July 26 Tentative GMM Agenda

CUPE 3903 General Membership Meeting
Date: July 26, 2017
Location: Harry Crowe, 109 Atkinson
4pm-7pm

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Tentative Agenda:

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equality Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Approval of June 27, 2017 GMM Minutes
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Bargaining Team Report & Proposals
    1. Bargaining Parameters (for reference)
    2. Bargaining Team Report
    3. Continuing with Bargaining Proposals (brought forward by Bargaining Team)
  8. Notices of Motion
    1. Donation to Rising Tide Toronto for Toxic Tour event ($1,500)
    2. Donation to WCCC Toronto for Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation, and Genocide event
  9. Committee Updates
    1. Vacancies
    2. Nominations
    3. Acclamations
    4. Elections
  10. Matters Arising (time permitting)
    1. Destruction of Ballot Boxes
    2. Donation to Toronto Against Fascism ($1,000)
    3. Donation to Parkdale Organize for Parkdale Rent Strike
    4. Donation to the YU Divest Campaign ($1,000)
    5. Proposed bylaw amendment to Article 10: Committees
    6. Proposed bylaw amendments to Article 14: III Election(s) Phase
  11. Executive Reports
  12. 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.

Committee Vacancies

There are currently four committees with vacancies: Ways & Means Committee, CUPE Toronto District Council, Labour Management Committee (Unit 3 only), and Toronto & York Region Labour Council. A description of each committee can be found below. If you would like to get involved, sitting on a committee (or two!) is a great way to contribute to your local. Every committee position includes an honorarium.

The nomination period is open until July 25, 5 pm. To nominate yourself, email Julian at cupe3903vpu2@gmail.com. Contested positions will be elected at the July 26 General Membership Meeting.

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TFAC Meeting

Wednesday, July 12th, 12pm – 2pm, Union office

Our next TFAC meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, July 12th, 12pm – 2pm, Union office.

A large share of our meeting will be again devoted to discussing bargaining proposals. We will also be discussing future TFAC projects and TFAC strategies for orientations in the Fall. Please join us!

All trans, woman identified, gender queer and gender variant CUPE 3903 members are members of TFAC and are welcome to join our meetings.

If you have any questions, or would like something on the agenda, please get in touch (tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com).

Job Posting: Graphic Designer

Job title: Graphic Designer
Location: CUPE 3903, York University, Toronto

CUPE 3903 is a local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing Teaching Assistants, Contract Faculty, Graduate Assistants, and Part-time Librarians and Archivists.

We require the assistance of a professional graphics designer who can produce visual materials as part of a bargaining campaign for internal and external communications. The content will be distributed on our website, social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter in particular), as well as through conventional printed leaflets and advertisements.

We project that most of the work will take place over the month of August. Applicants must be available to attend meeting and complete design-related tasks in the period from July 2017 to November 2017. The successful candidate is expected to work with their own software and facilities. Hours are flexible.

The successful candidate will be required to work in conjunction with the CUPE 3903 Communications Committee. The Committee will seek to provide initial guidance, ongoing feedback, as well as final approval of the work that is done.

Preference will be given to applicants who are members of CUPE 3903, or, should none be found, members of a union.

This is a non-unionized position in a unionized workplace in which staff are members of CUPE 1281.

Remuneration will be $53.31 per hour. The length of the contract cannot exceed 150 hours. There shall be no contracting out or sub-contracting for any of the work described in the job posting. The employer will not cover software costs.

Please submit your letter of interest, C.V., and samples of previous work by 5 pm on July 21, 2017 via email:

To: cupe3903comms@gmail.com
Subject: Application for Graphics Designer

Interested applicants may direct any queries to cupe3903comms@gmail.com.

CUPE 3903 is committed to employment equity and particularly encourages applications from persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, two-spirited, queer and trans persons, persons from racialized groups, Aboriginal persons, and women.

June 27 GMM: Tentative Agenda

CUPE 3903 General Membership Meeting
Date: June 27, 2017
Location: Harry Crowe, 109 Atkinson
12pm-3pm

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Tentative Agenda:

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equality Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Approval of May 30 GMM Minutes
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Bargaining Team Report
    1. Bargaining Parameters (for reference)
    2. Bargaining Proposals (to be brought forward by Bargaining Team)
  8. Notices of Motion
  9. Committee Nominations, Vacancies, Acclamations, Elections
    1. Acclamations
    2. Vacancies
  10. Matters Arising
    1. Donation to Toronto Against Fascism ($1,000)
    2. Donation to Parkdale Organize for Parkdale Rent Strike
    3. Donation to the YU Divest Campaign ($1,000)
    4. Proposed bylaw amendment to Article 10: Committees
    5. Proposed bylaw amendments to Article 14: III Election(s) Phase
  11. Executive Reports
  12. 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.

TFAC co-chairs statement on Body Blitz Spa exclusion of Trans Women


On June 9th, Body Blitz, a “women’s” only spa in Toronto, denied access to a Trans woman. In the response that followed it became clear that this is not the first time Body Blitz has discriminated against trans women; indeed their policy is to only allow particular types of women to use their services. The Trans Feminist Action Caucus of CUPE 3903 condemns this act as a form of transphobic discrimination and as a violation of human rights. Canada’s Bill C-16 prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.

We understand that many members use Body Blitz as a form of self-care, but until it becomes an accessible and trans inclusive space, we call on CUPE 3903 members to boycott Body Blitz, unsubscribe from their mailing list, and leave them a comment about why you are doing so.

We consider Body Blitz as a transphobic space until they publicly apologize and change their policies to include all women.

To read more about this incident, please go to the following link.

CUPE 3903 Joint Health and Safety Committee Updates

1. Do you feel safe with GoSafe? Tell us your stories

It has come to the attention of CUPE 3903 Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members that GoSafe at Keele campus has in at least one emergency instance refused to respond to calls for walk along service in a particular location on campus. The JHSC is bringing the issue to the employer. If you have had similar issues or other concerns related to GoSafe please contact jhsccupe3903@gmail.com.  

2. Notice of Construction in Biology labs at Glendon

CUPE 3903 JHSC has been notified of construction taking place between May 23, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2017 in Glendon York Hall – Biology. Renovations and alterations are being made to rooms 219 & 343. The notice states,

The contractor/Campus Services and Business Operations employee doing the work has been advised to take all reasonable precautions to minimize the disruption of normal activities and the risk to the health and safety of employees. The following causes of discomfort/inconvenience may occur: dust, noise, overhead hazards, congested work area, restricted access, fumes (adhesives, paint & other finishes).”

Local Area Contact Person for this project: Patrick Banville, patrick.banville@glendon.yorku.ca Project contact: Theo Arvantis, theo@yorku.ca, 416-984-8976

For more information on Workplace Health and Safety Roles and Responsibilities: http://vpfa.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/11/RenConstGuide.pdf

Workers are to notify their supervisor or manager if they have any health or safety concern regarding the construction site, or in their workplace in general. If you have personal health concerns where certain types of repair and maintenance work may have an impact on your health, you should also report to your supervisor.

We want to encourage you to contact the CUPE 3903 JHSC if you have any concerns that are not being addressed, or if you are uncomfortable contacting your supervisor with concerns. Contact CUPE 3903 JHSC: jhsccupe3903@gmail.com 

3. Notice of Construction at Glendon Athletic Club

CUPE 3903 JHSC has been notified of construction taking place between May 22, 2017 and July 10, 2017 in Glendon Athletic Club. Renovations and alterations are being made to the squash courts (the installation of new glass back walls for courts 3 & 4). The notice states:

The contractor/Campus Services and Business Operations employee doing the work has been advised to take all reasonable precautions to minimize the disruption of normal activities and the risk to the health and safety of employees. The following causes of discomfort/inconvenience may occur: dust, noise, overhead hazards, congested work area, restricted access.”

Local Area Contact Person for this project: Aaron Rodrigues, arodrigues@glendon.yorku.ca Project contact: Theo Arvantis, theo@yorku.ca, 416-984-8976

For more information on Workplace Health and Safety Roles and Responsibilities: http://vpfa.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/11/RenConstGuide.pdf

Workers are to notify their supervisor or manager if they have any health or safety concern regarding the construction site, or in their workplace in general. If you have personal health concerns where certain types of repair and maintenance work may have an impact on your health, you should also report to your supervisor.

We want to encourage you to contact the CUPE 3903 JHSC if you have any concerns that are not being addressed, or if you are uncomfortable contacting your supervisor with concerns. Contact CUPE 3903 JHSC: jhsccupe3903@gmail.com 

Bargaining Team Meeting Report – June 13

The Bargaining Team (BT) for Units 1, 2, and 3 met for the seventh time on Tuesday June 13.

AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Quorum Rules
  2. Report back from BT/Exec meeting; a round of report backs
  3. Approval Procedure for Bargaining Team Proposals
  4. Vote on the staff proposals we want to include.
  5. The Steward’s Council approved an event on Monday June 26 at the Fox and the Fiddle at St. George and Bloor at 7:30pm. The theme was a bargaining social.
  6. Communications Committee Liaison

Bargaining Proposals and Procedures

Background

During this week’s BT meeting, quorum rules were established, and the main points from our last joint BT and Executive meeting were discussed to get all members up to date. Members also discussed autonomous and collective voting, working towards a consensus based approach, alongside staff proposals and upcoming social events. All members unanimously appointed Murray Cooke, as the communications Committee Liaison.

The meeting was composed of 7 representatives from the union’s BT.

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Suggest CUPE 3903’s Next Bargaining Slogan!

CUPE 3903 entered bargaining on June 1, which means that we will need to mobilize, campaign, and organize for the best possible deal. This means that we need to communicate to our colleagues, students, and broader community why good contracts make for a better university.

The communications committee would love to hear from you: what slogans or hashtags best reflect your bargaining priorities? Let us know through the form below!

CUPE 3903 Submits Notice to Bargain

On June 1, 2017, CUPE 3903 submitted the official Notice to Bargain to York University. The collective agreements for Unit 1 (teaching assistants), Unit 2 (contract faculty) and Unit 3 (graduate assistants) all expire on August 31, 2017.

You can view the Notice to Bargain here: CUPE 3903 Notice to Bargain 2017

CUPE 3903 signed new collective agreements following a month-long strike in March 2015. Labour unionism relies on the principle that agreements are respected in between bargaining rounds. However, in the time since March 2015, York University has continuously disregarded our agreements: the violation of brand new tuition indexation language for international graduate students, widespread payment failures over the summer of 2015, the elimination of almost 700 jobs in Unit 3, delaying the provision of information mandated through the Unit 2 collective agreement, and leaving Unit 1 members without a paycheque in the summer are only some of the most egregious violations. Bargaining new collective agreements is where we show our collective power and hold the employer to account.

The membership as a whole must weigh in as the bargaining team crafts bargaining proposals. If you haven’t yet, please fill out the bargaining survey. Also, mark your calendars for the June 27 General Membership Meeting, where we will be approving the first set of bargaining proposals. The membership’s political, collective power is the source of any power at the bargaining table.