Special General Membership Meeting | July 30

Bargaining Proposals, Part Two
Wednesday, July 30
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building – Please note location change!
York University
Tentative agenda *
1) Roll call of officers
2) Approval of agenda
3) Reading of the Equality Statement
4) Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
5) Review of last SGMM on bargaining (10 minutes)
6) Discussion of and voting on “pulled” proposals (by theme and priority) (150 minutes)
7) Discussion of date for next SGMM (if necessary) (10 minutes)
8) Adjournment
* Please note that this is only a tentative agenda. It may be slighted amended/updated by the Bargaining Team in the days before the SGMM.
Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903

TFAC Meeting Notice: July 31st 12:30PM

The Trans-Feminist Action Committee is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, July 31st (12:30 – 2:30 PM), located at North Ross 201

All Trans, Woman Identified, Gender Queer and Gender Variant CUPE 3903 Members are Members of TFAC.

So why should you come to this meeting?
-meeting other awesome TFAC folks
-update on TFAC projects
-sexism in the local

We REALLY want folks to come out to our meetings. If there are barriers to your participation please let us known so that we can work on finding solutions.

Email: tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com

*we aim to be conscious of, and respectful of, the time limit.

Special GMM Notice: Bargaining Proposals (Part 2)

Special General Members Meeting on Bargaining Proposals (Part 2) –
Wednesday, July 30 11:30-2:30, Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson

It’s a bargaining year! Our union depends on the collective
participation of the grassroots membership to help shape our demands
to improve our working conditions and learning conditions of the
broader York University community. These SGMMs are designed to
facilitate discussion on concrete bargaining proposals to help steer
our bargaining team negotiations with the employer.

This SGMM will finalize the process that began at the July 11th SGMM.
We will consider the prosposals that were “pulled” from the package at
that meeting. Plus, additional bargaining proposals from the
bargaining team will be introduced for consideration. This is a
critical meeting and we encourage members to attend.

July 21 General Membership Meeting Agenda

Life Sciences Building (rm.103)
(4:30pm – 7:30pm)

1) Roll call of officers (5 minutes)
2) Reading of the Equality Statement
3) Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
4) Reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) (10 minutes)
-June 17, 2014 GMM
5) Matters arising (90 minutes)
- Bargaining Team reportback (10 minutes)
Please see Bylaws Article 17(4)(b): “The Bargaining Team, with the support of the Executive, shall have on-going and wide consultation processes with the membership to support its work. To that end, the Bargaining Team shall give report-backs to the membership at all General Membership meetings.”
- Notice of Donation requests (10 minutes)
- Bylaw amendments (30 minutes)
- York University All Pensions Group Memorandum of Understanding (20 minutes)
- Elections for CUPE trial committee (20 minutes)
6) Treasurer’s report and approving expenditures (10 minutes)
7) Correspondence (5 minutes)
8) Executive Committee report(s) (15 minutes)
9) Reports of committees and delegates (15 minutes)
10) Nominations, Elections, or Oath of Office (45 minutes)
-Committee elections
11) Unfinished business (60 minutes)
-Bylaws (Article 14) Amendment
-Donation request to Honduran labour and social movement activist Bertha Oliva
-Donation request for  memorial commemorating Professor Emeritus Lee Lorch
12) New business
13) Good of the union
14) Adjournment

Statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people

Dear members,

The CUPE 3903 executive endorsed at its meeting on Friday, July 18 the following statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We also passed a motion to endorse today’s city-wide solidarity rally and all ongoing initiatives to oppose the war. The CUPE 3903 Flying Squad will be part of today’s solidarity rally and we encourage members to attend. The details of the rally are as follows:

City-wide rally:

Solidarity with Gaza:
Saturday, July 19
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West
TTC: St. George or Bay | Map

* * * The CUPE 3903 Flying Squad will assemble at 1:45pm in front of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West (TTC: St. George | Map). Please look for the CUPE 3903 flags. * * *

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In solidarity,
The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903
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Letter of solidarity with people in Gaza – July 2014

We, the Executive Committee of CUPE 3903, affirm our solidarity with the occupied Palestinian people and condemn the Israeli government’s military raids, mass arrests and detention of Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Arab villages within the country over the past month. We also condemn in the strongest terms the Israeli government’s ongoing killing and collective punishment of civilians in the Gaza Strip, which have included indiscriminate bombings of civilian homes, universities, hospitals and a rehabilitation centre – actions that are tantamount to war crimes.

We demand that the Israeli government immediately halt its brutal actions and be held accountable to its multiple violations of international law.

We fully support the statement of Gazan civil societies released on July 12, 2014, that urges the implementation of boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005. We press the Canadian government to demand that Israel cease its brutal aggression on the Gazan population. We also call on the Canadian Labour Congress, CUPE Ontario and all other trade union organizations to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. A solidarity statement by CUPE National is available here.

In solidarity,
The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee

Faiz Ahmed, Chairperson
Yasin Kaya, Recording Secretary
Joanne Azevedo, Treasurer
Stephanie Wales, Vice-president Unit 1
Mohamed Banda, Vice-president Unit 2
Ayesha Jabbar, Vice-president Unit 3
James Clark, Chief Steward Unit 1
Murray Cooke, Chief Steward Unit 2
Mustafa Ururyar, Chief Steward Unit 3
Greg Flemming, Grievance Officer
Wai-Kiat Tang, Communications Officer
Megan Hillman, Co-chair, Trans & Feminist Action Caucus
Shourideh Molavi, Co-chair, Trans & Feminist Action Caucus

Bargaining Team: Nominations Open for Unit 3 Positions

The Bargaining Team is looking for Unit 3 members to put their names forward to join the committee and help our members negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, governing our learning and working conditions here at York University. The Chief Electoral Officer has announced that nominations are now open. Please submit your nomination slips at the receptionist desk located at the CUPE 3903 offices at Atkinson 143. The nomination period runs until 4:00PM, July 25th.

Please note that you must have your name co-signed and nominated by another Unit 3 member in good standing. Unit 3 members are generally graduate assistants employed at York University.

BMC Update: Stewards Council reconstituted as Bargaining Mobilization Committee

Greetings,

Here is an update on upcoming events. It’s a mix of important union
meetings, labour solidarity and a social event.

Bargaining Mobilization Committee (formerly Stewards’ Council) Update

Summary:

1)      Stewards’ Council now Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC)
2)      Info Picket at IKEA North York this Saturday July 12, noon
3)      BMC meeting next Tuesday July 15, 5:00-7:00 pm downtown
4)      CUPE 3903 barbeque at Christie Pits, Sunday July 27, 11:00am-3:00pm

Details:

1)      Since we are now bargaining for a new collective agreement
(and following the bylaws and past-practice) the Stewards’ Council has
been reconstituted as the Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC). All
members are welcome to our meetings.

2)      Info Picket at IKEA North York this Saturday July 12 at noon
in support of locked out Teamsters at IKEA Richmond, BC.
IKEA North York is located at 15 Provost Drive (near Leslie TTC
station on the Sheppard line). Our local executive passed a motion
supporting the call for a national boycott of IKEA and endorsing the
solidarity campaign. There will be a CUPE 3903 presence at this info
picket. Please join us. Look for our flags. For more info on the issue
or the info picket, see
https://www.facebook.com/events/889105017770619/

3)      The next Bargaining Mobilization Committee meeting will be
held on Tuesday July 15 from 5:00-7:00pm at a downtown location. We
will confirm the specific location as soon as possible. The BMC is
working on mobilization events over the summer and preparing for the
fall term. All members are welcome to attend. We need your help!

4)      CUPE 3903 barbeque at Christie Pits, Sunday July 27, 11:00am-3:00pm.
The BMC is organizing a barbeque for 3903 members and their families.
It will be fun! For details, see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/661840260574638/

In solidarity,

Murray Cooke
Chief Steward Unit 2

Student Power Working Group Meeting | July 16 2:00PM

Student Power Working Group Meeting | July 16 2:00PM

Hi CUPE 3903 and Student Power members (past and present),

In light of the hike in tuition fees facing incoming international Students this fall, we are organizing a meeting with the York University Graduate Students’ Association to continue our work on a joint campaign to educate the campus community about the fee hikes (what the employer has referred to as a “head tax”).

Please join us in the GSA Lounge (Student Centre, Rm 430) on Monday, July 16th at 2:00pm for a 45-minute meeting about posters and other campaign materials we would like to engage in.

Below is the mandate and decision making structure of this working group, all members and allies are welcome!

Please note that you don’t need to be a member of 3903 to attend!

Thanks!

CUPE 3903 Student Power Working Group: Mandate

Under the banner of “Agitate, Educate, Mobilize”, Student Power works to bring together 3903 members, university students, and political allies for the purpose of the following:

Bridging the divide between workers and students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Promoting workplace justice and accessible education.
Supporting students struggles and demands.
Strengthening 3903′s position vis-à-vis the York University administration.
Developing a culture of active engagement and participatory democracy within 3903 and student groups on campus.

CUPE 3903 Student Power Working Group: Decision-making structure

Decisions will be made through a combination of consensus and voting. If consensus cannot be reached in certain circumstances, a simple majority will determine decisions. Non-3903 members will be allowed and encouraged to participate in decision-making. However, all budgetary decisions will be made by 3903 members only. Recording Sec. and Chair will be chosen informally at every meeting. Quorum will be met when three people attend a meeting. A member of Student Power is considered anybody who actively participates in the working group.

Reminder: Special General Members Meeting (Bargaining)

Special General Members Meeting – Friday, July 11 12:30PM

It’s a bargaining year! Our union depends on the collective participation of the grassroots membership to help shape our demands to improve our working conditions and learning conditions of the broader York University community. These SGMMs are designed to facilitate discussion on concrete bargaining proposals to help steer our bargaining team negotiations with the employer.

Time:
12:30 – 3:30PM

Location:
Life Sciences Building Room 106
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