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October 17

BUFA Welcomes Academic Freedom Advocate Dr. James L. Turk

Academic Freedom is the lifeblood of what professors and librarians at Brock do. It's one of the Brock University Faculty Association's core principles.

To foster a better understanding of academic freedom, BUFA has invited Dr. James L. Turk, an authority on academic freedom at Canadian universities, to speak at Brock on October 30th at 10:00am-11:00am in Pond Inlet. Dr. Turk is a former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University.

 

BUFA would like to extend an invitation to members of other unions at Brock to join our members for his presentation, titled Civility, Precarity and the Demise of Academic Freedom."

For more information on the event

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October 16

ChewOnThis!

In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Friday, October 17th the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network will be participating in ChewOnThis!, part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada. At each event, volunteers will be handing out a ChewOnThis! bag containing a local apple, fridge magnet and a ChewOnThis! postcard.

We invite you to drop by one of the locations on October 17th and add your support for a federal anti-poverty plan - if you can't make it, you can still show support by adding your name at http://www.chewonthis.ca/join.  Despite urging from Committees in the House of Commons, the Senate, and the United Nations, Canada has no federal plan to address poverty.

In Niagara, ChewOnThis! events will be taking place in the following locations:

  • Fort Erie: No Frills and Sobeys on Garrison Rd, Boggio Edwards Pharmacy, 10:30am-12:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm
  • Grimsby: Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership, 61 Main St E, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Niagara Falls: MacBain Community Centre foyer, 7150 Montrose Rd, 8:30-11:30am
  • Port Colborne: Downtown Farmer's Market, 8:00am-12:00pm
  • St. Catharines: 150 King St and 301 St. Paul St, outside of the MTO building, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Welland: Seaway Mall, Centre Court, 11:30am-1:30pm

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October 14

Raise the Rates Presentation
 
Following the GMM, Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00pm in MC A241,  there will be a presentation given but Jon Clark from OCAP on raising the minim wage campaign. Please join us at this presentation on an important issue for many people.

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October 14

Lunch & Learn: Municipal and Trustee Election Lunch

On Monday, October 20th starting at 11:40am in Pond Inlet there will be panel sessions where people have the chance to engage in political process and share with them several reasons why we need to exercise our right to vote. Lunch will be provided.

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October 8

Health & Safety Committee Meeting

The next Health & Safety Committee meeting will be held on Friday, October 10th at 10:30am in MC C402. All members are welcome to attend!

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September 30

Unit 3 Strike Vote

A meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 8th in WH 8G from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This meeting will allow Unit 3 members to have their questions answered and allow for voting. Thursday, October 9th, we will have the ballot box open in the union office from 9am - 5pm to allow members who can't make it on Wednesday to vote

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September 27

PAISC Meeting

The next meeting of the PAISC will be on Saturday, October 4th at 12:00pm in Mahtay Cafe, 241 St. Paul Street. We hope to see you there!
 
On the agenda...
- Continuation of the discussions on the speakers series in Education
- The pamphlet
- The request for donations from the admin
- Plans for future actions and campaigns
 
If you would like to add something to the agenda please contact Nathan at paisc4207@gmail.com.
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September 24

October GMM

The October GMM will take place on October 29th  in MCA 241 at 5:00pm. We welcome all members to attend the meeting!

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September 24

Executive Meeting

The next Executive meeting will be October 22 at 5:00pm in EA 101. All members are welcome to attend!

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September 24

Joint Newsletter & Education Committee and Stewards Council Meeting

Both the Newsletter & Education Committee and the Stewards Council will be holding a meeting on Thursday, October 2 at 2:00pm in MC C402.

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September 24

Activist Welcoming!

This event will take place on Sept. 30th at 6:00pm in WH 204. This event will help activists understand Brock's environment and allows you to meet other like-minded people! There will be free vegan snacks provided at the event. For more information contact mb13ad@brocku.ca 

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September 24

Health & Safety Training Update

Have you completed your H&S training yet?

It has been mandated by the provincial government that every worker complete basic H&S training once.

You can complete the training online via the Health and Safety tab on Sakai. The online training takes less than an hour. When you finish, print your score and give it to your supervisor. You should print your name on the paper. If this is not in your Allocation of Hours, ask your Supervisor to be paid for the training.

A live session was offered and then cancelled.

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September 24

Equity Committee Meeting

The next Equity Committee Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6:00pm in MCC 402. Hope to see you there!

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Septmeber 15

Joint Bargaining Meeting

There will be a joint meeting with the bargaining committee, VP, steward and BSC Tuesday, September 16th at 4-6pm in EA 101. This is likely to be an important meeting, so attendance is strongly encouraged.
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September 10

Alternate for JHSC

We welcome Amy Pham to the Health & Safety team! She will be the Alternate for JHSC Meetings. Gloria is on leave for the Fall term, so Amy will attend Fall meetings in her place. We hope you can come out to the next Health & Safety Committee meeting Monday, September 15th at 4:00pm in EA 102.

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September 10

Municipal Election Candidates

CUPE 4207 is proud to endorse the following municipal candidates in the upcoming elections:

Jeff Burch for mayor of St Catharines. Jeff has a strong background in the labour movement, and will be an excellent progressive voice for workers in the city. 

Laura Ip for St Catharines City Council. Laura is a member of our local, she has campaigned for a living wage in St Catharines, and ran the Hungry Vegan Food Drive. 

Shawn Wilson for City Council in Thorold. Shawn led a 80 day strike against the Lincoln County Humane Society, had opposed privatizing services in Thorold, and has supported 4207 at many events and rallies. 

Phil Wachel for Ward 6 in Welland. Phil is a member of the local's executive, and will be a strong progressive voice for workers in Welland.

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September 10

Speaking out against sexism at Brock

One of our members, Lauren Quinn has written an amazing response to the sexist sign that was displayed on campus during Moveing Day. Please check it out! Here is the article.

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Septmeber 9

Newsletter & Education Committee

The Newsletter & Education Committee will meet next on Thursday, September 18th at 1:00pm in PL 411. Hope to see you there!

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September 5

Equity Committee Meeting

The Equity Committee will be meeting Wednesday, September 10th at 1:00pm in MC C402. All members are welcome to attend!

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September 5

Are You a Tenant? Know Your Rights Workshop

We are sponsoring a free workshop on Tenant rights. There will be a presentation with a question and answer period by Chris Woodall from Niagara North Legal Community Assistance, for students and workers who rent a place to live. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 8th from 1-1:50pm in WH 207.

Event Flyer

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September 5

CUPE 4207 Annual Fall Social

Our Annual Fall Social will take place on Thursday, September 18th from 7:30pm at Merchant Ale House (98 St. Paul Street, Downtown St. Catharines). All are welcome to come out to socialize eat and drink all on the union’s tab! We look forward to meeting our members and having a great time!

Event Facebook page

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September 5

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30pm at St. Catharines Market Square (91 King St.).

Everyone is welcome to join the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre to help stop violence against women. There will be inspirational music, speakers, a candlelight walk, slam poetry, children's activities and refreshments.

For further information, please call (905) 682-7258 or visit sexualassaultniagara.org

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August 13

Upcoming Meetings

As September fast approaches and we all are getting ready for another academic year, the different union committees are busy scheduling September meetings. Here are some upcoming meetings with more to come!  

Executive Committee Meeting: Tuesday, September 9th at 4:45pm in EA 306

Health & Safety Committee Meeting: Monday, September 15th at 4:00pm in EA 102

GMM: Monday, September 15th at 5:00pm in AS 217

If you have any questions or issues you would like to see discussed at the meetings please email us at cupe4207@brocku.ca. All members are welcome to attend!

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August 13

Office Hours

The Unioin Office will be open August 26-29 from 12-4 each day. Please drop in if you have any questions!

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August 11

Creating Harassment Free Workplaces Workshop

CUPE 4207 will be hosting a workshop on Creating Harassment Free Workplaces. The workshop is free to all CUPE members. It will take place on Thursday October 2, 2014 from 5:30pm-8:30pm in EA 104. Coffee and Tea will be served. Please register through http://ontarioeducation.cupe.ca. Click on ‘Program Calendar – Register for a Workshop’ and scroll down to the October 2nd workshop. Please register by Sept. 19th. If you have any questions please contact us at cupe4207@brocku.ca. 

Flyer for October 2 workshop.

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August 7

People's Social Forum

The Niagara Regional Labour Council will be participating in the Peoples Social Forum in Ottawa on August 21 and 22. This will allow people to attend the Opening March and workshops on both days. They have rented a 15 passenger van and will arrive in Ottawa on August 20 and leave Ottawa, August 22 in the afternoon. Accommodation has been reserved at the University of Ottawa Residence. 
 
Delegates to the NRLC who are interested in attending, please complete the form below and email (nrlc.clc@gmail.com) it to the labour council by August 7. Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. After August 7, seating is available to community activists.
 
 
Those who would like to attend the entire event can contact the Hamilton District Labour Council. Please contact hdlc@cogeco.ca or call 905-741-0130.
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August 7

Unit 1 Ad Hoc Ways and Means, and Benefits Committees

The Unit 1 Ad Hoc Ways and Means, and Benifits Committees are meeting next Thursday, August 14th at 10:00am in the Union Office (MC C402). All Unit 1 members are welcome to attend!

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August 6

All Out for Gaza

On Saturday, August 9th at 1:00pm there will be a rally for peace in Gaza. The rally will take place at Hamilton City Hall (71 Main Street West, Hamilton ON). The rally will happen rain or shine so come out with your signs to support ending the war in Gaza! 

For more information go to the Facebook event page.

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July 30

PAISC Meeting

The PAISC meeting will take place on Monday, August 4th at 1:00pm in MCA 323.

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July 30

BLAST Meeting

BLAST will meet next On Friday, August 1 at 2:00pm in MCA 323.

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July 30

End the Occupation- Niagara Flim Screening

The screen will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm in the St. Catharines Library (Mills Room). There is free admission and food. 

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July 23

Reschedule Unit 3 Bargaining Support Meeting

The Unit 3 Bargaining Support Committee meeting has been moved to tomorrow Thursday, July 24. The two meetings will be held at 11:00am and 12:00pm in EA 101. 

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July 23

Health and Safety Meeting

The Health and Safety Committee will meet on Aug. 1st at 10:00am in MC C 402. Any interested member is welcome to attend!

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July 21

Gaza Solidarity Demo

Please join the demonstration on Friday, July 25th at 2:30pm in front of MP Rick Dykstra's office (61 Geneva St. St. Catharines) to show solidarity with the Palestinian people during this time of crisis. Feel free to bring any signs, banners etc, that call for peace and an end to the occupation.

For morinformation please visit the Facebook event page.

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July 11

National Sector Council Conference

CUPE 4207 will be sending two delegates to the National Sector Council Conference. The conference takes place from October 6-9 at the Sheraton Center in Toronto. If you are interested in going to the conference please email cupe4207@brocku.ca by August 1st, 2014. Two delegates will be selected from members who have expressed interest.

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July 9

Equity Committee Meeting

The next Equity Committee meeting will take place this Friday, July 11 at 1:00pm in Mahtay Cafe (241 St. Paul St., St, Catharines). All are welcome to come!

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July 7

Stewards Council Meeting

The Stewards Council Meeting will take place Tuesday, July 8th at 12:00pm in MC C402.

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June 27

“The Myth of Humanitarian Intervention”

The event “The Myth of Humanitarian Intervention” will be held on Thursday, July 10th from 6:30-9pm at Kiwanis Aquatic Center, in the Irene Locke Room on Carleton Street, St. Catharines. The presentation will be on Canada's R2P foreign policy, the on-going conflicts in Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine and now again Iraq and the Canadian government's response. The presentation will be followed by a discussion period. All are welcome to attend this event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/812828865393881/

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June 24

Next Newsletter and Education Committee Meeting

The Newsletter and Education Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, July 3rd at 11:00am in PL 408. All members are welcome to attend. If you would like to add something to the agenda or have any questions please email lizkovacs73@gmail.com.

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June 18

Alternate Member for the Joint Health and Safety Committee

CUPE 4207 is looking for a member to become the alternate member on the Joint Health and Safety Committee. We will be accepting applications for this position. If you are expecting to hold a contract in the Fall of 2014 and are interested in this position, please fill out the application below. Please submit the application to the CUPE 4207 Mailbox (MC C402) or by email to cupe4207@brocku.ca by July 31st, 2014.

Application for Alternate Member for Joint Health and Safety Committee

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June 16

Upcoming Meetings:

Unit 3 Bargaining Support Committee: Tuesday, June 17th at 11:00am in EA 101

PAISC Meeting: Thursday, June 19th at 12:00pm in PL411

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June 4

Let’s Have Some Tea with Tim – Rally on Monday June 9th

Rally starts @ 12pm, 4961 King Street East (Tim Hudak constituency office), Beamsville, Ontario.

Please see schedule of buses here.

Tim Hudak’s PC Party is running on a platform that will run Ontario’s economy into the ground. And young Ontarians will likely find themselves among the casualties.

Why, you ask? Well check out what Tim Hudak is proposing:

       Cuts to 100,000 public sector jobs, leaving young workers most vulnerable to layoff;

 

       Cuts to pension plans for new hires (i.e. young workers) in the public service;

 

       Cuts to important tuition grants that could limit access to post-secondary education for students;

 

       Makes no mention of needed child care supports to help young families in his (factually incorrect) ‘Million Jobs Plan’;

 

       Attacks union rights, which limit the ability of young people to win better wages and workplace benefits.

 

Unfortunately, this list goes on and on and on… (check out Unifor’s scorecard of the main political party platforms at www.unifor.org/ONvotes)

Tim Hudak wants to usher in a U.S. “Tea Party” style of government, built on the promise of lower taxes for the rich and cuts to government services.

The National Pensioners Federation, representing 1 million Canadian seniors, has decided that instead of Tim Hudak bringing his “Tea Party” movement to Ontario, Ontarians should bring the tea party to him… right to his own backyard. 

On June 9, the NPF will hold a mock tea party outside of Tim Hudak’s constituency office in Niagara. And they’ve invited young workers and students to attend. Let’s stand with Ontario’s seniors in a show of intergenerational solidarity. Let’s join in the call to Stop Hudak on June 12. Let’s tell Tim that his Tea Party politics aren’t wanted in this province.

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June 4

All Candidates' Debate on Health Care

Sponsored by: Niagara Health Coalition, Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario Health Coalition and the Retired Teachers of Ontario Branch 14

Bring your questions about health care issues in Niagara to the candidates running in the provincial election.

Attendance is free and all are welcome! Thursday, June 5th Welland Riding 7-9pm at Welland Community Arena Room, 501 King St. West, Welland.

Candidates Participating to Date:

                                      Frank Campion             Progressive Conservative

                                      Cindy Forster                Ontario New Democrats

                                      Benoit Mercier              Liberal

For more information contact: Niagara Health Coalition, 905-932-164 or niagarahealthcoalition@yahoo.ca

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June 3

Congratulations to our President!

At this past CUPE Ontario Convention, Dan Crow was elected to the CUPE Ontario Executive Board. It is great to have the university sector and our local represent on the Ontario Executive Board. Congratulations Dan on your accomplishment.  

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June 3

Unit 3 Bargaining Meeting Update

The date for the first meeting has been set. The meeting will take place on Friday, June 27th at 10:00am. The location of the meeting will be confirmed once a room has been booked.

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June 1

BUFA's New Community Website

BUFA has created a new website that provides updates on the budget and their bargaining. Here is a link to their website. 

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June 1

PAIS Meeting

The meetings of the Political Action and International Solidarity Committee and Brock Labour and Students Together will meet on Friday, June 6th at 12:00pm and will tentatively take place in the union office (MCC 402). If the location changes, a subsequent e-mail will be sent out and the location posted. All members are welcome to come.  For more information, or to add an item to the agenda, please e-mail ncecckin@hotmail.com.

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May 25

Upcoming meetings!

The Health and Safety Committee will be meeting on June 12 @ 4 in MC C 402. All members are welcome. We will be discussing how to best promote basic H&S training that all workers must complete as a condition of employment.


The next Executive Committee Meeting will be on June 12 @ 5 in East Academic 103. Any member is more than welcome to attend.

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May 20

 

It's Time to Care!

Please join us as we advocate for improving care in long-term care homes on Thusrday, May 22nd at 10:30am at Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, 413 Linwell St. and 2:00pm at Welland Hospital: Corner of King and Sixth  (Parking across the street at the arena). 

For more information on this event visit www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca 

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May 19

Political Action and International Solidarity Committee Meeting

The Political Action and International Solidarity Committee will be holding a meeting this Thursday, May 22nd at 12:00pm in MCC 402. The meeting will be about the upcoming provincial election on June 12th, 2014. New members welcome!

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May 15

NO to Animal Circuses!: NO to the "Summer Circus Spectacular"

 

Friday, May 30th 5:30pm at 8 Gale Cr St. Catharines and 4171 Forth Avenue Niagara Falls.

More information on this event 

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May 15

This event is May 24 2:30-5 at the St. Catharines Public Library.

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May 9

Upcoming dates for committee meetings. All members are welcome to attend.

Steward's Council: Monday, May 12th at 4:30pm in MCC 402

Newsletter & Education Committee: Tuesday, May 13th at 10:00am in MCC 402

Website/Email Committee: Tuesday, May 13th at 1:00pm in MCC 402

Exec Meeting: Thursday, May 15th at 5pm in EA 103

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May 9

CUPE Niagara Family Picnic

All are welcome to come out and enjoy the free BBQ and live music! The event will be held on June 14th from 12pm-4pm at the Thorold Arena (70 Front St. N).

 

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May 5

Spring is the time to get involved in your union!

Here are some committees open for members to join.

Any interested Unit 1 member can join:

     - The Unit 1 Ways and Means Committee
     - The Unit 1 Dental Fund Committee

Any member can join:

     - Website / Email Committee

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May 5

July 19 – 20 Summer School (East Academic, Brock)
 
If you are interested in attending one of the workshops at the CUPE Summer School, send an email to cupe4207@brocku.ca Registration will be paid for by the Local.
 
There are 2 spots available: on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Workshops:
 
a) Intro to Stewarding
 
b) Financial Officers
 
c) Steward Learning Series: Disability Issues for Stewards, Building Your Case,