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.


Understanding Mental Health Workshop

On Monday November 16 our local holds a mental treehealth workshop facilitated by Blain Morin (CUPE Heath and Safety rep) and Janice Folk-Dawson (OUWCC Chair). It is a pilot project and a very good one to boot!

Time:         4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location:    Sankey Chambers

All CUPE members welcome! Coffee and tea on the spot.

OUWCC meeting on pensions

The Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (a sectoral committee of CUPE Ontario) holds a meeting on Saturday October 24 at the CUPE-O headquarters in Markham. It is a special and important meeting on the fate of university workers’ pensions. Many of the Ontario faculty associations, and their centrals such as OCUFA,  are involved in talks on how to best approach the new proposed regulations to university-based pension plans. The Ontario division of  CUPE and other unions representing university workers are involved as well.

Surely, pensions may be the least item of urgency on our minds right now but the fight of workers to have decent pensions (if at all!) has entered a new gear. Our local is sending either the OUWCC campus rep, or one CUPE 4207 member, who belongs to the Brock University Pension Plan.* Contact the union asap if you are interested to go. Transportation cost and per diem will be covered by the union.

See article 26 of our Collective Agreement if you are eligible for Brock Pension Plan.


The Indigenous Solidarity CSister ommittee hosts Drumming and Vigil memorial in honour of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Friday October 2 from 10 am to noon, at the Sankey Chamber on campus.

The event is co-sponsored by the Aboriginal Student Services at Brock, Women and Gender Studies, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies, MA Geography, Social Justice Research Institute, and the Sociology Department.

There is also a vigil on Sunday, Oct. 4 downtown St. Catharines at the Market Square on King St., at 4 pm.

Art of Resistance Tour

Come on out for some revolutionary hip-hop performance and a Beehive Collective Teach-in about social justice, environmentalism, anti-globalization, and land defense. This event will be held on Friday, September 18th from 3-5pm at the Jubilee Court, Brock University. Afterwards, there will be a film screening by Cinema Politica and after-party starting from 8:30pm at The Hub 138 East Main Street Welland.

The Faceless Dolls Project

This event honours missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. It will be held on Monday, September 21 from 9-11am in Sankey Chambers. Over 1200 Indigenous women and girls are missing or murdered in Canada…each doll represents a person, not just a statistic. Join our free workshop and help build the BrockU Faceless Dolls Art Exhibit to bring awareness to this national epidemic.


There is a protest happening this Monday Sept 7th from 1pm – 2pm in front of Rick Dykstra’s office (22 Geneva St, St. Catharines) regarding the conservative government’s stance on anti-immigration policies. The protest is called in response to the tragic deaths of Alan Kurdi, 3, his brother Galib, 5, and their mother Rehanna. Here is one article of many about the incident: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/syrian-family-whose-children-were-found-on-turkish-beach-tried-to-come-to-canada/article26202571/.

In addition to the protest in St. Catharines, there are several actions across Canada happening from Sept 4th – 7th including:

September 5th, at 2pm at Norman Bethune Square (Guy/de Maisonneuve; métro Guy-Concordia)
info: www.facebook.com/events/765456080244145/

September 5, 1:30pm, Place d’Youville
info: www.facebook.com/events/418524548342337/

September 5, 2015, 2pm, Human Rights Memorial
info: www.facebook.com/events/1019244151471889/

September 6, 2015, 2pm, Harbourside Park

September 4, 2015, 7pm. Yonge-Dundas Square

September 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, 1803 Douglas Street

Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands
Memorial: September 5, 2015, 2pm. SFU Harbour Centre, Rm 1900
Rally: September 6, 2015, 2pm. Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side)

For more information about the St. Catharines’ protest, check out the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/395349683995893/395447357319459/

Health, Safety & Wellness Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee will be on Thursday, Sept. 17 @ 10:00am in EA 102.

So far, on the Agenda is:

– Planning for Mental Health Awareness Event at the NAC
– Update from August and September Meetings of the Brock Joint Health and Safety Committee
– Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Training
– Feet on the Ground Training