New Executive Committee at a Glance!

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The new Executive Committee members have assumed charge in their respective positions. The following is a list of the names and the corresponding positions. All Members are encouraged to write to the new Executive Committee to find ways to get involved in the local.

NAME TITLE EMAIL
Stephanie Latella Chairperson cupe3903chairperson@gmail.com
Kaitlin Peters Recording Secretary recsec.cupe3903@gmail.com
Nilloofar Golkar Secretary-Treasurer sectreasurer3903@gmail.com
Ali Gholami Vice-President Unit 1 cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com
Julie Allen Vice-President Unit 2 cupe3903vpu2@gmail.com
Kerry-Ann James Vice-President Unit 3 cupe3903vpu3@gmail.com
Matt Lomas Chief Steward Unit 1 cupe3903csu1@gmail.com
Chris Bailey Chief Steward Unit 2 cupe3903chiefstewardunit2@gmail.com
Vacant Chief Steward Unit 3 cupe3903csu3@gmail.com
Peter Gorman Chief Steward Unit 4 cupe3903csu4@gmail.com
Vedanth Govi Communications Officer cupe3903comms@gmail.com
Parbattie Ramsarran Grievance Officer cupe3903go@gmail.com
Kelsey Ioannoni TFAC Co-Chair tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com
Thania Vega TFAC Co-Chair tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com

Nomination Open on the Extended Health Benefits (EHB) Committee

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A Nomination has reopened on the Extended Health Benefits (EHB) committee. Interested members should email Ali Gholami, VP Unit 1, cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com to nominate themselves or for more information.

Any committees with more nominees than positions open will be voted on at the upcoming General Membership Meeting (GMM). Otherwise, nominees will be acclaimed to their position.

Nominees will be notified if their candidacy will be voted on at the GMM and are then welcome to send a short written candidate statement (max. 150 words) for inclusion in the AGM package.

For further details on the work of each committee and honorarium payment attached to their work, please see here.

UOITFA Letter of Thanks

A letter of thanks was offered by UOITFA to CUPE 3903 and our members for supporting the UOIT Faculty Association as they embarked on the very first strike in their Association’s history. The following are the contents of the letter:

The UOITFA would like to thank you and members of your association for your
generous donation made to support members of the UOIT Faculty Association as we
embarked on the very first strike in our Association’s history. We could not have done it
without you.

We went on strike committed to getting a fair and equitable deal for our members, that
addressed issues such as workload and pay equity, and because of the amazing shows of
solidarity, we were successful in our endeavour. Your support was an incredible source
of inspiration that helped to strengthen our resolve as we fought to strengthen our
collective agreement. It was so encouraging to know that we were not alone in this fight.

Our fight is your fight, and we look forward to supporting you and the entire post-
secondary sector as we continue our collective fight for better working conditions at
Universities across Canada.

Sincerely,
Mike Eklund
President
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association

 

CUPE National BIPOC Gathering (April 9, 2-4pm)

Black, Indigenous and racialized CUPE members are invited to a national gathering on April 9, hosted by CUPE’s national diversity vice-presidents. Register now for this important event and use the invitation to spread the word. Registration deadline is April 1st.

The virtual gathering takes place Saturday, April 9, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST. It will be hosted by Debra Merrier, CUPE National Diversity Vice-President representing Indigenous workers and Aubrey Gonsalves, CUPE National Diversity Vice-President representing Black and racialized workers.

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2022-23 Executive Committee Election Result

Voting in the general election for the Executive Committee closed on Sunday, March 20th at 5pm. With most positions acclaimed, the only position contested was Secretary-Treasurer. Niloofar Golkar was elected with 239 votes. Full results are below:

Niloofar Golkar: 239 (56.0%)
Sylvia Peacock: 188 (44.0%)

Abstentions: 111
Total votes cast: 538

We thank all who participated in the election and wish Niloofar the best in the year ahead!

2022-23 Executive Committee Nominations

The nomination period for the 2022–2023 Executive Committee for the positions of Recording-Secretary and Chief Steward Unit 3 closed at 11:59pm on March 17, 2022. Please find the results below.

Recording-Secretary:
Kaitlin Peters – acclaimed

Chief Steward Unit 3:
No nominees

We congratulate Kaitlin and wish them the very best in the year ahead!

Nominations for Various Committees Reopened – Deadline April 1st (5pm)

Nominations have reopened for the new annual terms of the committee positions listed below. Interested members should email Chris Little, VP Unit 1, cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com to nominate themselves or for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 1st (5pm).

Any committees with more nominees than positions open will be voted on at the April General Membership Meeting (GMM). Otherwise, nominees will be acclaimed to their position.

Nominees will be notified if their candidacy will be voted on at the GMM and are then welcome to send a short written candidate statement (max. 150 words) for inclusion in the AGM package.

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YUFA Reaches Tentative Agreement

YUFA is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached and the YUFA Executive has unanimously voted to send it for ratification by members. Exceptionally long bargaining sessions with a mediator, combined with the members’ strong support for the strike mandate vote, resulted in our Bargaining Team’s success in reaching a tentative agreement.  The union won important gains in the last hours of bargaining.

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Call for Trans Fund Committee Members – Nomination Period Open Until March 21st (5pm)

The Trans Feminist Action Committee and Trans Caucus seeks three (3) self-identified trans* members for the Trans Fund Committee.

The Trans Fund is composed of 3 people whose responsibilities include advertising and promoting the Fund, receiving and reviewing applications, adjudicating applications, determining disbursements and other duties. All of the individuals who are elected to the Trans Fund must be Trans* identified.

The Trans Fund Committee is responsible for adjudicating three rounds (over three semesters) of the Trans Fund and will receive $500 each for the year.

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York Community: Rally Behind YUFA to Protect the University

Following six months of fruitless bargaining, the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) has set a strike deadline of March 24, 2022. CUPE 3903 extends our unfaltering solidarity to our YUFA colleagues and condemns the university administration’s intransigence. The administration seems dedicated to fostering poor labour relations across the university, including in ongoing negotiations with the York University Staff Association (YUSA). Broad, cross-campus solidarity is needed to protect the York community from these continued attacks on fairness, equity, and collegiality, which affect us all.

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