Canada Post Lockout & CUPE 3906 Benefits

Sathish PichikaGeneral

The nation-wide Canada Post lockout will affect the processing and delivery of your benefits in a variety of ways. Please read the following post carefully.

Equitable Life will continue to process  Unit 1 (TA and RA in lieu) and Unit 3 (Post-doc) dental claims.  The Prosure group will continue to process Unit 2 benefit claims and Unit 1 childcare. Both Equitable Life and Prosure have agreed to send benefits cheques to CUPE 3906 via courier. These cheques can be picked up at the CUPE 3906 office in the basement of Wentworth Hall.

We will try to notify members by email  if a cheque is available for pick up. Members who are expecting a cheque are encouraged to email their up to date contact info to the benefits officer, Rebecca Strung,  at

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has indicated that there is a lot of mail in the system that will not be delivered. This means that benefits claims might be held up on route to Equitable life or Prosure. It also means that benefits cheques that were already mailed out may be stuck in the system.  Members who recently submitted a claim should thus expect long delays. Inquiries about the status of a benefits claim should be directed to the benefits officer at

Please note that Unit 1 vision care and UHIP claims are being held until the end of August and will not be affected by the Canada Post lockout. Click here for more information.

Please feel free to contact Rebecca at or the CUPE office if you have any questions or concerns about how the Canada Post lockout will affect your benefits.

Attention Post-Docs: Special General Membership Meeting on June 16th

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 3, Unit 3 Bargaining

There will be a Special General Membership Meeting to discuss, and vote on, priorities that will inform our proposals for the upcoming round of negotiations with the University. Your contract will expire at the end of August, and your involvement in the process of bargaining a new one is essential to the process.

Make sure your voice is heard – Join us
June 16th  –  4:00-6:00pm  –  MUSC 311/313

Free food will be available  –  Childcare costs are reimbursed on request.

If you have any questions please email

Events in Hamilton This Weekend

Nancy MacBainEquity, News, Political Action

Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

Saturday June 4, 2011
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (51 Stuart St)

Click here for more information.

Slutwalk Hamilton

Everyone deserves respect, protection and justice when faced with sexualized assault and harassment — no matter how we dress or express ourselves. There is too much evidence showing us that survivors of sexualized assault and harassment – usually women – are not only blamed for the abuse they suffer, but are often viewed as having invited it.  Instead of dignity and a place to heal, survivors are often met with shame, blame and further oppression. No one deserves this.

Join us!
Sunday June 5th
Hamilton City Hall

Click here for more information.

Refuse, Resist, Rebel!

Mary Ellen CampbellEvents, General, News, Political Action

May 28th at 8pm
This Ain’t Hollywood

RESIST against a culture in which rape is far too common – one in three Canadian women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
REFUSE to participate in victim blaming and woman hating.
REBEL against the idea that women can’t rock out.

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Building Solidarity From South Africa to Palestine

Nancy MacBainEvents, Political Action

A speaking tour featuring Amjad Barham of PFUUPE, Palestine and representative for the newly formed trade union Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS PTUC-BDS and Dr. Atif.A. Kubursi, Professor Emeritus in Economics at McMaster University

Tuesday May 24th, 6pm
BSB room 108
Free event

This speaking tour will be an important opportunity for debate and discussion on the question of how we as trade unionists can stand in solidarity with Palestinians.  As labour activists, union representatives or grassroots union members, we will be discussing a number of key issues such as,

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General Membership Meeting – this Wednesday

Nancy MacBainNews

This is a reminder of the General Membership Meeting taking place
Wednesday May 18th
5:30pm (free food at 5:00)
MDCL 3024

Childcare reimbursement is available

Agenda items will include:
– Unit 3 bargaining team elections
– Election of Executive positions
– Election of Bargaining Support Co-Chairs
– Election of Reps to Hamilton and District Labour Council
– Ratification of a summary document of Unit 1 bargaining priorities
– By-law Amendments
– Motion for a committee on political endorsements

Saturday Solidarity with USW 1005

Nancy MacBainNews, Political Action

May 14th – 11am – 3pm
USW 1005 Picket Line  (Burlington St – Wilcox Gate)
Meet for the bus at 10:45am – corner of King St E and Bay St

USW Local 1005 have been locked out of their own factory by their Employer, US Steel, since November 7, 2010. Locked out, but not laid off, these workers have not been paid by their employer for almost 5 months now, and US Steel refuses to try to resolve this problem justly or quickly. The Steel Workers continue to picket in front of the factory gates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Join other members of 3906 to show solidarity with lockout Steel Workers!