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.
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”.
November 26Commemorating 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).
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Unit 3 Bargaining Committee has been elected.
Congratulations to the elected Unit 3 members who will represent their members at the bargaining table:
Dan Crow (ex-officio member)
The Unit 3 Bargaining Team will meet on Tuesday, November 26, at 4pm.
Revised October 30
*IMPORTANT: GMM MEETING DATE CHANGED; EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, EQUITY COMMITTEE MEETING LOCATION CHANGED*
Please note that the date for our General Membership Meeting on November 1st has been changed. It will now be held on Friday, November 15, at 5pm. The location is Plaza 311.
Please note that our location has changed for our Executive Committee Meeting on November 21st. It will now be held in EA 101.
The Equity Committee meeting will still take place on November 1st at 3pm but it will be held in Plaza 308.
Both meetings are open to all members in good standing.
CUPE 4207 supports the Niagara Common Front and its struggle to Raise the Minimum Wage in Ontario to $14.00/hr
Join us on Saturday. November 9, 9:30am-11:30am at Club Capri in Thorold (36 Cleveland). Guest speaker Pam Frache.
CUPE 4207 supports pro-choice students facing Brock's kangaroo court: Wednesday, October 30th at 1pm
Following a peaceful demonstration at an on-campus pro-life event which openly advocated for jailing women for abortions, Brock University is seeking to punish two demonstrators with penalties up to and including expulsion. They are trying to make an example of them and are using the Brock Code of Conduct to intimidate the student body and prevent future peaceful on-campus demonstrations. They are also attempting to charge for criminal offenses such as assault outside of the justice system, with no judge presiding or legal representatives present.
Let Brock know that using the Code of Conduct to repress free expression is shameful and will not be tolerated.
Please take the time to read a full statement on these disciplinary hearings by clicking here.
Join the Facebook event group and learn more about the event by clicking here.
Meet out front of Schmon Tower on Wednesday, October 30th at 1pm for the demonstration.
Revised October 30
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.
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. They are always open and new members are always encouraged. Next meeting Tuesday, November 19 at 5pm in MCC 402 (Union Office).
Political Economy Speakers Series continues...
Join us for the next talk, on Tuesday, November 12 at 3pm in Thistle 240:
"The Politics of Construction and Building Trade Unions": A Talk By Matt Wayland
This is a CUPE 4207 endorsed event. Sponsored by Labour Studies. All members are welcome to attend!
JOIN ANY OF OUR ACTIVE COMMITTEES THIS SCHOOL YEAR- ALL MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
-- Anti-Bullying Coalition meets again week of November 4-8, date and location TBA...
-- Organizing Committee meets Friday, October 4 at 5pm in the union office (MCC 402)...
-- Political Action and International Solidarity Committee meets Thursday, October 31 at 5pm in the union office (MCC 402)...
-- Education and Newsletter Committee meeting TBA...
-- Health and Safety Committee meeting TBA...
-- Women's Committee meeting TBA...
-- Equity Committee meets Friday, November 1 at 3pm in Plaza 308...
-- Stewards' Council meets Wednesday, November 13 at 5pm in the union office (MCC 402)...
-- Executive Committee meets Thursday, November 21 at 5pm in EA 101...
PROGRAM REVIEW HURTS WORKERS AND SANITATION STANDARDS AT OUR UNIVERSITY
Click here to read our official statement about Brock admistration's plan to cut jobs and lower the level of cleanliness standards at the university.
In the news: CUPE 4207 supports our fellow workers as they struggle to improve their working conditions:
-- Members of Local 1281, representing staff for Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson, have been locked out after refusing to accept concessions. The Student's Association called for a 10% wage roll back and the elimination of positions in the bargaining unit.
-- CUPE Local 4616 representing Municipal Workers in Bonfield have been on strike since August 1. The strike is over proposed concessions; earlier this month the mayor fired 5 of the 16 striking workers.
We want you!
The union is currently looking for department reps. If you are interested in being a representative for your department, or if you would like more information about the position, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CUPE 4207 would like to welcome all returning and incoming members back to another school year. Remember, we are here for you. Good luck!
We have a number of social events planned this month to ease you back into the routine, so come out, meet your co-workers and socialize!
Tuesday, September 17 @ 11:30am in the Pond Inlet: All Locals Solidarity Lunch - the theme for the event is "(Not A) Program Review. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, September 17 @ 5pm in Thistle 247: Our September General Membership Meeting. On the agenda: elections, presentation, and more. Click here for more details.
Wednesday, September 25 @ 8:30pm at the Merchant Ale House: Our (very popular, well-attended) annual Social. Free food and drinks on the union's tab.
Thursday, September 29, 12pm-4pm in Burgoyne Woods, Section D: Our very first Day in the Park event. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Games, socializing and more. Pet friendly and family friendly.
We have already had the pleasure of meeting many of you in departmental orientations and other venues. If you did not receive a Members Manual, or would like to read an electronic version, click here...
If you did not receive a Fall Newsletter, or would like to read an electronic version, click here...
CUPE 4207 is strongly committed to equity. Please join us at the following events where we celebrate the diversity of our community and stand in solidarity with our co-workers and community members who identify with an equity-seeking group.
Thursday, September 19th at 6:30pm - Take Back the Night St. Catharines Chapter - St. Catharines Public Library, James Street, St. Catharines. Click here for more information...
Tuesday, October 2nd, 4pm-8pm - Pride Niagara presents OUTformation Fair at Amici's on Merrittville Highway in Thorold. Click here for more information...
The Executive is also looking for an Equity Officer. If you are committed to equity issues and you are interested in the position, please attend the September General Membership Meeting...
** UPDATE SEPTEMBER 6: OUR TENTATIVE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROOF-READ BY BOTH BARGAINING TEAMS. AN UPDATE WILL BE PROVIDED AT OUR SEPTEMBER GMM ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 5PM IN THISTLE 247 **
** OUR TENTATIVE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN RATIFIED **
The CUPE 4207 Executive and Unit 1 and Unit 2 Bargaining Committees sent out a letter to all members to provide more information about the ratification voting process. You should have received this letter. Read an electronic copy of the letter we sent out on July 10 by clicking here...
FALL OFFICE HOURS
Other ways to reach us include telephone 905 688 5550 x. 4766 and email email@example.com ________________________________________________________________________________
"BIKE LANES AHEAD" FOR BROCK?
BIKE LANES AND UNIVERSITIES
A talk by Kate Whalen, Senior Manager of the Office of Sustainability at McMaster University
THURSDAY, JULY 25TH, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Pond Inlet, Brock University
Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake to #Stand4Medicare
Click on the banner for more details...
Attention all sessional (part-time) instructors:
We have a Professional Development opportunity available for you.
OUWCC Sessional Faculty Conference, August 17, 2013 at the CUPE Hamilton Area Office.
Please email the union at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15th if you are interested in attending.
HAPPY PRIDE, NIAGARA!
SUPPORT THE LGBTTTQQ2SIA COMMUNITY BY CELEBRATING PRIDE NIAGARA
JUNE 3-8, 2013
Celebrate the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestive, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited, Intersex and Allied members of our community.
"...We still have a long way to go. And as the acronym LGBTTIQQ2SA suggests, we will only truly progress if all go together." Click here to read more about why groups like Toronto Pride and CUPE 4207 use the longer acronym rather than just LGBT...
JOIN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE!
Meeting very soon...
JUNE IS NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HISTORY MONTH
CUPE 4207 proudly recognizes the enormous contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada.
Our Equity Committee has a number of events planned to celebrate Aboriginal History Month. Learn more about the Equity Committee or contact them here...
CUPE 4207 STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION COMING UP THIS SUNDAY!
All members in good standing are invited to attend the 2013 CUPE 4207 Strategic Planning Session on Sunday, June 9, 2013, from 10am-4pm in Sankey Chambers.
This is a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts and opinions on the goals and priorities of your union!!