The Autonomy of Student Government Must be Defended

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The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee is deeply concerned to see that the York University administration is attempting to interfere with the democratic processes of the York Federation of Students (YFS). The YFS is a student body governed by its own constitution and bylaws. As such, York University has no authority to dictate the internal affairs of YFS or interfere in student government.

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235 Gosford Blvd. Community Response – Updates

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We’ll be keeping this post up throughout the Winter break to post updates and call outs for support as we receive them.

On November 15th a fire devastated a neighbourhood apartment building, displacing hundreds of residents. It now looks like it may be several months or longer until the tenants can return. Many members have asked how they can support the residents of 235 Gosford Blvd. Keep reading for more information on how to help.

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CUPE 3903 Office Closed Until Monday, January 27th

The CUPE 3903 Office will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Thursday morning our door was smashed in. No one was in the office; no one was hurt and nothing appears to have been taken. Security responded and police have started an investigation. At the moment police are treating the incident as mischief.

The damage to the front door is being repaired but the office will remain closed until Monday.

Thank you to all members who have reached out with support.

Delegates Needed for OUWCC Conference: February 20 – 23

Two members are needed to serve as voting delegates for the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee Conference being held February 20 – 23 in Markham (transportation to Markham is not be provided). The OUWCC is a committee within CUPE Ontario that serves to unite and represent the needs of University workers in locals across the province.

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Multiple Committee Vacancies Up for By-election

Members can nominate themselves for vacancies in the following committees (1 vacancy each): Joint Health and Safety Committee, Distribution Committee, Employment Equity Committee, and Communications Committee. There is also one opening for a Forum Moderator.

Nominations will be accepted via email to Stacey Berquist, VP Unit 1 at cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com by Monday, January 27th. Contested positions will be voted on at the February GMM.

CUPE 3903 in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

At the January GMM, members voted to stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders and all those who oppose the violent cycles of settler colonization.

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation has never ceded their traditional territory to the Canadian state, nor its corporations, and their Aboriginal title has never been extinguished across the land that they continue to occupy today. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation remain stewards of their sovereign territory in the interior of so-called British Columbia. Yet they now face increased militarization on their territories as private and crown corporations attempt to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline (CGL) without consent of the Wet’suwet’en people.

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Important Blanket Application Information for Unit 1

Unit 1 members must use their student Passport York (PPY) log-in to access the correct Unit 1 Blanket Application. If Unit 1 members log-in with their employee PPY they will be taken to the Unit 2 application. This mistake in the application system occurred in 2019 as well, at the time Faculty Relations told us they would look into addressing it. We are disappointed to see that even with a year to work on the issue York continues to make applying for positions more difficult for our Unit 1 members than is necessary.

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Draft Hiring Protocol for Equity Officer (Retirement Replacement)

Our Equity Officer, Sheila Wilmot, has announced her intent to retire. Sheila’s last day will be February 29th. It is critical that we hire a replacement as soon as possible.  A draft hiring protocol will be brought to the membership at the January GMM – this Thursday, January 9th. A link to this draft protocol is below.

We are asking all members to come out to the GMM if they can, as must get started on the hiring process.

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