An Open Letter to Rhonda Lenton: The November 20th Violence is on You

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Dear Dr. Lenton,

On November 20th, a large number of York students and community members staged a protest against a talk by reservists from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The vast majority of the talk’s attendees were outsiders, many of whom had come specifically in the hopes of attacking Palestinian student activists and their allies. While York Security stood by and refused to act, these outsiders assaulted peaceful protesters. One of our members was brought to the hospital after a punch to the back of the head. He was peacefully documenting the protest. These violent outsiders spat at, shoved, and threatened counter-protesters, attempted to steal their phones, attacked marshals who were trying to keep the peace, and stole Palestinian flags so that they could beat counter-protesters with the flagpoles. 

Rhonda Lenton, your letter to the community reveals a shocking ignorance of what took place on November 20th. You have a responsibility to keep our campus safe, and you have failed.

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York Unilaterally Changes Unit 1 and 3 Funding Payments!

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Members of Units 1 and 3 may have received a message from York today about changes to the way Grant-in-Aid (GIA) is paid out. York has unilaterally made these changes without consulting the Local. Worse yet, York attempted to make these changes by inserting language into our collective agreements that was neither agreed to in bargaining nor part of the Arbitrated settlement. York has essentially violated the very principal of Collective Bargaining!

Check out our page on “What you REALLY need to know about Grant-in-Aid” for further information on what this means to you, what we are doing about it, and how to report issues.

Nominate Yourself: Committee By-elections at January GMM.

Email VP Unit 1, Stacey Berquist, by December 16th to nominate yourself for the following committees: International Graduate Student CommitteeResearch Cost Fund CommitteeForum ModeratorDistribution CommitteeCommunications CommitteeAll University Pensions CommitteeChild Care Fund and the JHSC. Further information on the committees, including honoraria can be found on our committee page. Any contested positions will be elected at the January GMM (January 9th).

Stewards’ Council Meeting – December 6th

The next Stewards Council meeting has been scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 1pm in the Harry Crowe Room (109 Atkinson College). Departmental Stewards are expected to attend, or send a representative from their department. All members are welcome to attend Stewards Council. Light lunch and tokens will be provided to attendees. The draft agenda for the meeting is below as are highlights from the last SC meeting on October 30th.

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December GMM (December 4th) Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be December 4th from 11:30am – 2:30pm in Vari Hall, Room 1152A. Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be voting on budget and bylaw amendments, and donation requests. All members are encouraged to attend.

Keep reading for the tentative agenda, accessibility information and more.

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November GMM (November 18) Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be November 18th from 11:30am – 2:30pm in First Student Centre, Room 313. Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be voting on budget and bylaw amendments, and donation requests. All members are encouraged to attend.

Keep reading for the tentative agenda, accessibility information and more.

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Job Posting: Tenure-Track Position, Economics at Glendon

The Department of Economics at Glendon College, York University invites applications for either a professorial or teaching stream tenure-track position in Economics at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2020. Given Glendon’s bilingual mandate, the selected candidate will also participate actively in College-wide service activities in both English and French. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 31, 2020.

Le Département d’économie du Collège universitaire Glendon de l’Université York sollicite des candidatures pour un poste menant à la permanence, volet professoral ou volet enseignement, au rang de professeure adjointe ou professeur adjoint, débutant le 1er juillet 2020. Compte tenu du mandat bilingue du Collège Glendon, la personne retenue participera également activement aux activités de service du Collège en anglais et en français. La date d’échéance de dépôt de la candidature est le 31 janvier 2020.

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Organizing for Power – Upcoming Organizer Training Sessions.

We have an ongoing “Organizing for Power” union/community/student organizer training series led by Jane McAlevey.  Our first session (hosted by CUPE 3903 and CUPE 3902) was a huge success with about 50 people from 7 different unions and community groups attending our group session (this was a small portion of the over 2000 groups who participated across 40 countries).
Our second session, of four, continues on November 12th. We’ll be at Victoria College at the University of Toronto in room 212 from 7-8pm for a discussion on the materials and then from 8-9:30pm for the workshop itself. 

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