Mark Your Calendars: CUPE 3903 Summer Sessions Starting June 14th!

CUPE 3903 is hosting a series of Summer Sessions for all members! Whether you want to dip your toes into labour organizing, share your vast experience, get to know new people, or reconnect with old friends, this is the space for you! These sessions, which will alternate between in person and remote format, will prioritize conversation, brainstorming, and exchange of ideas. Everyone has something to contribute!

The sessions will be arranged around three themes: Organizing Tactics (June), Growing Solidarity (July), and Building Power (August). While the sessions are meant to build into each other, they are also self-contained. If you can only attend a few, we’d love to see you there!  

The next session ‘Making Online Organizing Work’ is Wednesday June 21st at 11 am. Register here!

Mark your calendars for the following dates. All sessions are currently scheduled for 11am-2pm. All in-person sessions will take place in the First Student Centre room 325, on Keele Campus. 

Organizing Tactics 
June 14th: Organizing: What Is It? (in person)
June 21st: Making Online Organizing Work (online)
June 28th: Direct Action Gets the Goods (in person)

Growing Solidarity 
July 12th: Solidarity Roundtable (online)
July 19th: Solidarity in the Classroom (in person)
July 26th: Exploring Online Connections (online)

Building Power
August 9th: Effective Disruptions: Picketing & Beyond (in person)
August 16th: Building Leverage: Strike Mandate Vote (online)
August 23rd: Taking Action: Planning Support for Bargaining (in person)

Accessibility Information
In person sessions will consist of a mix of presentation and small group discussion and use audio-visual materials. ASL interpretation and captioning can be provided upon request. There will be one 45 minute lunch break per session. Food will be provided with attention to dietary restrictions (please indicate your dietary restrictions on your registration form). There will be access to gender-neutral accessible washrooms. Fidgets will be available. There will be air purifiers in the room and adequate room for social distancing. We ask that participants please wear a mask. 

Online sessions will consist of a mix of presentation and small group discussion and use audio-visual materials. CART closed captioning will be available. There will be one scheduled 15 minute break per session. Participants are encouraged to come and go as you need, and to have your camera on or off as you prefer.

Please indicate all other access needs on your registration form. We do not need to know why you need it in order to provide it. Ideally, requests for ASL interpretation would be received at least two weeks before each session; however, we will do our best to meet later requests.