Nominations Open for the Executive Committee and Bargaining Team (Units 1, 2 & 3)

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Nominations for the Executive Committee and Bargaining Team (Units 1, 2 & 3) open at noon on February 14th. Nominations will be accepted until March 2nd. Two weeks of campaigning will follow the nomination period. Voting will begin at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on the week of March 16th (exact date TBA).

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Complete the E-Voting Working Group Survey

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The e-voting survey that was circulated the week of Feb. 3rd had to be discontinued due to an inadvertent error with the formatting. The survey has been re-mounted below and is now available (Feb. 10th). Thank you to those members who took the time to fill out the survey; our apologies for the inconvenience, but if you have already done the survey, we would appreciate if you could fill out the new survey.

Electoral Officer Needed; Nominate Yourself by February 26th

The role of the Chief Electoral Officers is to organize the elections as per the bylaws. There is one vacant position that needs to be filled immediately. The EOs will need to organize the upcoming Executive Officers and Bargaining Team elections. Members can nominate themselves by 5pm on February 26th by emailing Stacey Berquist, VP Unit 1.

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Solidarity with Anti-CAA and NRC protestors in India

The Executive of CUPE 3903, supports people across India, who have raised their voices against the rising fascism and far-right extremism underpinning the fundamentally discriminatory policies like the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA), and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). These legislative tools are designed to redefine Indian citizenship on the basis of religion and selectively exclude Muslims undermining their rights to equality guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. Moreover, if these laws are allowed to be implemented may potentially create one of the largest crises of statelessness in the world particularly affecting low income, trans, women, internally displaced people among many others. These laws are also blatant violations of India’s commitment to the United Nations International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Under the ruling government’s directives, students, reporters, artists, and the general public have been subjected to severe police brutality and state surveillance. Not to mention that public transit has been halted, gatherings of people have been banned, and banned internet access and phone services across the entire states of Kashmir, Assam, and other major cities. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah’s declaration in a public forum challenging internationally mandated standards of human rights only part and parcel of the larger structures of unfettered fascism that are clear and present throughout the country. We, as a labour union, severely condemn all such acts of state-sanctioned violence that have been deployed against these protesters.

This movement against the NRC and CAA began as a student-led movement but is now being sustained by Muslim women, Kashmiri and Dalit activists, numerous unionized workers and many others. These protestors are defending their rights to equitable citizenship and social justice. Many of these protesters are also demanding an end to the occupation of Kashmir and the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination. This social movement has also provided the necessary infrastructure for many other previously socially and economically excluded groups to express their political agency, both in India and amongst the South-Asian diaspora in Canada. We, as a labour union representing many people who are affected by these laws, are proud to express our solidarity with such a movement.

We believe that the Indian state is failing to be accountable to its citizens and has exhibited a blatant disregard for fundamental human rights. We draw great strength from protesters who continue to turn up in large numbers, despite the imminent threat of being detained for exercising their right to dissent. The Narendra Modi-led BJP government should know that these protests are signs of the changes about to come and that the world is closely watching these events unfold.

In solidarity,
CUPE 3903 Executive Committee

February GMM (February 10th) Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be February 10th from 12:30pm – 3:30pm in Norman Bethune’s (Bethune 203). Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be voting bylaw amendments, as well as donation requests. All members are encouraged to attend.

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

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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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