CUPE In-Class Health & Safety Workshop

A workshop on Health & Safety will be held on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in EA 103. This workshop is free to all CUPE members. You must register at http://cupe.ca/steward-learning-series-34 by September 10th 2015. If you have any questions please email us at cupe4207@brocku.ca. We hope to see you at the workshop! Tea and coffee will be provided.

*Please note this is in addition to the mandated H&S training that new Brock employees must take.

OSSTF/FEESO District 35 Media Release

For immediate release: July 25, 2015

OSSTF/FEESO members at Brock University announce strike deadline

(Toronto) – Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) Brock University Support Staff members in District 35 at Brock University have set a strike deadline of August 10, 2015, unless an agreement can be reached between the Union and the University before that time.

The local negotiating team has been very disappointed with the lack of progress over the last two months which is responsible for the decision to set the deadline.

“Fair agreements at other Universities in Ontario where OSSTF represents members have been achieved without the need for potential job action, and we expect our members at Brock to be treated with respect and have their concerns addressed in a meaningful way at the bargaining table,” according to Harvey Bischof, Vice-President of OSSTF/FEESO and Chair of the negotiating team.

Norm Westbury, President of OSSTF/FEESO District 35, Brock University Support Staff said, “We deserve a fair agreement which respects our members, addresses our key concerns and demonstrates the important role our members play in the operation and success of the University.  Unless things change at the bargaining table in the next few weeks our members are ready, willing and able to back up our demands by taking job action.”

The Union has indicated to the University its commitment to continue talks up to and including August 10th.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact:          Harvey Bischof, Vice-President

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867

Norm Westbury, President

OSSTF/FEESO District 35, Brock University Support Staff

905-658-6673

Media Release-July 25-2015-D35 Strike Noitce

Room Changes

Just a room change announcement for our upcoming meetings scheduled for Thursday July 30th.

We will no longer be meeting in PL 411 (due to loud noises and bright lights). Instead, we will meet in MCG 310.

Meeting schedule

Social Committee:                                           12-1pm

Equity Committee:                                          1-2pm

Consent Committee:                                      3:30 -4:45pm

Indigenous Solidarity Committee:                 5:15-6:30pm

PAISC Meeting

The next PAISC meeting will be on Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. in WH 204.

The agenda will include:

  • election of co-chair and a minute taker
  • Nike campaign
  • Federal Election
  • Get out the vote

Fire Safety Awareness on Campus

Attention all CUPE 4207 members, this is a friendly reminder from your Health and Safety Officers to report fires, or the potential for fire, immediately to EMERGENCY SERVICES – 911 – to ensure response and then Campus Security Ext. 3200.

Campus Security Services staff provide security services, including answering and responding to emergency calls 24 hours, 7 days a week  and can be reached at any time at Ext. 3200. Their administrative lines are not 24 hours/day.

This warning comes in light of recent high temperatures and an incident report regarding a smouldering fire in front of the ESL building in May. Areas specifically at risk for fire are designated smoking sections and surrounding areas, landscaping areas with wood-based mulch, and/or areas with dry grass.

The St. Catharines Fire Chief Dave Wood has recently warned residents that throwing away a lit cigarette may result in starting a fire. We urge all members to be conscious of high risk areas and to report any potential fire activity to 911 AND Campus Security Ext. 3200. Please ensure you follow up with your supervisor after contacting Campus Security and fill out an Incident Report Form.

If you have any questions please contact your CUPE 4207 Health and Safety Officers.

Thank you,

Bryan Giordano
Phil Wachel

Indigenous Solidarity Meeting

The next Indigenous Solidarity Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 30th at 5:15-6:30pm. The location will be in PL 411. One of our main goals for this meeting will be to develop a solid action plan for the decolonization / relationship building event to be held on Monday November 9th from 7pm-10pm in Sankey Chambers. This is a very important event and we will need everyone’s support in pulling it together. We hope to see you at the meeting.