Toronto Disability Pride March and Celebration of Life for Kevin Jackson

The Accessibility Committee has endorsed this year’s Toronto Disability Pride March on September 21st (1 pm – 5 pm) which also includes a Celebration of Life for Kevin Jackson. Kevin Jackson was an activist, scholar, and friend to many. He was also a PhD student in Critical Disabilities Studies at York University and a member of CUPE 3903. Kevin passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in early July, leaving behind his fiancee and only family, Melissa Graham. 

Members are encouraged to attend the march to raise awareness of the issues facing people with disabilities in our community and to celebrate the life of Kevin Jackson. The march starts at Queen’s Park and goes to 99 Gerrard Street East where the celebration of life will occur.

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Stewards Council Meeting – September 19th

The next Stewards Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th at 10 am in the CUPE 3903 Office, just prior to the General Membership Meeting (GMM) on the same day, which begins at 12 pm.

All departmental Stewards are encouraged to attend and all general members are welcome. We will have coffee, tea and some light breakfast type snacks. We’ll be planning for the upcoming “Welcome Back BBQ” and need your support!

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September GMM (Sept 19th) & Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be September 19th from 12 – 3pm in ACE (Accolade East) 007. Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be electing delegates for the CUPE National Convention. Several important updates and discussions are also scheduled, and bylaw amendment notices will be given. All members are encouraged to attend.

Keep reading for the tentative agenda, accessibility information and more.

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York Unilaterally Changes Unit 1 and 3 Funding Payments!


Members of Units 1 and 3 may have received a message from York today about changes to the way Grant-in-Aid (GIA) is paid out. York has unilaterally made these changes without consulting the Local. Worse yet, York attempted to make these changes by inserting language into our collective agreements that was neither agreed to in bargaining nor part of the Arbitrated settlement. York has essentially violated the very principal of Collective Bargaining!

Check out our page on “What you REALLY need to know about Grant-in-Aid” for further information on what this means to you, what we are doing about it, and how to report issues.

Several Committee Positions up for Election at September GMM.

Several committee elections will occur at the September GMM (Sept. 19th): Childcare Committee, Professional Development Fund Committee, Research Grants Fund and Travel Costs Fund Committee (Unit 2 only), and the Ways and Means Committee. We will also be electing a Unit 3 LMC Representative and there will be a by-election for one Joint Health and Safety Committee position.

To put your name forward for a position please email Stacey Berquist, Vice President Unit 1 ( by 5pm on Tuesday, September 17th. More details about the committees can be found on the committee page. Brief details are below.

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Notice of Motions: Donations and Bylaw Amendments

Notice of motion has been given to the Recording Secretary for donations to Lee Wiggins daycare, and a legal support fund for A. Markle. Notice of bylaw amendments to Article 10: Committees, Appendix C: Ways and Means, Appendix D: Extended Health Benefits Committee, Appendix E: Professional Development Fund and a notice to amend the Budget have also been given.

Notices of motion can be read here.

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Call Out for Delegates: CUPE National Convention (Oct. 7 – 11)

This year’s CUPE National Convention will take place October 7 – 11, 2019 in Montréal. We will elect four delegates from the General Membership at our next GMM, tentatively scheduled for September 18th (time to be determined). Delegates have voting power and can push for important issues. The local will cover the cost of registration, travel and accommodations, and provide a $65 per diem.

If you would like to be a delegate please email the Recording Secretary by September 16th at 5pm.

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