September Committee Elections

According to the bylaws, four committees are elected during the September General Membership Meeting:

  • Childcare Committee
  • Professional Development Fund Committee
  • Research Grants Fund and Travel Costs Fund Committee (Unit 2 only)
  • Ways and Means Committee

Position descriptions are below. If you would like to nominate yourself for any of these positions, email cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com by 5 pm on September 26. Elections will be held for contested positions during the September 27 GMM.

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Sept. 27 – Tentative GMM Agenda

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 27
1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Harry Crowe, 109 Atkinson

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Agenda

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equity Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Approval of June 27, 2017 GMM Minutes
  6. Approval of August 23, 2017 GMM Minutes
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Notices of Motion
    1. Endorsement for Walking With Our Sisters Event
  9. Committee Elections
    1. Childcare Committee (4 positions)
    2. Professional Development Fund Committee (1 coordinator, 2 representatives)
    3. Research Grants Fund and Travel Costs Fund Committee (2 positions – U2 only)
    4. Ways and Means Fund (3 positions)
  10. Matters Arising
    1. Donation to Rising Tide Toronto Toxic Tour ($1,500)
    2. Donation to WCCC Toronto for ‘Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation, and Genocide’ Event
    3. Donation to Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project
    4. Donation to Slutwalk Toronto ($800)
    5. Donation to OPIRG York’s DisOrientation Week ($2,000)
    6. Donation to the Canadian Sikh Marching Band ($2,000)
    7. Changing the Name of the ‘Miscellaneous Working Groups’ budget line to ‘Anti-Racism Working Group’
  11. Bargaining
    1. Parameters
    2. Proposals (cont.)
  12. Executive Reports
  13. Adjournment

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at cupe3903.equity.officer@gmail.com 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.

Bargaining Report – First Meeting with the Employer

Bargaining Report prepared for September 14 SGMM
By the CUPE 3903 Unit 1, 2 and 3 Bargaining Team

Preparation of Bargaining Proposals:

The Unit 1, 2 and 3 Bargaining Team has continued to prepare bargaining proposals for consideration by the membership. Numerous bargaining proposals have been ratified by the membership at the GMMs on July 26 and August 23. We hope to have a complete package of membership-approved bargaining proposals before we meet with the Employer again on September 25.

First Meeting with the Employer, August 29:

The Unit 1, 2 and 3 Bargaining Team met with the Employer for the first time on August 29. The Employer is represented by: Simon Mortimer (legal counsel), Rob Lawson (Associate Director, Faculty Relations), Noura Shaw (Associate Director, Faculty Relations), Lyndon Martin (Dean, Faculty of Education), Kate McPherson (Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies) and Mario Verrilli (Executive Officer, Faculty of Graduate Studies). The lawyer, Simon Mortimer, seems to be taking the lead for the Employer side as their chief negotiator and spokesperson.

The meeting was primarily introductory in nature. We shared our bargaining protocols, including open bargaining, as passed by the CUPE 3903 membership on June 27. All of our meetings with the Employer are open to all members of CUPE 3903. A good number of 3903 members attended this first meeting, but we are hoping more members will be attend as actual bargaining begins. The two substantive issues discussed on August 29 were our Disclosure Request and the Markham campus (see below). Continue reading

Sept. 14 – Tentative Bargaining Proposal SGMM Agenda

Special General Membership Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 14
1:00pm-4:00pm
320 Bethune College

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Tentative Agenda:

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equity Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Bargaining Proposals
    1. Bargaining Team Report-Back
    2. Bargaining Proposals – All Units
  6. Adjournment

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com 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.

PDF Now Accepting Online Applications

The Professional Development Fund (PDF) is now accepting online applications. To apply online, fill out the PDF online application. You will be asked to upload receipts and relevant documents.

Please note that you can still submit a paper application to the office if you prefer. The next deadline of the PDF is September 10.

The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses. Find out more on the PDF page.

 

CUPE Fall School

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) offers classes on such topics as stewarding, labour law, labour history, and more! If you would like to attend any of these classes, CUPE 3903 can cover the costs of registration for a limited number of members.

See the full course offering here: CUPE Fall School. The Fall School runs from October 31 to November 5 and takes place in Toronto.

If you would like to attend, please contact cupe3903chairperson@gmail.com. Spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Act fast! A lot of the more popular classes fill up very quickly.

Fill Out the Unit 3 Bargaining Survey!

Right on time for the influx of new members, the Unit 3 Bargaining Survey awaits your input!

The bargaining team encourages current and former members of Unit 3, as well as non-unionized Research Assistants (RAs), to fill out the survey. This information will be invaluable in determining the needs of the Unit.

Please have your say, and forward the survey widely: Unit 3 Bargaining Survey 

For more information on bargaining, visit the Bargaining tab.