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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 literature produced by the Unit 3 Bargaining Committee...
WORLD WATER DAY
March 22nd is World Water Day.
The Local has purchased a copy of Tapped, a documentary that focuses on the bottled water industry.
Click here for more information about the documentary...
If you would like to borrow the DVD, please send an email to the Union firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR A NEW HEALTH ACCORD!
DEFEAT HUDAK'S AUSTERITY AGENDA: THE OFL AND THE "RIGHTS AT WORK" CAMPAIGN
The Ontario Federation of Labour has started a new "Let's Defend our Rights at Work" campaign to combat Tim Hudak and his anti-union, austerity agenda.
The OFL has set up a number of meetings throughout the province to co-ordinate workers. All members are invited and encouraged to attend the Niagara meeting - on Thursday, March 27th, 6pm-9pm, at the Unifor Local 1999 Hall, 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines. Please RSVP by visiting www.rightsatwork.ca
CUPE 4207: FOR YOUR INFORMATION!
Please note that our Bylaws and the Seniority List for Unit 1 have both been updateded on our Web site.
In addition, our Policy Manual for CUPE 4207 has been added to the Web site.
PLEASE JOIN US!
UNIT 1 LUMP SUM PAYMENTAs you know, in our last round of collective bargaining, the employer agreed to provide the union with a lump sum payment. It is the union's responsibility to let the employer know how we choose to use this money. The Unit 1 Bargaining Committee will meet to discuss options and draft a recommendation for the local. This meeting is open to all members. We would appreciate your feedback on this issue.
This meeting will take place on Monday, March 3, at 4:30pm, in the union office (MCC 402).
Revised February 12
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.
On Thursday, February 13th, at 4:45pm, BLAST will present a signed petition calling for a tuition freeze for the upcoming school year (2014-2015) to Brock's Board of Trustees. Students and workers will be in attendance to show the Brock administration that tuition hikes are unacceptable and that a tuition freeze is needed.You are encouraged to attend! Feel free to invite other Brock students and workers!
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.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE BY-ELECTION
As you may know, on February 13th, the provincial by-election will take place for the Niagara Falls riding. One of the candidates running in the by-election is Wayne Gates, Niagara Falls councilor and the president of Unifor Local 199 (formerly CAW). Wayne Gates has a solid history of fighting for workers' rights and for social justice in Niagara. He works in solidarity with labour unions, social justice and animal rights groups, whether in his capacity as a dedicated labour unionist, councilor or a concerned citizen. CUPE 4207 encourages members who live in the Niagara Falls riding to consider voting for Wayne Gates, a worker candidate who supported our union when we needed it the most. CUPE 4207 openly opposes the austerity agenda of both the Liberal and the Conservative parties, and although it is the longstanding policy of the union not to endorse any political party in any elections, we feel it important to highlight Wayne Gates as a worker candidate. His working class background and his activism is dedicated to bettering the workers social and economic conditions. It is reasonable to believe that Wayne Gates is the best candidate to represent workers in the Niagara Falls riding, a region in a great need of economic boost to improve workers' living conditions and re-establish thriving communities.
COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS ONLINE
Just a reminder to all of our members, all three Collective Agreements (for Units 1, 2 and 3) are available on our Web site.
If you would like a free hard copy of the Collective Agreement, please drop by the union office (MCC 402) to pick one up.
THE "RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE" CAMPAIGN CONTINUES...
This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty.
1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square.
Other events will be held cities and towns elsewhere in Ontario.
For more information, visit: www.RaisetheMinimumWage.ca.
"THE REALITY OF 'RIGHT TO WORK': PUTTING MIDDLE CLASS OUT OF REACH"
An interesting article written by economist John O'Grady for LIUNA 183 in Toronto, in response to Tim Hudak's proposed "Right to Work" legislation in Ontario.
BLAST PETITION: FREEZE TUITION NOW!
BLAST (Brock Labour and Students Together) will be holding informational tables across the university this week (February 3rd-7th) to inform students and workers about Brock's Program Review.
This coalition of Brock students and workers have started a petition to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015 school year, which will be presented to the Brock administration on February 13th.
To sign this petition, visit the BLAST table this week, or drop by the union office, MCC 402.
CUPE 4207 DELEGATES
Over the next few months, a number of elected delegates (elected at our January GMM by our membership) will represent CUPE 4207 at conferences being held across the country:
- Human Rights Conference (February 10-13, 2014) in Richmond Hill
- OUWCC Conference (February 20-24, 2014) in Niagara Falls
- CLC Conference (May 5-9, 2014) in