May Day – International Workers’ Day

Maria MustafaEquity, General, News

There are a bunch of events happening in and around southern Ontario to commemorate May Day, the International Workers Day.

Hamilton

Here in Hamilton there are two events to take part in:

  • The annual Mayday Festival will be taking place on King William St, outside the Skydragon, from 11-4 on May 1st.
  • USWA 1005 is hosting a massive rally and march to protest the loss of manufacturing jobs and nation wrecking. The rally starts at 1:00pm in the Hamilton Convention Centre followed by the march. Workers United, a CUPE 3906 working group for precarious workers will have a contingent in the march – join us under the purple banner!  For more information on the rally and march click here.

Toronto

For CUPE 3906 members living closer to Toronto and looking for ways to participate there are two events:

  • The May First Movement, a coalition of working class organizations and progressive allies, is holding their annual march starting at 1pm. Participants are gathering in the parking lot of the CUPE 4400 building at Bathurst & St. Clair. For more information click here.
  • nooneisillegal, a group that organizes for status for all, is organizing their 5th annual migrant justice march that convenes at 1pm in St. Jamestown, Toronto (between Wellesley St. and Ontario St.) For more information click here.
    BUSES!!!  Community groups from across Toronto and Southern Ontario are sending buses to the nooneisillegal march. If you’re coming down from one of these areas, get on the bus!
    ~ Hamilton: 11AM: 71 Rebecca Street
    ~ Guelph: 10 AM: Guelph’s Covered Bridge (behind the Boathouse, and the Guelph Animal Hospital at 110 Gordon St)
    ~ Kitchener: 10:30 AM: Kitchener City Hall
    ~ Waterloo: 10:30 AM: Waterloo Public Square
    ~ Mississauga: 12:00 NOON: Hurontario & Dundas Street
    ~ Davenport: 12:00 NOON: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road
    ~ Bloor West: 12:15 PM: Sistering, 962 Bloor Street West
    ~ Scarborough: 12:00 PM: 10 Teesdale Place
    ~ Jane and Finch: 11:30 AM: Jane and Finch Mall
    Note: All buses will leave the march at 4:00pm

People First! We Deserve Better! – G8 & G20 PUBLIC RALLY and MARCH

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

QUEEN’S PARK – TORONTO

Saturday, June 26 @ 1:00 p.m.

March ends at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West @ Trinity Drive)

WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
The G8 & G20 Summits taking place in Ontario from June 25-27 offer Canadians a rare opportunity to speak out on priorities that the world’s most wealthy and powerful nations should adopt on economic recovery, environment, human rights, decent jobs, and social justice. Decisions taken by the G8 & G20 governments impact on millions of lives in Canada and around the world.

Join us on June 26. Show the world that Canadians still share the dream of a better world for everyone.

Email ontario@clc-ctc.ca or call 416-441-3710 for more information.

Council of Canadians, Greenpeace, Oxfam Canada, Ontario Federation of Labour, Canadian Labour Congress

May 29 2010: Visions of Science Outreach Day (needs volunteers)

Maria MustafaEquity

Written by Malissa Phung

Dr. Juliet Daniel has been organizing an on-campus event, Visions of Science Outreach, for Saturday, May 29, 2010.  This day-long program of activities and talks aims at inspiring and motivating underprivileged youths in Hamilton to learn more about science and hopefully to work towards careers in science in the future.  If you are interested in volunteering with the set-up of the program, please email Dr. Juliet Daniel at danielj@mcmaster.ca.

Unit 2 Special GMM

Nancy MacBainEvents, General

Title: Unit 2 Special GMM
Location: Divinity College Room 136
Description: We will be holding a Special General Membership Meeting for Sessional
Faculty & Sessional Music Faculty on Thursday, April 15th at 5:00pm in
Divinity College room 136.

The SGMM will be a relatively short meeting including a Bargaining Team
report and an important discussion on our Bargaining Priorities
document.

We hope to see you at this very important meeting.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2010-04-15

IMPORTANT Tax Info for Sessional Faculty

Nancy MacBainGeneral

Claiming a Home Office on your taxes

The University has acknowledged that Sessional Faculty are eligible, in certain circumstances, to have “Declaration of Conditions of Employment – T2200” forms filled out on your behalf when you’re filing your income tax return.

T2200 forms are filled out by Employers to confirm that individuals have employment-related expenses that they can deduct when they file tax returns. The most common reason Sessional Faculty would have for claiming under this provision, would be the existence of home office.

Certain conditions apply to be able claim a home office:Read More

CUPE 3906 All Over the Web!

Nancy MacBainGeneral

Hi everyone!

Just a quick announcement that our news can now be followed in some new ways! We now have a Fan Page on Facebook that will mirror every news item posted on this website, as well as our new Twitter page!

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Hope to hear from you all soon!

Alex

Worker’s Memorial Day

Mitch LaPointeEvents, Health & Safety, News

Title: Worker’s Memorial Day
Description: Meet at the flag polls on campus.

The event is to recognize and remember workers who have been injured or killed at work. Please come out to this short lunch time event.
Start Time: 12:30
Date: 2010-04-28

Anti-Racism in Your Community

Maria MustafaEquity, News

Written by Malissa Phung

March 21, 2010 marked the 50th year anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre when sixty nine South Africans were killed by the police for peacefully protesting against the apartheid “pass laws.” The apartheid government passed legislation that forced coloured and black South Africans to carry passbooks for racial identification, a daily process of surveillance and racialization that restricted and segregated their geographical mobility, place of residence, and labour conditions on the basis of race. This day has since been declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in order to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre and to mobilize a global effort of struggle against racism and discrimination.

On March 21, 2010, Gary McHale and his followers in Caledonia attempted to co-opt this day and organize a so-called “Anti-Racist Rally,” in order to claim that white residents in Caledonia are the victims of “reverse racism” at the hands of people from Six Nations and the provincial government. Some of us from CUPE 3906 joined the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group to protest McHale’s so-called “Anti-Racist Rally,” effectively transforming his rally into a peaceful demonstration that fostered a productive dialogue with the remaining Caledonia residents: as a result, McHale’s “reverse racism” arguments were debunked.

If you would like more information about the contentious topic of “reverse racism” or about the rally in Caledonia, check out the following blog links:

Blog posting that addresses the probematic discourses of some white anti-racists: http://resistracism.wordpress.com/2008/04/05/why-i-hate-white-anti-racists/

CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group: http://3903fnswg.wordpress.com/

And this link to their blog to showcase the ways in which they redeploy the discourse of anti-racism and anti-oppression to protect their white privilege and colonial land claims: http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/join-merlyn-kinrades-anti-racism-rally-in-caledonia-on-march-2110/

Malissa

Who are Contract Faculty?

Brad WalchukNews, Unit 2

In Nov. 2009, I was invited to speak on the status and the culture of Contract Faculty at a conference at the University of Guelph. Several terrific panels and conversations occurred (and I gave my paper, too). One of things arising from the conference was a strong desire and pressing need to improve the data collection on Contract Faculty. Effectively, this is an invisible workforce. Stats Canada, for instance, stopped collecting data on these workers in the mid-1990s. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that data collection stopped just as universities, especially in Ontario, decided on faculty non-renewal policies and turned to contract workers instead. CAUT is only now including them in their surveys. They can’t be blamed for an oversight because only two locals from CUPE have been allowed to affiliate with CAUT and the faculty associations that include contract workers typically only worry about tenure-track postings. Our own MUFA can be held as a shining example. They fiddled away when CLAs were cut to the sound of promises of tenure-stream hires even as the last provost announced a moratorium on such hires.

So, CUPE research and members from York, Athabasca, Carleton began compiling a survey to be released nationally to finally track the workload, the distances travelled, the number of locations worked, etc, of Contract Faculty. In short, the goal is to compile a thorough statistical picture of the day-to-day issues facing these workers. As OUWCC Vice-Chair and as a member of the original discussions, I’ve been lucky to be included in the process. The questions have been developed and the final edits are underway. It will be a web-based survey (using Survey Monkey or a similar engine) and we’ll post a headline and a link as soon as we have it. 

best,

marc.