“IT HAPPENED HERE” Documentary Screening

It Happened Here“It Happened Here” is a 2015 documentary that explores and exposes the nature and impact of sexual assault on U.S college campuses. 5 women share their stories.
WHEN: November 26 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
SASA aims to address Brock administration’s policies and responses to sexual violence and discuss how the university can better support and honour survivors’ experiences. We are showing this film in collaboration with the SJC, WGST department and CUPE 4207 to start the conversation about sexual assault and unite survivors and allies on Brock’s campus.
Please honour that this event is for survivors and allies and should be a safe space.
Free vegan food will be provided.
A link to the facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1654531088157285/
To “like” us on facebook, check out: https://www.facebook.com/SASABrock/
For more information, contact SASA at brocksasa@gmail.com


Mental Health First Aid

The employer is offering free, Mental Health First Aid Youth course. It is a two day certification course that “builds on participants’ existing skills to increase comfort and confidence in working with students and youth (ages 12-24) experiencing mental health problems”.  Lets show Brock admin that we need this course offered more than once a year. Let’s fill the 20 spots and show them we care about mental health and illness! Let’s end the stigma with knowledge through training.

Fri Dec. 11th and Mon Dec.14th, 8 am to 4 pm. Click here to learn more and for registration.


General Membership Meeting November 24

GMM Poster Nov 24 copyAt 5 pm in Thistle 241

ON AGENDA: Elections for the positions of

  • Delegate to the Human Rights / Racial Justice Conference, Jan 25-28, Toronto
  • 5 Delegates to the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee Conference, Feb. 17 -21, Toronto
  • Delegate to Niagara Regional Labour Council (term ending April 30, 2016)
  • Steward: Applied Health Sciences (term ending April 30, 2016)

Bylaws change proposal – a notice given at last GMM in October.

Members can add items on the agenda directly at the beginning of the meeting.

Please should you require special accommodations and/or child care, contact the local.

Concerns about racism and cultural appropriation: Open Letter to BUSU

The first prize at last year’s Halloween costume contest at Brock was awarded to a group of students dressed in blackface. In its letter to BUSU, CUPE 4207 Equity Committee raises concerns about the followup of this racist incident and inquires about measures BUSU is taking to prevent it from happening again. Alarmingly, 2014 did not mark the first time that Brock students were accepted at the contest dressed in blackface and awarded for it. Here is a response to racism at Halloween in 2007 by at that time Brock student, Ismael Traoré.

Students and workers at Brock University, let’s not allow it to happen again, let’s create positive and save space on campus!



This GMM is filled with important elections to fill two vacant executive positions, form two bargaining teams, and send delegates to convention and a conference:

  • Vice President (Unit 1) (term ending April 30, 2016)
  • Membership Outreach Officer (term ending April 30, 2016)
  • Five Unit 1 Bargaining Committee Members
  • Three Unit 2 Bargaining Committee Members
  • Delegate to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
    Convention, Nov. 23 – 27, Toronto
  • Delegate to the CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer’s
    Conference, January 20 – 23, Richmond Hill

Officially Adopting the CUPE 4207 Bylaws 

Please contact the union in advance if you need to cover your child care needs or need special accommodations.

Legacy of Indian Residential Schools

film - Mon Oct 19- Indian residential schools copyOn Monday, October 19th, join the CUPE 4207 Indigenous Solidarity Committee and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies to watch Justice Murray Sinclair’s Big Thinking  lecture, delivered at the 2015 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Justice Sinclair was the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). His talk addresses the legacy of residential schools and  the role of Canadian universities in actively facilitating reconciliation process and “how do we go from here”.

5 PM in TH 244

OCTOBER 7 – World Day of Decent Work

The International Labour Organization declared October 7 the World Day for Decent Work as a response to staggeringly growing inequality and immiseration of the global working class. The university is an institution existing in an world HigherEdMillB28.3_3rgb-838x838order motivated by for-profit imperatives and as such cannot escape the pressures to adapt to such an economic and social environment. The pressure to operate the post-secondary sector as a service industry oriented business is mounting yet the post-sec governing structures  work in compliance with such detrimental development. There are many casualties in this process.   At Brock our local will hold a table in MC A hallway to raise awareness about the precarious conditions of the part time instructors we represent.