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.
In Niagara, ChewOnThis! events will be taking place in the following locations:
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.
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!
Unit 3 Strike Vote
A meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 8th in WH 8G from 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 to allow members who can't make it on Wednesday to vote.
The October GMM will take place on in MCA 241 at . We welcome all members to attend the meeting!
The next Executive meeting will be in EA 101. All members are welcome to attend!
Joint Newsletter & Education Committee and Stewards Council Meeting
Both the Newsletter & Education Committee and the Stewards Council will be holding a meeting on in MC C402.
This event will take place on 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 email@example.com
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.
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!
Joint Bargaining Meeting
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.
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.
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.
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!
Equity Committee Meeting
The Equity Committee will be meeting Wednesday, September 10th at 1:00pm in MC C402. All members are welcome to attend!
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All members are welcome to attend!
The Unioin Office will be open August 26-29 from 12-4 each day. Please drop in if you have any questions!
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 email@example.com.
People's Social Forum
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!
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!
The PAISC meeting will take place on Monday, August 4th at 1:00pm in MCA 323.
BLAST will meet next On Friday, August 1 at 2:00pm in MCA 323.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st, 2014. Two delegates will be selected from members who have expressed interest.
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!
Stewards Council Meeting
The Stewards Council Meeting will take place Tuesday, July 8th at 12:00pm in MC C402.
“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!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31st, 2014.
Unit 3 Bargaining Support Committee: Tuesday, June 17th at 11:00am in EA 101
PAISC Meeting: Thursday, June 19th at 12:00pm in PL411
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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!
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.
This event is May 24 2:30-5 at the St. Catharines Public Library.
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
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).
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
e) Labour History
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...
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 literatur