Trans Fund Deadline May 31

CUPE 3903 has a fund available to members from the broadest diversity of gender identifications and orientations, including but not limited to gender queer, transsexual, gender variant, intersex, and transgender.
Current CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to apply to the fund for any trans* related necessities and surgeries. Please see the application form for possible items covered.The Trans Fund will be administered three times a year (May 31, Sept. 30, Jan. 31) except in emergency situations where members can apply to the committee on an on going basis.

Members can draw on this fund to an annual maximum of $5000 and a lifetime maximum of $15,000. Priority will be given to first time applicants. Provided applicants were members at the time expenses were incurred, applications for past expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Members whose previous claims were adjudicated by Ways and Mens will also be reconsidered. If the total expense of a members claim has not been met, they can reapply in subsequent years.

How to Apply: Application forms can be downloaded from the 3903 website.

Click on ‘Trans Fund Application’ under ‘Useful forms and documents’ or go here:

Poll Clerks Needed Starting May 1: $15/hour

Poll clerks are needed to staff polling stations during the Communications Officer by-elections on May 31June 1-3 and 6-7 

Poll clerks are paid $15 per hour and may work multiple shifts. Only members of CUPE 3903 may apply. Preference will be given to members with previous poll clerk experience, though all members are encouraged to apply.

As you know, the job of poll clerks is to check the ID of members before they vote, distribute ballots to members, and monitor the ballot box during voting.

Each day, polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shifts are usually 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be one polling station at Keele Campus and one at Glendon campus on the following spots:

Keele Campus Polling Station: Vari Hall link (between Vari Hall and Central Square)
Glendon Campus Polling Station: Outside the Cafeteria (across from York Hall, Room 170)

If you are interested in working as a poll clerk, please email In your email, please indicate when you can work as a poll clerk and your mobile phone number.

Communications Officer Candidate Statements

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Please meet  Jeffrey Zavala and Maija Duncan, your candidates for the Communications Officer by-election.

Currently candidates are campaigning for the positions and elections will commence at the May 31st GMM. Mr. Zavala’s candidate statement can be read here, and Ms. Duncan’s can be read here. Polling will continue for 5 days after May 31st at both Glendon and Keele campuses. Locations and times TBA.

Brand New Committee Positions Now Available

At the last GMM we passed a motion to strike a special sub-committee to review practices around postings, NRAs and related grievances. The committee will be made up of three members elected at the May GMM and the Chief Steward Unit 2 and will be responsible for consulting with staff and members to provide recommendations and a report-back to the general membership within six months of being struck. Please consider putting your name forward to for this committee, nominations can be sent

Meanwhile, at the same GMM the Communications Committee expanded from 2 rank and file members to 4. Hence, there are now 2 vacant positions to fill at the same GMM. Please contact any of the VPs if you are interested in serving on this committee. Honoraria is now $750/year (up from $500).

Unit 1 and Unit 2 Long Term Disability (LTD) Information.

Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage provides the necessary financial protection for your most valuable asset – your ability to earn an income. You may be aware of the risk of becoming disabled at any age. This risk increases with age, so it is a great benefit that you are automatically enrolled for coverage. Your employer pays the cost of the coverage.


CUPE 3903 Unit 1 and 2 members that meet the income requirements in the collective agreement are eligible for  coverage. For more information about the extent of this coverage, please see this brochure. A FAQ is also available here.


Reminder: Upcoming GMM

Our next GMM will be on May 31st, 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm in 109 Atkinson. Join us in our next membership meeting for some free food and fellowship as we come together to make vital decision for our union. Voting for the new election for the post of Communications Officer will begin at this meeting. Please note that the 3:30PM end time is a hard deadline, as the Harry Crowe room is booked for right after our meeting. Election boxes will move to the office post-meeting because of these time restrictions.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Communications Officer Position Open

The Communications Officer position is now open. Members have 2 weeks (May 3 – May 17) to nominate themselves for the position by filling out a nomination form in the 3903 office at 143 Atkinson. If the position is contested, elections will commence at the May 31st GMM following a 2 week campaign period.

The Communications Officer’s term will run from May 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017. Please consult the 3903 bylaws (Article 9) for more information about the duties associated with the position.

For more information please contact the CUPE 3903 Elections Officers Hossein Banitabaei <> or Qamar Zaidi <>

Committee Election and Voting Results

During the April 28 GMM members elected committee members and also passed various bylaw amendments. Elections winners are below and the bylaw amendments voted upon can downloaded here.


Postings Officers

David Ravensbergen
Jeffrey Zavala

Extended Health Benefits Committee

Qamar Zaidi

Stewards Council Listserve Moderator

Sayed Hossein Banitabaei


Accessibility Committee – 2 positions

Hossein Banitabaei

Childcare Committee – 3 positions

Brendan Bruce

Evelyn Kissi

CUPE Toronto District Council – 1 position

Brendan Bruce               

Distribution Committee – 3 positions

Hossein Banitabaei                                               

Joint Health and Safety Committee – 2 positions

Sarah Hornstein

Matthew Corbeil                                                          

PDF coordinator – 1 position

Muhammad Raza Sajjad                                                      

Research Grants Fund and Travel Cost Fund Committee – 1 position

Steven Pinter                   

Ways and Means – 3 positions

Hossein Banitabaei

Kyle Belozerov

Sujanthan Sriskandarajah  

CUPE Ontario Convention – 2 delegates

Jacqueline Ristola