January 31st. Also note that your signed copy of the opt-out form MUST be submitted with proof of alternate coverage . Our office is located in KTH B111, with a mailbox directly beside the main door for submissions made outside of regular working hours.

More information on U1 and U2 dental coverage and opt-outs can be found here.

General Membership Meeting- Jan 29th at noon

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The date of our next General Membership Meeting is:

Wednesday, January 29th
MDCL 3020
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
s start @ 11:45 AM

Sign-ins will begin at 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at 12:00 PM sharp.

Some key agenda items:

Bylaws Committee elections (2 vacancies)
Election for the position of Undergraduate Officer
Appointing member delegates to attend the Canadian Labour Congress
Appointing member delegates to attend the OUWCC Conference
+ more to come

As usual, lunch will be provided (including vegan and gluten-free options). Childcare reimbursements are also available to those who attend.