Agenda for Special General Membership Meeting (March 11, 2021)

Equity Statement and Land Acknowledgement Statement 

All Unit 2 members in good standing will receive a link to their Bargaining Team ballot via e-mail for “Election Runner”. The link will be sent to your McMaster University e-mail address. The election is to select a bargaining team of 4 members, plus 1 alternate.

There are 5 candidates running. The national constitution requires you to vote for 4 candidates (because there are 4 open positions on the bargaining team), or to abstain. Any ballot containing fewer than 4 candidates will be discarded.

The 4 candidates with the most votes will be declared elected as the bargaining team, while the candidate with the fewest votes will be declared the alternate. There are 5 names and 5 total positions, including the alternate, so there is not the typical 50% threshold as there are no candidates to ‘drop’ from the ballot.

The election will close on Sunday, March 14th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The staff, president, and scrutineers will meet on Monday morning and the results will be shared thereafter.

Written statements from each of the candidates can be found below. They are listed alphabetically, by surname here, but will appear in a random order on each ballot. Please direct any election-related questions to 

Zoi Bogdanova

My name is Zoi Bogdanova and I am a sessional instructor in Faculty of Engineering – Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. I am teaching mainly Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology and Physiology and some technology courses. Previously, I was involved with Health Science department.

I have been a member of CUPE 3906 for eleven years in Unit 2.

Now, I am running for the bargaining team membership. I need your support to be part of it. If I win, my top priority will be to negotiate, bargain and fight for our right and protect our members’ best interests: pay, job security, benefits, pension, professional support, workload, health and safety, wellbeing, and more. I am looking forward to representing you!

Carolyn Capretta

My name is Carolyn Capretta and I am a proud member of CUPE 3906 Unit 2 for over 6 years now. I teach in the DeGroote School of Business and courses include Organization and Environment, Marketing, Human Resource and Labour Relations, Compensation, and Developing Management Skills, with several courses at the MBA level. My focus is on Human Resource Management and I appreciate the efforts of the past bargaining teams. I possess a
base of knowledge and a passion to support the next round of bargaining for Unit 2. For many people, the pandemic has magnified ongoing concerns about wages, job security, working conditions, benefits, and grievance procedures. It is important that all voices are heard and that the education and skills of those of us with precarious employment are recognized at this crucial juncture.

Thank you for considering voting for me to become part of the bargaining team and represent you. I look forward to supporting Unit 2.

Kojo Damptey

My name is Kojo Damptey and I would like to serve on the bargaining committee to address the many challenges facing fellow Unit 2 members. I have been involved in various projects and initiatives at McMaster University since my undergrad. I was a board member of OPIRG McMaster (2009-2015). During my time at OPIRG, we organized various events to celebrate Black History Month and advocated for McMaster to formally acknowledge Black History on campus. Through years of advocacy, the University through the Equity and Inclusion Office are coordinating Black history month celebrations for students, staff, and faculty members.

For years I was part of the President Advisory Council on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC), where I raised issues of racism and how it created a toxic environment for students, faculty members and members of CUPE 3906. This led to the development of “Let’s Talk About Race,” a monthly session open to BIPOC students, Faculty members, sessional instructors and staff to discuss ways to address racism and other forms of oppression at McMaster.
It is these principles of social justice and decoloniality that I would bring to the bargaining discussions with McMaster to ensure equitable outcomes for the members of Unit 2.

Kojo Damptey

Peter Graham

I believe my labour relations knowledge, collective bargaining experience, and familiarity with our membership can help us win a #BetterMac.

I’m a sessional in Labour Studies and have been an active member of CUPE 3906 since serving on Unit 2’s Mobilization Committee during our 2017 round of bargaining. As a member of last year’s Bargaining Committee, I helped my team win modest improvements to our collective agreement.

With your support, I would like to have the opportunity to win more substantive gains for our members this year. I’d like to win higher wages, more job security, and a pension plan. But I’ll focus on whatever issues you want to prioritize – via our membership bargaining survey – in the coming months.

Thank you.

Leon Karan

During my 21 years of working at McMaster I’ve met great people and listen to their views regarding working at McMaster University. I would try to be productive in trying to represent their ideas and raise the teaching level to highest degree as possible. I am aware of mentioned challenging task and glad to join the great work you guys are doing as a representative for bargaining team for Unit 2.

One of the main goals to achieve: Most sessional faculty teachers are holding high degrees of education and are actually the “Back Bone” to education system in Universities Canada wide. They were paid by hours and most of them are working just 6 month. In order to get better pay they are trying to work somewhere else and that lowers the standard of teaching compare to full time employees. Universities still trying to keep the benefits at “Bare Minimum” level as well. It doesn’t look good on motivation in updating their Professional Development and lowering the enthusiasm for making improvements in teaching.

I used to teach Piano Pedagogy at the University for music teachers where already licensed teachers upgraded their skills and knowledge once every 5 years and it was mandatory requirement. Government paid regular salary, month of training, accommodation and transportation. And, it was in capital of Belarus – Minsk, the country with limited financial resources. As a result – musicians from Russia got solid education and are respected in the World for their professional skills. Proper, well rounded education is an important part for society functioning.

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