Going Bowling!


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This year our annual FALL SOCIAL is at the Parkway Lanes bowling alley. 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

Monday OCTOBER 24 @ 6 pm

There will be food and drinks all on the union. There is no need to have experience bowling. It is a social where bowling is optional. Certainly it’s fun to try!

Fully accessible. It is a family bowling alley. Your children are welcome!                                                  


our October GMM will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th 

at 4:30 pm  – 7 pm in WH 203.

See full Agenda here . Members can add items of interest on the agenda directly at the meeting.

Copy of the notice of Bylaw amendment given at last GMM and to be voted on in this meeting.


As always, members requiring special accommodation and child care coverage, please contact the union ahead of the meeting.

White board markers

p1050729 The number of white boards in  classrooms is growing. Over the summer many were installed during the renovation of seminar rooms on the fourth floor of Mackenzie Chown. Dry erase markers are an essential tool for us.  If your department does not supply any markers for you, stop by the union office because your union does have them a plenty! Great quality and union made. Grab a few and take some for your coworkers too.

Office is open on:

Mondays         11 am to 12 pm  and 4  to 7pm
Tuesdays         12  – 3 pm
Wednesdays    9 am  to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm
Thursdays     10 am to 1 pm
Fridays          12 to 3 pm


Unit 2 settled

Full time Coordinators in ESL Services – UNIT 2 – ratified their Collective Agreement with the university on Friday afternoon, September 23.

Unit 1 remains in bargaining. Unit 1 bargaining team met with the employer three times with non monetary items on the table. This is the bargaining update. In order to know what is going on, come to the General Members Meeting on Sep. 29 and demand that the Bargaining Committee shares proposal language and employer’s response with you!

Dental Fund message from HR and Bargaining

Unit 1 members, check your email inboxes for a message from Human Resources about our dental fund (see pasted below). Members who are eligible to use the fund were contacted.

Who is eligible? You must be a member who taught 240 hours in the past, held a contract in the previous year (September to August) and does not participate in any other dental coverage plan.

What does it mean?

It means that many of our members who are not graduate students (more than a half of our membership) do not fit the criteria for the dental fund eligibility.

Moreover, the fund excludes coverage for dependants of those members who do qualify.

What does it really mean?

That we need a real benefit plan! Unit 1 is the largest employee group on campus and an employee group without a benefit plan. In order to do our jobs properly we need to be healthy, without carrying the burden of paying for necessary medical expenses.

This is an issue that our Unit 1 Bargaining Team addresses in negotiations with the employer.

Support our Bargaining Team! Let them know that you stand behind them.  #BetterBrock.

The U1 BT meets with the employer on September 22 and 23, and October 26 and 28. Continue reading

OCTOBER 1 Rally for Decent Jobs

Be part of a growing movement for decent work for all! Come out to the October 1st rally for Decent Work (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park) to call for safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/racialized wage gap and much more!


FaceBook: Transportation from Niagara to the Rally for Decent Work

We want the Ontario government to implement strong labour laws for more than seven million working Ontarians across our province. There will be music, activities, and special guests at this family-friendly rally. The rally is being organized by the OFL’s Make It Fair Campaign and the $15 and Fairness Campaign – organizers are expecting 10,000 people!

The Niagara Regional Labour Council and Unions across Niagara are organizing buses to the rally. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!
Please reserve a seat by contacting NRLC V.P. Chris Grawey (cgrawey89@gmail.com or 905-246-4273)


CUPE 4207 shares both the indignation and concern of the Brock community following the news of the mutual cancellation of the new president’s contract, a situation that could have likely been avoided had the search involved feedback from the staff and students and their respective associations. The failure on the part of the Board of Trustees to structure an appropriately transparent process to both find and retain new leadership legitimately puts that body’s actions into question.

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