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!
The Local won the following awards:
Ed Finn Award for excellence in writing for print
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.
**co-winner with PIPSC**
created by former President Nathan Todd
Best use of social media by a union
Winner (volunteer produced): CUPE 3906
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 https://cupe3906.org/tas-unit-1/gender-affirmation-fund/ to find more about it!
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.
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 email@example.com 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.*
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: https://www.workerscity.ca/twentieth-century-tour .
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Huge thanks to Nick Randazzo, Amirhossein Rakhsha, Jingyi 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!
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.
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)
The applications will be assessed and given scores based on three elements:
- Initiative for the betterment,
- Spirit generosity.
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.
Please submit your application here (https://forms.office.com/r/YUSMHsqviT)
- Please note that the failure to comply to the above format will lead to the exclusion of your application.
- 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSEU 2021 Annual Congress Organizing Committee