Media outreach

Unit 1 working conditions and employer’s expressed intransigence to address our concerns about job security, poverty wages, and benefits lead to an expose of the real working conditions of academic workers at Brock. Check out CUPE Ontario press release and an ad tomorrow in the St. Catharines Standard. Ads will be airing at several regional radio stations as well. United we stand, united we’ll win!



A letter to members was sent on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Canada Post explaining the strike vote process. Click on the image to read.

The local is calling for a Special General Members Meeting to discuss UNIT 1 strike vote and the results of conciliation (taking place at the Four Point Sheraton across campus on January 10th and 11th).  There will be a secret ballot strike mandate vote upon adjournment of this special meeting until all attending members will have been given the chance to vote. The strike vote will continue the next day on January 19th at a table in Mackenzie Chown A hallway.


January 18th                    January 19th

 5 to 8 PM                         from 9 AM to 8 PM

 Pond Inlet                        MC A hallway

The other side of Brock

I’m sure you’ve read by now that Brock University is one of the top employers in the Hamilton-Niagara Region. But if you are a contract instructor or a TA then you probably work at a different side of Brock than the one Brock’s PR department presents.


You work at the Brock that pays poverty wages, among the lowest in Ontario for academic workers. You work at the Brock that makes you reapply for your job up to three times a year. You work at the Brock whose only benefit is a dental plan that amounts to $36/per person, and is only available on a first come first served basis.

We are trying to change that. We are trying to negotiate a new contract for academic workers that will bring Brock University one step closer to being a top employer for ALL workers, not just high-paid administrators.
To help us create a #BetterBrock email


Saturday December 17th

9 am to 4 pm (child care expenses for members attending the workshop will be covered by the local)

CUPE Niagara Regional Office

110A Hannover Drive

St. Catharines

This is a workshop for members interested to be involved and participate in mobilization of our members and the campus community for the Strike Mandate Vote in January and beyond. – This is the strike averting part.

You will also learn useful stuff, about strikes and picket lines – when they can legally happen, how it applies to our situation at Brock, what needs to be done leading into strike situation, and what happens once a local is on strike.


GMM and SOCIAL December 15

gmmdec15-2016Our last GMM of 2016 is on Thursday December 10th in Pond Inlet. A short GMM followed by a social, food and drink.

Strike Mandate Vote has been called for January 19th .

Come to discuss this important step in Unit 1 bargaining process!


Injustice in the University: a documentary about Contract Instructors

finalcontractfacultyposterOur local hosts screening of this recent documentary by Garry Potter and Stephen Svenson on

Wednesday, November 23rd

at 3 PM in PL 410.

We will be watching the film (about 40 minutes), and then discuss the serious issues it raises about inherently unjust working conditions for instructors and lecturers who work at Canadian (and US) universities. One of the film makers, Stephen Svenson, who is coming to Brock for this event. There will be light refreshments and perhaps a heavy discussion 😉 All welcome!


Reconciliation at Short Hills events

The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition is a part of the Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt, which hosts a series of educational and cross-cultural learning opportunities over the course of the annual Haudenosaunee deer harvest at Short Hills Provincial Park. These workshops align with the work already started through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and express our commitment to the Commission’s calls to action.

The whole schedule is available for download  here.

View CUPE Ontario Statement of Solidarity with Haudenosaunee harvesters here.

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Join us for a rally on Thursday November 10th at 12 pm (noon) in frontnov10rally of Schmon Tower.

Unit 1 is in collective bargaining with the university. After 4 rounds of negotiations we are not far into the process and the employer demands severe concessions to job security of our members. A strong union needs their members’ support! More info to follow shortly.

Check out the event’s facebook page.



Our November General Members Meeting is on Wednesday,  November 9th 5 pm  in WH 203 AGENDA:

  • Election for the the position of  Chief Steward. The post became vacant after a resignation from the position. All members in good standing can run for the position. See our Bylaws, article 7.7 about duties of Chief Steward .
  • Bargaining Update, Unit 1.

    An urgent bargaining matter is going to be discussed! Members engagement is absolutely necessary to win a fair collective agreement.

Members requiring special accommodation, please contact the local before the GMM. The union covers cost of your child care incurred while at a meeting.