Annual General Meeting – April 6th @ 5:30pm – MUMC 1A4

Nancy MacBainNews

It’s time for our Annual General Membership Meeting!

The meeting is taking place on
Wednesday, April 6th at 5:30 P.M.
in MUMC 1A4 (The McMaster Medical Centre, right by the William’s Coffee Pub, follow the signs).
Pizza will be served at 5:00, and childcare costs can be reimbursed.

Agenda items include:
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Important – Upcoming Bargaining Consultations

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 1 Bargaining, Unit 3 Bargaining

In order to prepare for upcoming rounds of bargaining in both Unit 1 (TAs & RAs in lieu) and Unit 3 (Post-docs), your local has organized a series consultations to gain input from members into the changes you would like to see to your collective agreement.

We strongly encourage all members to come out to at least one of the following consultation meetings:

Unit 1

Wednesday March 30th – 2:30-3:30pm – KTH B132
Wednesday March 30th – 4:30-5:30pm – MDCL 1009
Thursday March 31st – 2:30-3:30pm – PC 335
Friday April 1st – 2:30-3:30pm – JHE A101
Monday April 4th – 2:30-3:30pm – ABB 164
Tuesday April 5th – 3:30-4:30pm – TSH B106

Unit 3

Wednesday March 30th – 12:00-2:00pm  – Wentworth Lounge (beside the Phoenix)

Raise the Rates! – Rally April 1st

Nancy MacBainNews, Political Action

CUPE Ontario, OCAP and the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits (CAWDB) has been organizing a campaign to oppose the cuts in social assistance and disability benefits in Ontario, including the cutting of the special diet allowance.  CUPE Ontario affiliated locals (including CUPE 3906) mandated CUPE’s active participation in the Raise the Rates campaign at the 2010 CUPE Ontario convention.  Part of the campaign is a rally to be held on April 1st at noon in Toronto, the day these cuts will come into effect.

For information on the impacts of these proposed cuts and their context in Ontario, check out OCAP’s website.

For information on why this should concern you as a CUPE member, please see the educational leaflet for members.

Buses are being organized in Hamilton to get people to Toronto on April 1st.  If you are interested in reserving a spot on the bus from Hamilton, please contact or so that we can reserve a spot on the bus for you.

We hope to see you on the bus to Toronto on April 1st!

REMINDER – General Membership Meeting Tonight!

Nancy MacBainNews

This is a reminder that the General Membership Meeting will be taking place tonight.

Meeting at 5:30 (free food at 5:00)
MDCL 3024

Free food & door prizes – child care subsidies available.

GMM Rescheduled

Nancy MacBainNews

The GMM originally scheduled for March 15th has been rescheduled to

Tuesday March 22nd
5:30 (free food at 5:00)
MDCL 3024 (follow the signs)

Agenda items include:
– Bylaw changes
– Elections (Unit 1 & 3 Bargaining Teams, Equity Officer, Chief Steward Unit 2, Health & Safety Reps)
– CUPE Ontario Convention elections

We’re also seeking nominations for the annual Mike Skinner Activist Award. Click here to download more information, and the Nomination package.

Rally Against Tuition Fee Hikes

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On May 5th the board of governors at McMaster University will be voting to increase tuition by 5% for Undergrads and Grads and 6-7% for international students. This will be the 6th consecutive year that tuition has gone up at McMaster.

As the the top level administrators see ever increasing salaries and bonuses, we as students see larger classrooms, tutorials, overcrowded study spaces, and face a mountain of debt after we graduate. It is time to say enough is enough!!!

On the 22nd of March we will be holding a rally outside of The McMaster Student Centre in protest of these increases. This is our University, This is out Education, This is our Future, and we Demand to be heard.

This event is being hosted by “Education for All” a group of Grad and Undergrad students who are concerned about the COST and QUALITY of education at this university.

Join us at the rally
March 22nd