Call-Out for Interim CUPE 3903 TFAC Co-Chair

The TFAC logo, a graphic image of a black cat

The TFAC logo, a graphic image of a black cat

The nomination period for the executive position of TFAC co-Chair is currently open and ends May 26th. If the position is contested, a campaign period will run from May 27th to May 10. Members of any unit are eligible for this position. To nominate yourself or ask questions, please email elections officers Marnina Norys or Émilie Pigeon Please see below for a full description of the position responsibilities. Voting will commence June 10th at a scheduled TFAC meeting 1pm – 4pm (location TBA), and will also take place June 11th at both York University and OISE from 11 am – 3 pm (location TBA).

All women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members of the local are automatically members of the Trans Feminist Action Caucus whether or not you have ever attended a meeting. All TFAC members are eligible to nominate themselves for the position of co-chair. The Caucus was formed under the Constitution of Local 3903, which states that the members of any group discriminated against on the grounds enumerated in the Ontario Human Rights Code have the right to form exclusionary caucuses within the local (see Article 12, CUPE 3903 Constitution and Bylaws).CUPE 3903 is strongly committed to equity within our union. We welcome and encourage involvement of persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited, queer and trans persons, persons from racialized groups, and Aboriginal persons.

Collective Responsibilities (All Executive committee members)

  • Attend executive committee (EC) meetings.
  • Call, organize and attend General Membership Meetings (GMMs) and provide monthly reports to the general membership.
  • Participate in Fall orientation sessions and familiarize new members with TFAC
  • Become familiar with the constitution and by-laws of the local, the policy manual, the Collective Agreements (CA) of all units, the member’s manual, Bourinot’s Rules, the constitution of CUPE National and the CA of 1281.
  • Pull together proposed annual budget of the local for presentation and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  • Chair meetings of the executive and the local.
  • Subscribe to lists of the local including NEWS and Stewards Council.
  • All EC members should participate in anti-oppression training.

TFAC co-Chair Responsibilities

  • Oversee Caucus list serve; approve over-sized messages; add members to list
  • Respond to list-serve postings/questions where appropriate
  • Conduct conference registration and payment for members attending conferences
  • Record minutes at TFAC meetings and distribute to members for approval at subsequent meeting
  • Organize regular TFAC meetings at an accessible location
  • In the absence of volunteers, chair TFAC meetings
  • 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 paper work for donations is submitted, and where appropriate, letters are written and mailed
  • Write letters on 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)