General Members Meeting Monday 28, 2020 at 4 pm
Major point on our agenda is collective bargaining updates: We will be discussing the results of our latest negotiations with the employer in Unit 1 and Unit 3.
For the report on Unit 1 bargaining go to our bargaining page.
Please note the meeting starts at 4 pm.
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We hold our OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday September 16th.

Zoom in to meet your union reps and your colleagues! You can learn about the union, your rights as a worker at Brock, ask questions, and comment on the way we represent you 😉

It is also an opportunity to inquire about the union local’s committees and all the socially active engagements a labour union offers, far and wide. … Read more…

Did you know? Paid Health and Safety training

New members who have just been hired by Brock to work in one (or more) of the jobs that are represented by our union, need to take a health and safety training and be paid for it!

The health and safety awareness training is mandatory by law (a regulation in the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act). The workers must be paid for the time spent in the training.

Brock has online modules and pays for 1 hour of Health and Safety Awareness training, 30 minutes for Workplace Violence training, and 1 hour of training about Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act [AODA]. This totals to 2.5 hours of pay for the training. You must notify your designated departmental administrative assistant that you have completed the training (there is a link for this step in the training module), in order to receive your compensation.

Important: A workers needs to be paid extra for the training. This means that the department must create a separate contract aside of the one you have signed for teaching. If the 2.5 hours of training are added to your Allocation of Hours form (your teaching contract), it poses a problem:

a) The AOH is to itemize time of tasks you that are required by the job. Two and a half hours allocated for mandatory training take away time from your already busy work schedule.

b) Even though you are supposed to be paid for this mandatory training, when it is hidden in your teaching contract time, are you really being paid for it?!

Here is a short slide-format information on the role of the labour union at our workplace. It includes information on our Health and Safety Committee and the mandatory health and safety training.



CUPE Ontario Action Plan for 2020

In the absence of CUPE Ontario annual convention this year, the CUPE Ontario Executive Board has approved a 2020 action plan which is normally discussed, shaped and voted on by delegates at the convention.
“This Plan has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaped our daily lives both at work and at home. It focuses on three themes: relief, recovery, and reimagining. We believe that the actions in this plan move us closer to an Ontario that serves us all, not just the wealthy.

Now through this crisis as always, workers have the collective power to transform society. Let’s make that a reality together.”

The CUPE Ontario Action Plan for 2020 in pdf.

JULY 22 Special General Members Meeting

We hold general meeting this summer! The July Special GMM is next Wednesday, JULY 22, at 3 p.m.

The agenda for the Special GMM is set and items cannot be added at the meeting as during GMMs. The Special GMM is called by the Executive Committee with this agenda (corrected):

  • Allocation of Resources for Strike Mobilization — we will be discussing and voting on the allocation of resources for strike mobilization.
  • Bylaw amendments — notification of change to bylaws. This is to be discussed and voted on at the next general members meeting.
  • ‘Simply Voting’ — discussion of this (and others?) platform for voting in online meetings.
  • Reports of Executive Committee members and labour council delegates.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Bylaw amendments

The Policy, Bylaws and Finance Committee proposed amendments to our bylaws. These (and other agenda) are to be discussed and voted on at a Special General Meeting late in July (TBA).

The proposed changes are in the pdf file linked below. The bolded text are the additions, and the crossed through text signifies removal of the text.

Special General Members Meeting

TUESDAY JUNE 16 at 4 pm

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This is our first general meeting since the lock down on March 13th. It is a special general members meeting with the following agenda:
  • Bargaining Update for Unit 1 and Unit 3.
  • Voting on three items:
  • Hardship Policy Proposal Since we have never had a policy on members’ requesting help in times of hardship, we have a proposal authored by the Policy, Bylaws and Finance Committee, that is to be discussed and voted on.
  • 2020-2021 Budget. We need to discuss and pass our annual budget.
  • Code of Conduct Proposal   At the last GMM, a notice to add a Code of Conduct to our bylaws was given. We will be discussing it and voting on it at this SGMM.