Representing Part-Time Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Lab Demonstrators, Course Co-ordinators, Marker/Graders, full-time ESL Co-ordinators and all ESL Instructors at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

CUPE 4207: HOME PAGE

                                                                                                                 

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April 3

All Union Town Hall Meeting

All members are invited to attend an All Union Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 8th in Thistle 325.  There are 3 different start times for your convenience: 11:35am, 12:05pm, and 1:05pm (if necessary).

The discussion will revolve around the university's budget cuts and program review.  It is being put on by all the locals on campus: CUPE 1295, CUPE 4207, BUFA and OSSTF.

Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, click here...

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April 3

Unit 3 Bargaining Update

As you know, Unit 3 is currently in a bargaining year.  We will keep you up to date with the latest information.  Here is the latest literature produced by the Unit 3 Bargaining Committee...

Click here to read the Layoff Report...

Click here to read information about Student Numbers...

 

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March 21

WORLD WATER DAY

March 22nd is World Water Day.

The Local has purchased a copy of Tapped, a documentary that focuses on the bottled water industry.

Click here for more information about the documentary...

If you would like to borrow the DVD, please send an email to the Union  
cupe4207@brocku.ca

 

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March 21

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR A NEW HEALTH ACCORD!

The Health Accord expires March 31st. Since 2011, Harper has 
refused to meet with Premiers to negotiate a new accord. Instead, 
the government will cut $36 billion from public health care.
 
Join us March 31st as we call on Harper to get back to the negotiating table. 
 
At the office of Rick Dykstra, Conservative MP 
4:00 pm, 61 Geneva Street, St. Catharines 
905-932-1646 
 
 
It’s time to #Stand4Medicare. 
 

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DEFEAT HUDAK'S AUSTERITY AGENDA: THE OFL AND THE "RIGHTS AT WORK" CAMPAIGN

The Ontario Federation of Labour has started a new "Let's Defend our Rights at Work" campaign to combat Tim Hudak and his anti-union, austerity agenda.  

The OFL has set up a number of meetings throughout the province to co-ordinate workers.  All members are invited and encouraged to attend the Niagara meeting - on Thursday, March 27th, 6pm-9pm, at the Unifor Local 1999 Hall, 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines.  Please RSVP by visiting www.rightsatwork.ca  

 

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March 12

CUPE 4207: FOR YOUR INFORMATION!

Please note that our Bylaws and the Seniority List for Unit 1 have both been updateded on our Web site.

In addition, our Policy Manual for CUPE 4207 has been added to the Web site.

To read our CUPE 4207 Policy Manual or Bylaws, click here...

To access the Unit 1, Unit 2, or Unit 3 Seniority List, click here...

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March 6

PLEASE JOIN US!

 

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February 28

UNIT 1 LUMP SUM PAYMENT

As you know, in our last round of collective bargaining, the employer agreed to provide the union with a lump sum payment.  It is the union's responsibility to let the employer know how we choose to use this money.  The Unit 1 Bargaining Committee will meet to discuss options and draft a recommendation for the local.  This meeting is open to all members.  We would appreciate your feedback on this issue.

This meeting will take place on Monday, March 3, at 4:30pm, in the union office (MCC 402).

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Revised February 12

B.L.A.S.T. - Brock Labour and Students Together

The Political Action and International Solidarity Committee has formed a sub-group that is dedicated to rallying against budget cuts, soaring tuition rates and the privatization of the university.  This group is called B.L.A.S.T. - Brock Labour and Students Together.

On Thursday, February 13th, at 4:45pmBLAST will present a signed petition calling for a tuition freeze for the upcoming school year (2014-2015) to Brock's Board of Trustees. Students and workers will be in attendance to show the Brock administration that tuition hikes are unacceptable and that a tuition freeze is needed.

You are encouraged to attend!  Feel free to invite other Brock students and workers!

If you are a student or worker at Brock who would like to participate in fighting the "university as corporation" agenda, please come out to our meetings.

Click here to read the latest literature from B.L.A.S.T. on the Program Review...

Click here to join the B.L.A.S.T. Facebook group and receive all of the latest, up-to-date news...

 

Click here to email B.L.A.S.T. and get involved!

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February 11

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE BY-ELECTION

As you may know, on February 13th, the provincial by-election will take place for the Niagara Falls riding. One of the candidates running in the by-election is Wayne Gates, Niagara Falls councilor and the president of Unifor Local 199 (formerly CAW). Wayne Gates has a solid history of fighting for workers' rights and for social justice in Niagara. He works in solidarity with labour unions, social justice and animal rights groups, whether in his capacity as a dedicated labour unionist, councilor or a concerned citizen.
CUPE 4207 encourages members who live in the Niagara Falls riding to consider voting for Wayne Gates, a worker candidate who supported our union when we needed it the most. CUPE 4207 openly opposes the austerity agenda of both the Liberal and the Conservative parties, and although it is the longstanding policy of the union not to endorse any political party in any elections, we feel it important to highlight Wayne Gates as a worker candidate. His working class background and his activism is dedicated to bettering the workers social and economic conditions. It is reasonable to believe that Wayne Gates is the best candidate to represent workers in the Niagara Falls riding, a region in a great need of economic boost to improve workers' living conditions and re-establish thriving communities. 

 

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February 6

COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS ONLINE

Just a reminder to all of our members, all three Collective Agreements (for Units 1, 2 and 3) are available on our Web site.

If you would like a free hard copy of the Collective Agreement, please drop by the union office (MCC 402) to pick one up.

Click here to read your Collective Agreement...

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February 5

THE "RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE" CAMPAIGN CONTINUES...

This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. 
1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square. 


Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front.


Other events will be held cities and towns elsewhere in Ontario. 
 

For more information, visit: www.RaisetheMinimumWage.ca.

Visit the Facebook page for the event by clicking here...

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February 4

"THE REALITY OF 'RIGHT TO WORK': PUTTING MIDDLE CLASS OUT OF REACH"

An interesting article written by economist John O'Grady for LIUNA 183 in Toronto, in response to Tim Hudak's proposed "Right to Work" legislation in Ontario.

Click here to read the article...

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February 3

BLAST PETITION: FREEZE TUITION NOW!

BLAST (Brock Labour and Students Together) will be holding informational tables across the university this week (February 3rd-7th) to inform students and workers about Brock's Program Review.

This coalition of Brock students and workers have started a petition to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015 school year, which will be presented to the Brock administration on February 13th.

To sign this petition, visit the BLAST table this week, or drop by the union office, MCC 402.

For more information about BLAST, or to become a member, please visit the BLAST Facebook page by clicking here...

 

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February 3

TELL KATHLEEN WYNNE: DON'T LEGISLATE A POVERTY WAGE!
 
Tweet our Premier:
 
"Don't legislate a poverty wage! @Kathleen_Wynne: Support good jobs & increased spending to boost the economy with #14now #OnPoli"
 
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February 3

CUPE 4207 DELEGATES

Over the next few months, a number of elected delegates (elected at our January GMM by our membership) will represent CUPE 4207 at conferences being held across the country:

- Human Rights Conference (February 10-13, 2014) in Richmond Hill

- OUWCC Conference (February 20-24, 2014) in Niagara Falls

- CLC Conference (May 5-9, 2014) in Montreal

If you have any particular issues you'd like to see our delegates pay close attention to, email us at cupe4207@brocku.ca and we'll be sure to let them know.  After all, they are representing you - the membership!

Reports from these conferences will be given at the March GMM and the September GMM, respectively.

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February 3

HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

The Health and Safety Commitee will meet on Thursday, February 6th at 3pm in the union office (MCC 402).  New members are always welcome to attend.  The agenda:

- First Aid Training

- Water Bottle Filling Station for International Centre

- Mandatory Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors in Ontario (effective July 1, 2014)

- Any other agenda item brought forward by the membership

We hope to see you there!

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February 3

THE LOCAL HAS ELECTED A CONTRACT INSTRUCTOR STEWARD

Congratulations to Pam Frache, who was elected by our membership as the new Contract Instructor Steward for CUPE 4207.

Pam will serve as the Contract Instructor Steward for the remainder of the academic calendar, until April 30, 2014.

The local is still looking for department representatives across the university.  If you are interested, please contact the local at cupe4207@brocku.ca

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February 3

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: NIAGARA CUPE SCHOOL

At the January GMM, the membership voted to send up to 10 delegates to Niagara CUPE School, being offered April 26th-27th at Brock University.  The courses being offered include:

- Introduction to Stewarding

- Responding to the Attack on Sick Leave

- Preparing for Bargaining

- Steward Learning Series

- CUPE Health and Safety

For more information about the educationals, click here...

Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To reserve your spot, please email our Recording Secretary, Phil Wachel, at wachel73@hotmail.com

 

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January 29

EQUITY COMMITTEE EVENT IN FEBRUARY

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January 23

DISASTROUS CAPITALISM AND THE CASE FOR SOCIALISM

 

All members are welcome to attend the following event:

 

A discussion, organized by the Brock Socialist Club

 

Wednesday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.

Room 427, Academic South

 

Sponsored by the Brock Socialist Club

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January 22

Political Economy Speaker Series Event on January 23rd

An invitation is extended to all of our members to attend the following Political Economy Speaker Series event:

Wolfgang Lehmann will present a talk entitled "In a Class of Their Own: How Working-Class Students Experience University."


Wolfgang Lehmann, associate professor of sociology, at University of Western Ontario, specializes in the areas of work, education, and social inequality. His main research focus is on the interplay between structural factors and individual agency in school-work transitions. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded research project investigating the experiences of first-generation, working-class university students.

The event takes place Thursday, January 23rd at 3pm in Plaza 409.

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January 18

GMM Room Changes

Please note that the location for the GMM scheduled for January 29th at 5pm in Thistle 244 has now been changed to Thistle 247. 

The location for the GMM scheduled for March 5th at 5pm in Thistle 244 has also been changed to Thistle 247. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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January 14

Raise the Minimum Wage in Ontario

Across the province, people are making the call to Ontario's Premier, Kathleen Wynne, to demand a raise in the minimum wage to $14/hour.

Join the province-wide call-in day.  Call Premier Kathleen Wynne at (416) 425-6777 and your local MPP.

For more information on the campaign, click here...

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January 14

2014 is a Perfect Time to GET INVOLVED IN YOUR UNION

JOIN ANY OF OUR ACTIVE COMMITTEES THIS YEAR

NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SITE TO VIEW MEETING DATES AND LOCATIONS

-- Anti-Bullying Coalition

-- Organizing Committee 

-- Political Action and International Solidarity Committee 

-- Education and Newsletter Committee

-- Health and Safety Committee

-- Women's Committee

-- Equity Committee

-- Policy, Finance and Bylaw Committee

-- Stewards' Council

-- Executive Committee

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Updated December 19

CUPE 4207 In Solidarity with Red Cross PSWs

Approximately 200 Personal Support Workers in Niagara are on strike against the Red Cross, which is an agency contracted by the CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) to provide homecare services, primarily to the elderly and patients recently discharged from the hospital. 
 
It is cold out there but spirits are good on the picket line.  We encourage all members of our local to drop by the line to show your support for these workers in their efforts to get the Red Cross to bargain:

Tuesday, December 17 between 6 am and 5 pm.  Picket location is at the Canadian Red Cross Building - 11 Export Avenue in St. Catharines, located between Welland Ave and Dieppe Rd.
 
Wednesday, December 18 the PSWs will picket in London, Ontario.
 
Thursday, December 19 the picket will be located at the Canadian Red Cross Building - 11 Export Avenue in St. Catharines, located between Welland Ave and Dieppe Rd.
 
Here is the information on the flyer that the workers are giving to occupants of vehicles entering the plaza where the CCAC is located.  Further info is also on a website at www.Justice4PSWs.ca.
 
Red Cross Care Partners makes its profit by keeping wages down and using public funds to enrich its executives. Personal Support Workers are taken for granted while they take care of our seniors and sustain our health system. This is a job that deserves respect, fair treatment and justice!
  • In 2012 the non-profit Canadian Red Cross Society created a new homecare agency by merging its operations in Ontario with CarePartners, a for-profit company.
  • Since 2008 the total funding given to these combined agencies by the Ontario government has increased by 43%; in 2013 the funding is projected to be $143 million
  • Approximately half of every taxpayer dollar is given to Red Cross Care Partners for homecare services goes towards administration, including executive salaries and profit
  • In 2012 the CEO of the Canadian Red Cross Society was given a 9% pay increase, bringing his salary to $297 thousand, which is 11 times the average salary of a Personal Support Worker
  • In the last two years PSW earnings have been reduced by 7% as a result of a wage freeze, inflation and raising gas prices, which have gone up by 23%
  • PSWs received a one-cent increase for gas mileage in 2011, forcing those who drive long distances to pay out of their own pocket the rising cost of visiting their clients

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December 17

CUPE 4207 In Solidarity with Sex Workers

Today, December 17, is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Nobody should have to face violence on the job, or because of his/her job. Nobody should face police harassment because of his/her job. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Learn more about International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, by clicking here...

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December 2

Equity Committee Meeting Room Change

The Equity Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th at 2pm will now be held in Plaza 308.  This meeting is open to all members.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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November 26

CUPE National Committees and Working Groups

Do you want to make a contribution to the work of the national union on the many important issues and activities that shape our direction? Do you have members in your local that would like this opportunity? It is that time once again to establish CUPE’s national committees and working groups. The term of appointment is for the years 2014-2015.

Our process for making appointments to each of our 17 national committees is through an application process and is designed to ensure that it is accessible to all members.

Our policy for committee appointments was adopted by national convention through the 2005-2007 Strategic Directions policy document which called for the union to introduce a procedure for appointments. The policy states that CUPE will:

“Introduce a procedure for appointments to CUPE’s national committees and working groups to allow any member to apply for nomination. The National President would make appointments from this pool of nominations in consultation with CUPE’s divisions. Candidates would be chosen to ensure that CUPE’s committees and working groups are made up of knowledgeable members and are (a) regionally representative, (b) made up of at least 50 per cent women, (c) representative of CUPE’s sectors, (d) representative of CUPE’s youth, members of colour, Aboriginal members, members with disabilities, and CUPE’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Such a process would allow greater opportunities for women active on the local level to get active on a national level”.

Click here for more information...

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November 26

Commemorating Ecole Polytechnique Massacre

This event is being hosted by Women's and Gender Studies Department to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre.This even is free and takes place on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm-1:30pm in the e-classroom Thistle Corridor, TH 253. There will be a panel on gender-based violence followed by a discussion period. The speakers will include Indigenous Activists, Pro-Choice Activists and Student Educators. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided by Food Not Bombs (donations to FNB appreciated but not required).

Click here for the Facebook event page...

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November 19

CUPE 4207 Donates to Typhoon Haiyan Relief

CUPE 4207 has donated $1500 to Oxfam Canada and $250 to The International Fund for Animal Welfare to help with Typhoon Haiyan relief.

"Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the most powerful storm to ever hit land, struck the Philippines on November 8th. Oxfam is on the ground providing emergency assistance. For a limited time, the Canadian government will match individual contributions to this emergency appeal."

To make a personal donation to Oxfam Canada, click here...

To make a personal donation to The International Fund for Animal Welfare, click here...

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November 19

CUPE 4207 Supports Brock Students for Animal Liberation

At our GMM on November 15, the CUPE 4207 general membership approved a motion from the floor to donate $250 and up to 500 photocopies to Brock Students for Animal Liberation to support the campaign against vivisection at Brock.

Click here to join the Brock Students for Animal Liberation Facebook group...

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November 18

BLAST Organizes "Talks on Tuition Fees, Declining Working Conditions and Fight Back Strategies"

Brock Labour and Students Together (BLAST) have organized two separate presentations for students and workers at Brock:


Tuesday, November 26, 1pm-2pm in Welch Hall 202

Wednesday, Nocember 27, 5pm-6pm in Welch Hall 305

 

Click here for more information about the event...

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November 18

CUPE 4207 supports upcoming Reproductive Rights Night

The Equity Committee will be hosting a Reproductive Rights Night on Thursday, November 28th, 6pm-9pm in Sankey Chambers.

Click here for information about the event...

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Revised November 17

Draft Collective Agreements for Unit 1 and Unit 2 now available online

Please note that a draft Collective Agreement for Unit 1 is available by clicking here.

The draft Collective Agreement for Unit 2 is available by clicking here.

Final copies of the collective agreements should be ready by the beginning of Term 2.

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Revised November 11

Tim Hudak coming to Brock - 13th Floor Boardroom Schmon Tower, Tuesday November 12th

Join us as we "welcome" Tim Hudak to Brock University on November 12th.  We will meet at Schmon Tower at 4pm.

Let him know that his proposed "Right to Work" legislation, engagement with union-busting and advocation for austerity measures are not welcome in Ontario.

Please note there will be a sign and poster-making party in the union office (MCC 402) on Tuesday November 12th from 1pm forward so we have materials to "greet" Mr. Hudak.

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November 11

The Truth about White Poppies

Lately, white poppies have received a great deal of media attention.  CUPE 4207 has officially endorsed and supported the white poppy campaign.

"In 1933 the first white poppies appeared on Armistice Day (called Remembrance Day after World War Two). The white poppy was not intended as an insult to those who died in the First World War - a war in which many of the white poppy supporters lost husbands, brothers, sons and lovers - but a challenge to the continuing drive to war. The following year the newly founded Peace Pledge Union began widespread distribution of the poppies and their annual promotion."

Click here for more information about white poppies...

Click here to read a statement made by a veteran of war, Howard Zinn...

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November 5

Paid Health and Safety Training Available

Did you know that Unit 1 members can get paid to take Health & Safety training?
 
The paid training is called ‘Need to Know’. It is on Wednesday, December 4th from 9am – 11am. Members are paid 2 hours at the TA rate for attending. You have to pre-register for the training.

Click here to register for the event


Please Note: This applies to new Unit 1 members and to those Unit 1 members who took the training two years ago (see Article 20.04 of t