Congratulations to the new Executive!

Nancy MacBainNews

At the Annual General Meeting last night a new Executive was elected for 2012-13 year. Your new executive members are:

President – Anthony Gracey
Vice President – Diana Zawadzki
Vice President External – Blake McCall
Secretary Treasurer – Herman Poon
Recording Secretary – Angela Harrison
Chief Steward Unit 1 – Ian Myhra
Grievance Officer – Hayley Goodchild
Communications Officer – Will Jaques
Health & Safety Officer – Mitch LaPointe
Equity Officer – Sarah Batten
Benefits & Advocacy Officer – Rebecca Strung
Postings Officer – Nick Longaphy
International Officer –  Valentin Cassano

There are nominations for the positions of Chief Steward – Units 2 & 3 that will go forward to the executive committee next week. Elections were unable to be conducted for these two positions due to lack of quorum.

Congratulations to the new executive, and  a huge thanks to outgoing executive members for your excellent service!

CUPE 3906 TA/RA Award – Nominations EXTENDED

Nancy MacBainEvents, News

In recognition of the diverse work carried out by TAs and RAs (in lieu) in the various Faculties across McMaster, CUPE Local 3906 is proud to announce it will be giving out TA awards to members.

Successful candidates will receive a $200.00 prize, a letter of recognition from the current CUPE 3906 Executive, a copy of the nomination form and a certificate of achievement.

Any CUPE Local 3906 member may be nominated for the award by their students, fellow TAs or RAs (in lieu) or by supervising Professors.

There will be six awards given in total, one for each of the following faculties: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Science

The nomination form is available here. The completed form must be returned to the CUPE 3906 office in room B108 of Wentworth House (below the Phoenix) by Friday April 6th. Forms can also be emailed here.  The successful nominees will be notified by email in April and will receive their prizes at the end of our April General Membership Meeting (April 25).

Correction in the form: if you are nominating your colleagues, you can have two other TAs to sign the bottom of the form (“Student 1” and “Student 2” signatures) instead of two students.

Annual General Meeting & Executive Nominations

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The Annual General Membership Meeting will take place on 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
in MUMC 1A5 (beside the William’s)

There will be free food served at 5:00pm. Childcare reimbursement is available on request.
Elections will take place for the CUPE 3906 Executive for the 2012-2013 year.
Nominations for elections need to be submitted in writing using the Executive Nomination Form.
A list of positions available can be found here. Descriptions of the portfolios can be found here.

International Womens’ Day Events in Hamilton

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

Thursday, March 8th:

11:30 – 12:30 pm, Rally at City Hall, then 12:30 – 2:30 pm, March to YWCA.
Entertainment and refreshments. Presented by the International Women’s Day Committee coordinated by SACHA.  Click here for more info.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL) room 3024, McMaster University
“The BIAS FREE Framework – How to Avoid Biases Deriving from Social Hierarchies such as Sexism, Racism, Ableism etc. in Research”. Dr. Margrit Eichler, Professor Emerita OISE/University of Toronto. Presented by The Department of Sociology, Gender Studies and Feminist Research, Human Rights & Equity Services, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community. Click here for more info.

2:30 – 4:30 pm, Gilmour Hall room 111 (Council Chambers), McMaster University
“’Feminism that isn’t screechy’: Talking about gender amongst our (Indigenous) selves”, Dr. Alice Te Punga Somerville, Māori Scholar, Victoria University of Wellington and “Out of the Shadows: Shining a light on the epidemic of violating Haudenosaunee women”, Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, Haudenosaunee Scholar, Indigenous Studies Program, McMaster University. Presented by the Indigenous Studies Program and School of Graduate Studies. Click here for more info.

Click here for a list of other events happening in the Hamilton community.


Rape Awareness Cafe Night

Nancy MacBainEvents, News

On March 7th Feminist Alliance McMaster (FAM) will be hosting a Rape Awareness Cafe Night at Homegrown Hamilton.

This FREE event seeks to…
> Raise students’ awareness of rape & sexual assault
> Offer information about victim support (Male, Female & Trans)
> Challenge traditional attitudes towards rape
> Confront the myths of ‘stranger danger’, and focus on friend/partner rapes
◦In cases reported to police, 80% of survivors knew their assailant. (Statistics Canada, 2003)

The goal of this free event is to promote rape awareness education within our community with intentions of creating a more mindful and cohesive campus. This event reaches out to men and woman, victims, survivors, friends and family for a stronger, safer campus.

We will be hosting:
>Live bands including local band AV Duo
>Poetry slam and creative writing
>Food and Drinks
>Speaker Dr.Montour, McMaster’s Six Nation’s Family Health Team

So come out, get informed and have fun!!
Together we’ll build a safer, stronger Hamilton.

Unit 3 Members Vote to Ratify New Contract

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 3, Unit 3 Bargaining

The Unit 3 membership has voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached in negotiations with McMaster for a new Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

Thanks to everyone for your hard work and support throughout the bargaining process, we wouldn’t have been able to reach this deal without the support of members from across campus.

Rally & March for International Womens’ Day

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

The annual rally and march to commemorate International Womens’ Day will be taking place in Toronto on March 3rd (see details below). This year’s theme will be “Reclaim the City: Good Jobs, Services, Dignity – Together we are Stronger

The rally will take place:
Saturday, March 3, 2012
OISE (252 Bloor St W) 

The rally will be followed by a march leaving OISE at 1:00pm and ending at the Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St) at 2:00pm.



Algonquin Resistance to Assimilation: Barriere Lake Speaks in Hamilton

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

Monday, March 5, 2012
Wentworth Lounge

Join us for light refreshments and a talk by Michel Thusky, a community spokesperson from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake

Come hear about the long-standing resistance of Mitchikanibikok Inik, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, to forced assimilation and cultural extinction. Michel Thusky, a spokesperson from the Algonquin community, will talk about community identity in the context of his people’s struggle to defend their land, their way of life, and their traditional governance system against attacks by the colonial governments of Quebec and Canada.

This is a chance for the Hamilton and McMaster communities to learn about a remote community’s struggle for justice, presented by members of the community who we rarely have a chance to hear from first-hand.

The event is a fundraiser to help cover the community’s legal costs incurred in a costly court battle they’ve been forced into by the Canadian government. All proceeds (after costs are covered) will go to the Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund.

Light refreshments will be served.

Union Night Out at the Bulldogs Game

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There’s a special rate for union members to attend the game between

The Hamilton Bulldogs & The Toronto Marlies
Friday March 9, 2012
$12 per ticket

If you’re interested in attending please email Trevor Trotman at the Hamilton Bulldogs by noon on March 8th and let him know that you’re member of CUPE 3906.

Postdoctoral Fellows – Ratification Vote

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Unit 3, Unit 3 Bargaining

Voting on the Unit 3 agreement will continue

Wednesday, February 29th
from 10:00am-5:00pm
in the entrance to Thode Library.

Click here to download the Bargaining Bulletin outlining the gains made in this round of bargaining.

Who can vote?
To be able to vote you need to either:
• be working as a Post Doctoral Fellow, or
• have a contract-in-hand for a future PDF position – a copy of the letter would be required as proof of the appointment.

If you have any questions please email