Nominate Yourself for the Executive Committee

This is a reminder that the nomination period for the executive elections will end on May 30. Nominations for all positions remain open and encouraged, but the following positions have yet to receive a single nomination and we encourage anyone interested to please apply:
  • Lead Steward Unit 2
  • Lead Steward Unit 4

Election Timeline

The election timeline will be as follows:

  • Nominations Period: May 16 – 12pm to May 30 – 12pm
  • Campaigning Period: May 30 – 12pm to June 13 – 12pm
  • Voting Period (via SimplyVoting): June 14 – 5pm to June 19 – 5pm

Nomination Instructions

The online NOMINATION FORM is available here: Executive Committee Nomination Form. The form will close at the end of the nomination period (May 30, 2023 at 12 pm).

To nominate yourself:

  • Nominees must fill out and submit the electronic nomination form linked above.
    The traditional register and nomination form have been combined into a single electronic election nomination form, thus it is the only thing a nominee will need to fill out.
  • A nominee will need to know the names and email addresses of two supporters, who need to be members in good standing. If the nomination is for a Lead Steward or Vice President position, the supporters must be members of the relevant bargaining unit (e.g., for a Unit 1 position, the supporters must be members of Unit 1).
  • Upon submission of the nomination form, the supporters will be automatically contacted by email to endorse the nomination via a pre-populated supporter form. Both supporter forms must be submitted before the deadline in order for the nomination to be considered complete. The form will be disabled at the close of the nomination period. Please note that some people have had the supporter form go to their Junk folder, so if you have agreed to support a candidate, please also check your Junk folder for the form.
  • The nomination period will open at 12pm on May 16th and will close two weeks later on May 30th at 12pm. The nomination form and supporter forms will automatically be disabled at the close of the nomination period.
  • Information concerning the campaigning period and electronic voting will be forthcoming.

Should members have any accessibility concerns, they should contact the Electoral Officers at cupe3903eo@gmail.com, or the Equity Officer at cupe3903equity@gmail.com

Opening Nominations for the Unit 5 Bargaining Team!

A warm welcome to our new Unit 5 members from the Canadian Observatory for Homelessness! Nominations are open for members from Unit 5 to join their bargaining team so that they can negotiate the first Unit 5 collective agreement. This team ideally includes three BT members and one Recording Secretary.

If you are interested in learning more about the Unit 5 bargaining team, bargaining team roles, and bargaining-related matters, please email cupe3903chairperson@gmail.com

To nominate yourself for the Unit 5 bargaining team, please email cupe3903eo@gmail.com

The nomination period will open May 21st and be open for 7 days (until May 28th), with 2 days for campaigning (until May 30th), and 5 days to vote (until June 4th).

TFAC Executive Nominations Open

The nomination period for the two Executive positions of Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC) co-chairs is open and will remain open until 4 PM on June 6th, 2024.

TFAC members of any unit are eligible for this position. All women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members of the local are automatically members of the TFAC whether or not you have ever attended a meeting.

We welcome and strongly encourage involvement of BIPOC persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited, queer and trans persons. Please see below for a full description of the position’s responsibilities.

To nominate yourself, or to ask questions about the position, please email the election officers Khaoula and Orçun, at tfacelection@gmail.com. Nominees are welcome to submit a 300-word statement regarding their interest in the position. These statements will be accepted until 4PM June 6th, 2024.

Voting to elect TFAC Co-Chairs will occur at the TFAC AGM on June 7th, 2024 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. The AGM will be hybrid. We will update with an in-person space (likely the board room in the Atkinson office)!

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

 Only TFAC members may participate in this election.

 TFAC Co-Chair Responsibilities:

  • Organize and advertise TFAC meetings
  • In the absence of volunteers, chair TFAC meetings
  • Oversee the Caucus listserv; add members to list.
  • Respond to list-serve postings/questions where appropriate.
  • Conduct conference registration and payment for members attending conferences.
  • Distribute minutes from the previous meeting to members for approval at the subsequent meeting.
  • Act as a point of contact for local equity groups to advance the work of the Caucus.
  • When donations are approved by the Caucus, the Co-Chairs are responsible for ensuring that paperwork for donations is submitted, and where appropriate, letters are written and mailed.
  • Write letters at the request of the Caucus.
  • Attend meetings of the Executive Committee and General Membership.
  • Provide periodic updates (once per month or less) about the work of the Caucus over the list serve.
  • At the TFAC AGM to be held in February/March each year, propose a budget to the Caucus for discussion and debate.
  • Oversee and help with the formulation and carrying out of Caucus projects.
  • Ensure that TFAC brochures are available in the union office (this may involve updating brochures over time).

Executive Committee Nominations Open May 16

Executive Committee Nominations Open May 16

The CUPE 3903 2024 Executive Committee election nominations period will be open from May 16th at 12pm to May 30th at 12pm.

All members, especially Black, First Nations and racialized members, and members from other equity seeking groups, are strongly encouraged to run for the next executive committee in fulfillment of our equity mandate. For a list of executive positions, please see CUPE 3903 Executive Committee.

(NB: Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC) co-chairs are elected by members of TFAC through an independent election run by TFAC election officers.)

Election Timeline

The election timeline will be as follows:

  • Nominations Period: May 16 – 12pm to May 30 – 12pm
  • Campaigning Period: May 30 – 12pm to June 13 – 12pm
  • Voting Period (via SimplyVoting): June 14 – 5pm to June 19 – 5pm

Nomination Instructions

The online NOMINATION FORM is available here: Executive Committee Nomination Form. The form will close at the end of the nomination period (May 30, 2023 at 12 pm).

To nominate yourself:

  • Nominees must fill out and submit the electronic nomination form linked above.
    The traditional register and nomination form have been combined into a single electronic election nomination form, thus it is the only thing a nominee will need to fill out.
  • A nominee will need to know the names and email addresses of two supporters, who need to be members in good standing. If the nomination is for a Lead Steward or Vice President position, the supporters must be members of the relevant bargaining unit (e.g., for a Unit 1 position, the supporters must be members of Unit 1).
  • Upon submission of the nomination form, the supporters will be automatically contacted by email to endorse the nomination via a pre-populated supporter form. Both supporter forms must be submitted before the deadline in order for the nomination to be considered complete. The form will be disabled at the close of the nomination period. Please note that some people have had the supporter form go to their Junk folder, so if you have agreed to support a candidate, please also check your Junk folder for the form.
  • The nomination period will open at 12pm on May 16th and will close two weeks later on May 30th at 12pm. The nomination form and supporter forms will automatically be disabled at the close of the nomination period.
  • Information concerning the campaigning period and electronic voting will be forthcoming.

Should members have any accessibility concerns, they should contact the Electoral Officers at cupe3903eo@gmail.com, or the Equity Officer at cupe3903equity@gmail.com

New CUPE 3903 Office Hours

During office hours, an executive committee member will be available to greet and help members who stop by. During the summer semester there will not be full coverage of all business hours, but as we approach the fall term and there are more people on campus regularly, we will increase the coverage.

Office hours are hybrid, meaning that there are both online and in-person options for dropping in. Here is the zoom link for online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85813878456?pwd=UGtHdnM5dllzSVNnc3cyazZleU80QT09

For the moment, office hours will be primarily held as Strike HQ at 208-20 De Boers Drive until we’ve fully moved back into Atkinson 143.

Please check this document for the operating CUPE 3903 office schedule.

Statement of Solidarity with Students Protesting in Solidarity with Palestine

Statement of Solidarity with Students Protesting in Solidarity with Palestine

The executive of CUPE 3903 stands in unwavering solidarity with and support for the students and workers across the globe acting in solidarity with Palestinian people. In particular, we recognize and celebrate the tremendous bravery of the students and workers participating in the People’s Circle for Palestine at the University of Toronto encampment, who refused to let academic institutional complicity with the genocide in Palestine by the Israeli State continue. 

There is not one single university left in Gaza. On 18 April 2024, UN experts expressed grave concern over the “pattern of attacks on schools, universities, teachers, and students in the Gaza Strip, raising serious alarm over the systemic destruction of the Palestinian education system”. The International Court of Justice’s preliminary ruling stated that all actions must be taken to prevent further genocide in Gaza. Students and academic workers have shown that they will not sit idly by while genocide takes place. 

We are proud of the CUPE 3903 members and students of the York University community who refuse to let our tuition money and exploitation of our wages be used in business ventures that sustain violence against Palestinians. In particular, much of this labour is being carried by racialized members and by members who experience the violence and repression of the university most heavily. We want to pay special tribute to the Palestinian Solidarity Working Group, a coalition of Jewish, Arab, and many diverse rank-and-file members who have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to peace, justice and freedom for Palestine. 

CUPE 3903 has a long-standing member-driven history of Palestinian solidarity. We were proudly one of the first unions to support the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, called by the Palestinian Civil Society in 2005, to pressure Israel to comply with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights. Since then, our members have called on the York University administration numerous times to divest from on-going investments in weapons manufacturers that profit from Palestinian suffering. To this date, York University still has investments in Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Textron Inc., and Amphenol. These companies all supply weapons and technologies to Israel, and are directly responsible for the forcible displacement and genocide of Palestinian people. The cost of our education should not be the lives of others.

The demands for disclosure of, and divestment from, any financial investments and institutional relationships that facilitate the continuation of violence, genocide, and apartheid have been echoed around the world by students, activists, and workers. These demands reflect a principled stance in support of justice, equality, and human rights for the Palestinian people. 

CUPE 3903 supports the rights of all academics, students, unionists, and activists to speak out against all forms of violence and oppression without fear of intimidation or reprisal. We join Jews Say No to Genocide in “calling on all academic institutions in Toronto and across so-called Canada to uphold their commitment to free expression and to refuse to engage in any efforts that repress lawful and peaceful dissenting pro-Palestinian voices”. 

We denounce any action by university officials, be it York University or otherwise, governments, and police who use or threaten intimidation, aggression, and violence against peaceful activists and academics. These tactics deny students their rights to freedom of assembly and academic freedom as they fight for a world without apartheid and genocide, and for freedom for the Palestinian people.  

Solidarity with encampment actions across the world. We will not be silenced.

Committee Position Nominations Now Open for 2024-2025

Nominations are now open for the new annual terms of committee positions.

Full details about all of our committees are available here. Please note that the Childcare, PDF, Ways and Means, Elections, and Unit 2 Research Grants Fund and Travel Cost Fund Committees are not elected at the AGM.

If you wish to renominate yourself to sit on a committee, nominations are now open and will close on June 9 at 5pm.

Any committees with more nominees than positions open will be voted on at the AGM on June 14th. Otherwise, nominees will be acclaimed to their position.

Nominees will be notified if their candidacy will be voted on at the AGM and the short written candidate statement submitted through the jotform (max 150 words) will be included in the AGM package. There will also be time at the AGM (Friday, June14th) for nominees to briefly speak about their candidacies if they want to.

To nominate yourself, please click here and fill out this JotFormPlease do not email us your nomination and candidate statement this year!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alie Hermanutz, VP Unit 1, at cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com.

Celebrating a New Unit 5! Workers at Canadian Observatory on Homelessness join CUPE 3903!

Workers at Canadian Observatory on Homelessness join CUPE

TORONTO – The staff of a leading homelessness research and policy organization, the
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, became members of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) following a Labour Board decision yesterday.

The workers, who are joining CUPE Local 3903, voted overwhelmingly to form a union on
April 5. Workers initiated the union drive because of low wages, inadequate benefits, and
concerns around a lack of supports as they perform emotionally taxing work.

The Observatory conducts research into solutions to homelessness and is affiliated with York
University, where CUPE’s membership already includes more than 3000 academic and
support workers.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, with 750,000 members
across the country. CUPE represents workers in health care, emergency services, education,
early learning and childcare, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation,
airlines and more.

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For more information, contact:
Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications | 416-576-7316 | csaunders@cupe.ca

https://cupe.ca/workers-canadian-observatory-homelessness-join-cupe?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CUPEToday

TFAC and Trans Fund Election Officers Needed 

Trans Fund Election Officer Needed 
 
We are looking for an election officer for the trans fund committee election in June! Individuals wishing to self-nominate for the position of Trans Fund EO must be trans* identified. Responsibilities include issuing a call-out for Trans Fund Committee nominees and  holding an election via zoom at the TFAC AGM taking place in March.
An honoraria of $250 is provided for this work.
If you are interested in running for this position but cannot make the meeting, please feel free to email the co-chairs by May 14th at 5pm. You can also self nominate at the meeting on May 15th. Nominations will be accepted in person at the meeting. Nominations received via email will be put forward by the TFAC co-chairs even if you do not attend the meeting.
*We employ a broad definition of “trans”, including people who self-identify as Two Spirit, trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, non-binary, gender variant, MTF, FTM, transwoman, transman, gender dysphoric and/or bi-gendered, de-gendered. This list is not exhaustive , nor should it imply that these groups necessarily embrace “trans*” terminology.
2 TFAC Co-Chair Elections Officers Needed
Now that the strike is over, let us resume the regular business of the local! We will be holding the TFAC AGM in June, where we will elect new TFAC co-chairs. In advance of that meeting, we will need to elect up to two election officers who will carry out and run the TFAC co-chair election.
The election officers are responsible for organizing the co-chair election (including scheduling the election time and facilitating the election at the TFAC AGM taking place on zoom in June).
An honoraria of $200 (per election officer) is provided for this work
If you are interested in running for this position but cannot make the meeting, please feel free to email the co-chairs. You can also self nominate at the meeting on May 15th, or nominate yourself via email by May 14th at 5pm (so we can collect your nomination statement if needed).
Nominations will be accepted in person at the meeting. Nominations received via email will be put forward by the TFAC co-chairs even if you do not attend the meeting.
Thanks for your interest!

Launch of New Subsidized Staples Produce Box Program!

Launch of New Subsidized Staples Produce Box Program!

This week we are delighted to launch a new program, which makes available the order of weekly, home-delivered boxes of Toronto FoodShare fresh produce at subsidized rates to members experiencing acute financial hardship and food insecurity. For two weeks maximum per application, members can order a Staples Produce Box at the cost of $10 per week, which includes home delivery on a predesignated day each week and contains 5-6 units of seasonal staple vegetables and fruit for a 1-2-person household (e.g. potatoes, carrots, broccoli, apples, lettuce, lemons, etc.). The contents of the boxes change each week according to season and availability, but the freshness and ethical sourcing is guaranteed! 

This program is specifically intended for members who are having difficulty meeting their basic nutritional needs. Surveys of members that were conducted in summer of 2023 indicated that there are currently members who rely on food banks to support their needs. Thus, the subsidized Staples Produce Box program is meant to provide convenient, urgent, and short-term access to fresh, affordable produce to use in cooking. There are a limited number of boxes available each week, and priority will be given to first-time applicants. Requests which cannot initially be approved will be put on a waitlist for the next available spot. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis and requires timely e-transfer of the $10/box charge each week. 

If you would like to request a Staples Produce Box, please fill out the jot form linked below. You will hear back from us within 48 hours. 

Please fill out this form.

Inquiries can be sent to: 3903produceboxes@gmail.com