General Membership Meeting – December 4th

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The December 4th GMM will take place from 11am–2pm on Zoom.

This meeting will primarily focus on bargaining issues and bargaining proposals for all three units. All members are encouraged to attend.

Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking on this link.

In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number, which will be kept confidential. If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are having any difficulties with registration, please get in touch with Vanessa Lehan-Streisel, VP Unit 2.

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Bargaining Team Vacancies: Unit 2 and Unit 3

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Unit 2: One  Vacancy for Unit 2 Bargaining Team – Nominations open November 23rd – December 4th (5pm)

There is a Unit 2 vacancy on the Bargaining Team, due to a resignation. Nominations for this position are open until Friday, December 4th at 5pm.

To submit your nomination: click on this link to fill out and submit your nomination form.

Contested positions will have a run-off election, with a two-week campaigning period (from December 5th to December 19th), followed by a 5-day voting period. Voting will be administered by Simply Voting.

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Self-Care Workshops in Support of Trans Day of Remembrance

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Are you someone who can lead a self-care workshop?

The Trans Feminist Action Caucus Group is looking for facilitators to organize and lead a workshop on self-care on the week of November 23rd 2020, following Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) (Nov. 20)

What do we mean by self-care?
Self-care: what we do or don’t do to take care of our physical, emotional, & mental well-being. Acknowledging our greatest harms are structural: capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism, & disablism.

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CUPE 3903 is Co-Sponsoring the 12th Annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) – November 1st–30th

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CUPE 3903 is partnering with Work and Labour Studies @York and the Global Labour Research Centre to co-host CLIFF. There will be a series of films introduced and screened each Monday in November at 7pm, followed by a Q&A. This series will provide an opportunity to discuss labour issues as they affect workers globally and locally.

For the full schedule and registration links, click here.

Notice – Upcoming Bargaining Meeting with the Employer – November 25th (9:30am–Noon)

The Bargaining Team is next scheduled to meet with the Employer on Wednesday, November 25 between 9:30am-12pm. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting.

Register in advance for the meeting: November 25th Bargaining Meeting with Employer here

Instructions for registration:

Members will enter their employee number in order to have their membership confirmed. This information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone. If you do not know your employee number, click here for instructions.

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are experiencing any issues, please get in touch with the Bargaining Team

Bargaining Team Update – November 23rd Bargaining Team Meeting

The CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met on Monday, November 23rd. Thanks to the rank-and-file members and members of the Executive Committee who joined our meeting.

At the last meeting with the Employer, held on Monday November 16th, the Employer presented the Bargaining Team with unit-specific proposals to “roll over” the existing Collective Agreements for 3 years (until August 31, 2023) with minor changes. Members can see the Employer’s framework of proposals here.

The Bargaining Team members evaluated the extension frameworks for each unit, and continued discussing strategy, prepared for the upcoming Unit 2 Town Hall and the bargaining meeting with the Employer on November 25th.

Report Back – Second Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on November 16th (4–5pm)

After the initial bargaining session on October 30th, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer on November 16th. In response to the Bargaining Team stating it could not ask its membership to agree to proposals without specifics, the Employer requested the November 16th meeting to present the Bargaining Team with unit-specific proposals to “roll over” the existing Collective Agreements for 3 years (until August 31, 2023) with minor changes. The proposals have a deadline of December 16th. Members can see the Employer’s framework of proposals here.

An automatic extension (i.e. a roll-over) is a practice in contract negotiations where the parties agree to continue the Collective Agreements unchanged for a set amount of time. Since many of our funds and programs expire at the end of each Collective Agreement, the Bargaining Team had previously indicated to the Employer that an automatic extension would not be viable, because those items (dated items) that expire would need to be renegotiated. The Employer responded with this framework, which is not an extension in the legal sense but would limit the scope of what can be bargained this round, if the Union agreed.

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Bargaining Update for November 13th, and Bargaining Meetings with Employer on November 16th and 25th

i) Bargaining Update – November 13th Bargaining Team Meeting

The CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met on Friday, November 13th. Thanks to the rank-and-file members and members of the Executive Committee who joined our meeting.

The Bargaining Team discussed the important matters to bring up in the upcoming meeting with the employer on Monday, November 16th. Representatives of each unit within the Bargaining Team discussed their unit-specific proposals that will be presented at the November 16th General Membership Meeting, to ensure the accuracy of the language with the help of our staff. Equity proposals and bargaining strategy were further discussed in this meeting.

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Candidates’ Statements for the Position of Chief Steward Unit 2

The nomination period for the Chief Steward Unit 2 position has ended. We have two candidates in the running: Elena Chou and Christoper Luszczek.

The campaigning period will run from November 7th to November 20th, and will be followed by a voting period of 5 days, starting at 9:00am on November 21st and ending at 5:00pm on November 25th. As this position is specific to Unit 2, voting is limited to Unit 2 members. All Unit 2 members will receive a voting link via their email. Digital voting will be carried out by Simply Voting.

Candidate statements by Elena Chou and Chris Luszczek:

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