Political Action and International Solidarity Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Political Action and International Solidarity Committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 12 pm in TH 306. Tentatively on the agenda for this month’s meeting will be the following:

  • Future Indigenous Solidarity Work
  • Education Speakers’ Series
  • Presidential Search
  • Budget Cuts
  • Future Actions
  • Federal Election

To request that an agenda item be added to the list, please e-mail paisc4207@gmail.com

Townhall: C-51 can’t stop us! Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance

Townhall on Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance – with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.

March 30th, 6pm – 8:30pm, United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street Toronto.

Coordinated by: No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Justice for Mahjoub | End Security Certificate Trials and Earth Justice Action.

******As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent. ******

Speakers:
– ANISHINAABE WOMAN ACTIVIST (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
– MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 13 years.

with:
– AMANDA LICKERS (turtle clan, onondowa’ga haudenosaunee) is a young woman who organizes against tar sands expansion projects throughout her territories, connecting her work with and directly supporting many other Indigenous resistance struggles across Turtle Island.
– SAKURA SAUNDERS is a environmental justice organizer who actively supports resistance to Canada’s extractive industry. She organizes with Rising Tide Toronto and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.
– ANNA WILLATS is a Toronto teacher, who is fighting in solidarity with marginalized people for their rights and justice, against state violence in all its forms.
– ZOE DODD has been organizing and working in the downtown east for over a decade. She’s a member of OCAP, Toronto Drug Users Union and the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers’ Union.
– MAC SCOTT is an anarchist who works in the law, go figure. He is a member of No One Is Illegal and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and has been doing migrant justice work for 17 years.
– KIMALEE PHILLIP is anti-racist, anti-colonial feminist and organizer from Grenada. She is the Equity Officer with CUPE 1281 and does organizing work with the Network Against the Elimination of Police Violence (NEPV) and the TRCC/MWAR’s Black Women’s Caucus.

Moderator:
– SYED HUSSAN is a migrant justice and solidarity activist in Toronto who has faced police surveillance in Canada for his organizing. Since at least 2008, Hussan has been placed on the national security related lists in the United States.

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ESL Instructors Rally to Support Bargaining Priorities

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Over 60 ESL Instructors and supporters held a rally for the CUPE 4207-Unit 3 bargaining team outside the Four Points Sheraton Hotel near Brock University this Saturday morning. The team for the ESL Instructors and the university administration’s representatives were scheduled to meet with a government-appointed mediator at the hotel at 10 AM and bargain throughout the day.

Instructors and supporters from the community carried placards stating “It’s Time to Talk” and “It’s Time to Listen”, a sign of their frustration with the university administration’s poor record to engage in bargaining over the past 8 months. “I think we’ve been pretty patient for a resolution (to bargaining) but they have been cancelling and postponing meetings… now we’re out here today to show we are serious about our proposals and that we want a fair agreement”  said Ian Wood, a contract worker in ESL Services. “The administration’s side should be focused on this goal even if it is very late at coming to the table.”

Others carried the message that they want fairer working conditions. “We’re tired of being taken advantage of, and as painful as it may be for the administration they need face the fact that their treatment of instructors has been grossly unfair for too long.” Glenn Ewing, who has been doing a full workload for 5 years but is treated as a permanent part-time employee.

The university administration and instructors are in a legal strike or lockout scenario as of Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 AM. The deadline was originally Saturday, March 21, but the administration requested it be changed to an earlier date.

CUPE 4207 encourages the community to visit their website CUPE4207bargaining.ca for updates and information on bargaining and for suggestions on how to help reach a fair collective agreement.

Support Rally for ESL Instructors

On Saturday March 14, our Unit 3 Bargaining Committee is meeting the employer at 10 am, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. We call upon you for support; we are planning to rally in front of the hotel from 8:45 am (our BC team is meeting at 9 am) to 10:15 am. The idea is to have as many people as possible on site to welcome our team and be visible as the employer arrives at the hotel. We would stay long enough to see our team to the beginning of the crucial meeting. Don’t forget to wear GREEN!!

We hope to see you there!

Link to the Facebook page

More support for our ESL Instructors!

It is amazing to see the support coming in from other CUPE locals who want to see our ESL Instructors receive a fair collective agreement. Thank you for your support!

Letter from Local 4044, CanJet flight attendants

MEDIA RELEASE – Will Brock University invest in their own workers or cause a service disruption – March 11 2015 from CUPE Communications.

Letter of support from OSSTF D-35 Brock University Support Staff

 

Support from CUPE 1295 and Niagara Regional Labour Council

We want to thank both CUPE 1295, the Custodial, Trades and Food Service Workers at Brock University, and Niagara Regional Labour Council for sending letters of support to the ESL Instructors in receiving a fair collective agreement.

CUPE 1295 (Custodial, Trades and Food Service Workers at Brock) Letter of Support.

Niagara Regional Labour Council Letter of Support