Toronto Solidarity with Six Nations (August 2017)

how to get involved…

1. PLEASE SHARE THE HAUDENOSAUNEE DECLARATION!

The Haudenosaunee Declaration is a statement of the Haudenosaunee people currently blockading Highway 6 in Caledonia. This document can be found here. Please share it widely!

2. PLEASE DONATE!

If you are able, please consider donating. Below you will find a list of items urgently needed and where to drop them off. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated, please contact Lindsay Monture regarding all financial contributions (lindsaymonture@gmail.com).

3. GET INVOLVED!

Please fill out the Volunteer Intake Form to get involved. If you can also help us by sharing this with anyone who will help, we will greatly appreciate it!

Emergency Meeting of CUPE 3903 Members
to Organize Solidarity with Six Nations

Monday, August 28, noon
Dufferin Grove Park, at the fire pit

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEVELOPING SIX NATIONS RESISTANCE PLEASE VISIT: realpeoples.media

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: realpeoplesmedia@gmail.com

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Funding Clawbacks from Members with Extensions

Members of Unit 1 entering their seventh year of a PhD program who have been granted a funding extension should have received the minimum guarantee for year 6 over the summer. We have received reports that this has not occurred, and are collecting information on all those affected. If you are entering year 7 with an extension and have not received $5,384 as minimum guarantee in addition to the Graduate Financial Assistance (GFA) ($814 for domestic students or $1295 for international students) this summer, please contact Sheila Wilmot, our Equity Officer, at cupe3903.equity.officer@gmail.com

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August 23 Tentative GMM Agenda

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, August 23
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bethune College 203

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Tentative agenda:

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equity Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Approval of Minutes
    1. June 27, 2017 GMM Minutes
    2. July 26, 2017 GMM Minutes
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Trustee’s Report
  8. Bargaining
    1. Parameters
    2. Proposals (cont.)
  9. Notices of Motion
    1. Donation to OPIRG York’s DisOrientation week ($2,000)
  10. Committee Updates
  11. Election of Delegates to CUPE National
  12. Matters Arising
    1. Donation to Rising Tide Toronto Toxic Tour ($1,500)
    2. Donation to WCCC Toronto for ‘Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation, and Genocide’ event
    3. Donation to Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project
    4. Donation to Slutwalk Toronto ($800)
  13. Executive Reports
  14. 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.

Call Out for Delegates: CUPE National Convention

The CUPE National Convention will take place in Toronto on October 2-6. We will be sending delegates to represent the local. Delegates have voting power and can help push important issues and innovations within CUPE National. Registration fees are fully covered, and delegates will receive a per diem.

Elections for four delegates will take place at the August 23 GMM. If you would like to be a delegate, please email cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com.

Bylaw Amendment and Committee Election Results

Several balloted votes took place at the July 26 General Membership Meeting. The results are as follows:

Ways and Means Committee: Chantell Morais

Bylaw Amendment: Article 17 2. Election of Negotiating Teams – delete point (f) to remove the selection of a chief negotiator

For: 24
Against: 1

Amendment passes

Bylaw Amendment: Article 14(iii) – Specify that election ballots must be locked away and create recount policies

For: 23
Against: 2

Amendment passes

Bylaw Amendment: Article 10 – Change the election of the Research Grants Fund and Travel Costs Fund Committee to September

For: 24
Against: 1

Amendment passes

Executive Committee Vacancy: Chief Steward Unit 4

Joanne Wadden has resigned from the position of Chief Steward Unit 4 due to a job opportunity. Best of luck Joanne!

Nominations are now open to fill this vacancy, and will close on August 8 at 5pm. This position is open to any member of Unit 4 (part-time librarians) in good standing. Candidates must fill out a nomination form, available at the CUPE 3903 office (143 Atkinson), and sign the register. The nomination form must be signed by two members of Unit 4.

Unfair Labour Practice Update

After many months of negotiations following the April 11 mediation date, CUPE 3903’s Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) suit has been placed in abeyance. This means that the Ontario Labour Board, as well as both parties, have agreed not to hold hearings on this matter for the time being, so that we can focus on bargaining. As per the agreement, once we are in a strike or lock-out position, the matter can be brought before the Board once again. This means that York is on notice: bargain in good faith or this ULP will return, right as tensions are highest.

More information on the ULP is available below.

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July 26 Tentative GMM Agenda

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

Join and share the event on Facebook here!

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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