Calling Prospective H&S Reps!

Mitch LaPointeHealth & Safety, News

We need Health and Safety representatives to sit on Joint Health and Safety Committees!

What are Joint Health and Safety Committees?

The Joint Health and Safety Committees, or JHSC for short, is a group of management and labour representatives that meet regularly to discuss Health and Safety issues on McMaster University Main Campus in addition to off-site locations. These individuals also conduct regular inspections of McMaster property to help better identify any safety-related issues that need to be addressed. JHSCs also make recommendations to Senior Management regarding the identification and control of hazards. These recommendations may include building improvements, procedure implementation, training requirements, policies and programs.

JHSC meetings are monthly and you are paid at your regular hourly rate of pay to attend.  At minimum the idea is to be the eyes and ears of the union at these meetings.  You’re encouraged to get involved as much as you want in order to make campus a safer place to work.  Some ways of getting more involved include: getting health and safety training, participating in workplace inspections or joining some of the working groups and sub-committees.  Attached is a list of vacancies we are trying to fill. If you don’t see a position that fits with your work position but you’re interested in getting involved get in touch.


Contact me at: for more information or to get involved.

To be eligible to sit on a committee you need to:

  • Be a member of one of the units that have a vacancy
  • Work in one of the buildings covered by that committee

Read More

Welcome Party!

Nancy MacBainEvents, News

Come out to our second annual Welcome Party!

Thursday October 13th
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (click here for directions)
51 Stuart St – 7:00-11:30pm
Live music, free food & cash bar
This event is only open to members and their invited guests
Childcare available on request 

Unit 1 Bargaining Update Events

Nancy MacBainGeneral, News, Unit 1, Unit 1 Bargaining

Your bargaining team is currently in bargaining with the University for a new contract. Over the next month we’ll be coming around to your departments to talk to members one-on-one to update you about the bargaining process and where things currently stand.

We will also be holding a series of information sessions, and we strongly encourage all members to try and make it out for one or more of the following events:

Tuesday September 20th
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) B105 – 2:30-3:30pm
Free snacks available

Tuesday September 27th
Burke Science Building (BSB) B155 – 2:30-3:30pm
Free snacks available

Monday October 3th
Wentworth Lounge (beside The Phoenix) – 4:00-6:00pm
Free wings and nachos available

Tuesday October 4th
A.N. Bournes Science Building (ABB) 162 – 2:30-3:30pm
Free snacks available

Thursday October 13th – Union Social
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart St – 7:00-11:30pm
Live music, free food & cash bar
This event is only open to members and their invited guests.

General Membership Meeting – Wed. Sept. 28th

Nancy MacBainNews

This is a reminder of the first CUPE 3906 General Membership Meeting of the new academic year.

Our GMM will be held on
September 28th
in MDCL 3020
Refreshments will be available at 5:00PM, and the Local can cover childcare costs.

The agenda will include (but not be limited to) the following items:

– A Motion to Increase the Executive Honourarium
– A Report from the Political Committee
– Discussion and Approval of the 2011/2012 Budget
– Bargaining Updates for Unit 1 and Unit 3
– Election of Open Executive Positions
– Election of a Unit 3 Bargaining Team Members
– Election of Bargaining Support Co-Chairs for Unit 1 and Unit 3
– By-Law Amendments

Graduate Student Dental Problem

Nancy MacBainNews

Dear Graduate Students,

The GSA provides a dental plan for graduate students who are *not* working at least 130hrs as a TA or RA in lieu to TA. If you are working 130 hours or more you are covered under the CUPE dental plan.

Due to a technical error all graduate students were accidentally charged for the GSA Dental Plan on their account.  If you are eligible for the CUPE dental plan (working 130hrs as a TA (or RA in lieu)), this charge will be removed from your account following the September payroll run – you do not have to take any further action.  For all other students, the charge will remain on your account and you will be enrolled in the GSA dental plan (excluding Divinity and MBA).

All graduate students will remain in the GSA Health Plan.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the GSA President Jessica Merolli at We apologize for the inconvenience.

Take Back the Night

Nancy MacBainEquity, Events, General, News, Political Action

The annual Take Back the Night march to end violence against women will be taking place this Thursday, September 15th.

Women-Identified members of the community, and children are welcome for the main march at
City Hall (71 Main St)
Click here for more information

Male-Identified allies are invited to  Taking on the Man: Strategies for Challenging Sexism
Skydragon Centre (27 King William St)
6:15pm (5:30 for sign making)
Discussion followed by a cheering section while the march goes by.
Click here for more information

Political Action Committee Meeting

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

The Political Action Committee is gearing up for another year and we’d like to invite everyone who’s interested to our first meeting on Monday September 19th @4pm.  We’ll be meeting in the CUPE office in Wentworth B108 (below the Phoenix).

For those new to the local, the PAC is a member driven committee of CUPE 3906 that works to extend the union’s social justice and solidarity work within the labour movement and more broadly in McMaster, Hamilton, and the region.  Regular meetings are held to plan events and distribute the local’s donations budget.  All members of CUPE 3906 are welcome to join.  As a member-driven committee we work together on ideas, projects, and actions brought forward by our members -so if you have a specific action, issue, or group you’re interested in working on or with we’d love to hear about it!

If you have any questions, or are unable to make it out to the meeting but would like to get involved, feel free to email me and I can add you to the listserve.  We also maintain a flying-squad listserve where we send out regular updates on events, actions, rallies, or just keep you informed about local issues.  If you’re interested in being added to the list, please let me know.

You can also check us out and see some of our past work at our website.

2nd Annual Hamilton Tour of Struggle

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

Common Cause and the Political Action Committee have put together the final details for the second Hamilton Tour of Struggle (see below).  We’re pretty stoked about it and would like to invite anyone who’s interested in attending to let us know.  If you are interested, I’d just ask that you confirm by replying to by Wednesday so we can make sure there are enough seats for everyone.

When: Saturday September 17th, 5-8pm
Where: We’ll be meeting at 5pm outside the CUPE Office, McMaster Campus (Wentworth Hall below the Phoenix)
Cost: FREE!!
And afterwards? We end off at This Ain’t Hollywood for Dance Dance and Revolution! the official all-ages hip hop after-party of Alterative Welcome Week!