Events in Hamilton This Weekend

Nancy MacBainEquity, News, Political Action

Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

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

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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

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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!

Thanks to everyone who filled out the Unit 1 Bargaining Survey

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 1, Unit 1 Bargaining

Congratulations to the winners of the draw prizes:
1st place – $150 Fortino’s gift card – Hamid Mousavi
2nd place – $100 Fortino’s gift card – Hindra Hindra
3rd place – $50 Phoenix gift card – Elisabeth Lo

Thanks again to everyone who filled out the survey. This year’s survey had a record response rate from across campus – your participation has been invaluable to the bargaining process.

International Day of Mourning for Killed & Injured Workers – April 28th

Nancy MacBainHealth & Safety, News

More than 20 years ago the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 a National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed, suffer disease or injury as a result of work. Every year since, unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather by the thousands to ‘mourn for the dead’. What began through the efforts of Canada’s labour movement is now observed in more than 100 countries. For more information about the Day of Mourning click here.

In Hamilton there will be ceremonies to commemorate the day both on campus and downtown. We encourage all members to attend one of the ceremonies:

City Hall (corner of Main St. & Bay St.) – 10:30am
McMaster (flagpoles in central campus) – 12:30pm

You can also pick up a ribbon to show your support in the CUPE office in Wentworth House B108.