International Day Against Transphobia, Homophobia, & Biphobia

CUPE 4207’s Pink Triangle Committee is committed to addressing the persistent discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons worldwide.

With hate crimes and rates of violence towards the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community surging daily, it is time to:

We call upon our allies to stand together with us and help us resist homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, to offer us support, and to help us heal from the trauma of hatred imposed upon us daily.


Media Resources:

London Police are reporting an increase in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes

Facing calls to act, Canadian lawmakers note ‘rising tide’ of hate and violence against LGBTQ2S+ community

“Everyone should be able to be who they are and love who they love, free from discrimination and hate… But people from the 2SLGBTQI+ community, particularly transgender people, are still facing a crisis of targeted violence in Canada and across the globe,” said Trudeau.

Transgender hate crimes are on the rise even in Canada

Workers in Solidarity with Palestine

Teach-in: Workers in solidarity with Palestine

Join CUPE to learn how the Canadian labour movement can work in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Our webinar will address questions about the Palestinian struggle for liberation including:

  • The connections between settler colonialism in Canada and Palestine
  • The fight against anti-Palestinian racism and antisemitism
  • How trade unions can support a just and lasting peace in Palestine-Israel right now

We will hear from CUPE members with lived experience of the issues and invited guests.

  • Welcome from Mark Hancock, National President, and Candace Rennick, National Secretary-Treasurer
  • Ronnie Joy Leah, CUPE 3911
  • Hind Awwad, CUPE 1281
  • Terri Monture, Kanien’kehá:ka Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Retired CUPE member
  • Kimalee Phillip, CUPE Human Rights
  • Moderated by Lisa Djevahirdjian, SCFP communication staff

When: Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 to 8:30 pm (EDT)

Register here

The webinar will be conducted in English with simultaneous French interpretation.

(We will be hosting a French language webinar in June. Stay tuned for more information!)

ASL interpretation provided

Live captioning provided

This webinar is directed at CUPE members but family and friends are welcomed to join!

Webinaire : Faire preuve de solidarité envers la Palestine

Joignez-vous au SCFP pour apprendre comment le mouvement syndical canadien peut se montrer solidaire du peuple palestinien.   

Notre webinaire portera sur différentes questions liées à la lutte pour la libération de la Palestine, notamment :  

  • Les liens entre le colonialisme au Canada et en Palestine.  
  • La lutte contre le racisme anti-palestinien et l’antisémitisme.  
  • Le soutien que les syndicats peuvent fournir dès maintenant pour soutenir une paix juste et durable entre la Palestine et Israël.  

Des membres du SCFP ayant une expérience vécue et des invité(e)s prendront la parole.   

  • Mot de bienvenue de Mark Hancock, président national, et Candace Rennick, secrétaire-trésorière nationale  
  • Ronnie Joy Leah – SCFP 3911  
  • Hind Awwad – SCFP 1281  
  • Terri Monture – Kanien’kehá:ka – Clan du Loup des Six Nations de Grand River – membre retraitée du SCFP   
  • Kimalee Phillip, Service des droits de la personne du SCFP   
  • Modératrice : Lisa Djevahirdjian – Service des communications du SCFP  

Date et heure : le jeudi 16 mai 2024 de 19 h à 20 h 30 (HE)  

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Le webinaire se déroulera en anglais et des services d’interprétation en français seront offerts.  

(Il y aura un webinaire en français en juin. Informations à venir!) 

Services d’interprétation en langue des signes 

Sous-titrage en temps réel  

Ce webinaire s’adresse aux membres du SCFP, mais la famille et les ami(e)s sont les bienvenu(e)s!  

Rally for Clinical Nursing Instructors

Clinical Nursing Instructors are Unit 4 of CUPE 4207. They are negotiating their first collective agreement and will be in a third conciliation on May 28th.

Brock University refuses to bring their pay to the provincial average. Their pay grid hasn’t changed in 12 years!

Come to support the indispensable educators in health care. Ontario needs more nurses, and nursing students need Clinical Nursing Instructors! A fair settlement will avoid a strike!

There will be FREE refreshments featuring a barbecue with vegan options as well!

What exactly do Clinical Nursing Instructors do?

CNIs liaise with hospital staff and management and liaise with faculty to deliver faculty developed curriculum and structure for each course. CNIs liaise with hospital staff and management. They meet with faculty at regular intervals and more frequently with students at risk.

They provide INSTRUCTION:
The CNIs are responsible for providing effective instruction and assessment during clinical practice to students and where there are knowledge gaps we are responsible for creating success plans in conjunction with faculty. CNIs assign pass/fail grades to students and grade journal reflections, learning plans, patient care assignment sheets and provide formative and summative midterm/final evaluations.
CNIs orientate students to hospital policies and protocols and ensure they are followed by the student.

They provide STUDENT CARE:
CNIs attend to the emotional needs of student including mental health needs and accommodate students in conjunction with SAS at the University.
CNIs debrief students after dealing with ethical dilemmas observed in clinical settings or after witnessing upsetting experiences like a death.
CNIs fill out incident reports after incidents occur during clinical hours.
We also prepare and deliver post conference sessions for students after their clinical day to debrief as a group.

The CNIs provide practical instruction to give students on-the job training and experience in hospital settings They are the primary source of communication with the student during their clinical placement. Most CNIs supervise a group of up to 8 students in the hospital setting while caring for patients. The group is assigned by the hospital to a specific unit.
CNIs help students assess patients and take vital signs, directly supervise students while performing procedures. CNIs are side by side students administering medications and ensure the safety of the student and patient at all times.

Navigating Difficult Conversations for Inclusion and Equity

Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) is offering a Spring workshop: Navigating Difficult Conversations for Inclusion and Equity: Online from May 9th to June 30th

Navigating Difficult Conversations for Inclusion and Equity – Summer 2024 (Asynchronous)

Difficult conversations on challenging topics are often uncomfortable for educators and students. However, having difficult conversations as part of our teaching can help improve critical thinking skills and can assist in fostering a more inclusive educational environment. This workshop explores the potential of engaging students in challenging conversation -we will discuss the importance of multiple perspectives in teaching and pedagogical approaches to challenging topics in the classroom.   

This workshop will take place in Brightspace. 

Open to ALL Brock University Teaching Assistants, Lab Demonstrators, Course Coordinators & Marker-Graders.

Remember that Unit 1 members on contract can receive up to 5 hours of paid CPI training. This workshop counts as one hour of paid training.

Congrats to the New Executive Committee!

Here is your New Executive Committee for 2024-2025!

VP Unit 1Sarah
VP Graduate StudentsBen
VP Unit 1 InstructorsElizabeth D’
VP Unit 2/3Georgina 
VP Unit 4Rebecca
Lead Steward Unit 1Brigitte
Lead Steward Unit 2/3Donna
Lead Steward Unit 4Kate
Recording SecretaryKaren
Membership Outreach OfficerDan
Equity OfficerNwakerendu Waboso (K)
Health & Safety OfficerMikko
Congrats to the new Trustee, BRC & NDCC Delegates.

Trustee 2025 – Melissa St. Germaine-Small

Bargaining research Committee: Melissa St. Germaine-Small & Gloria Leahy

NDCC Delegates:
Jessica Srivastava
Abraham Begyina
Tracy Kennedy
Melissa St. Germaine-Small
Adwoa Owusu (Nana)
Michael Eshun


May 1 is workers’ holiday all around the world.

Here is a little bit of a background

And here are the events organized thanks to sponsorship and participation from Justice for Workers Niagara, Unifor 199, the Unifor Niagara Area Retired Workers Council, CUPE 4207, OPIRG Brock, Niagara Reproductive Justice, Niagara Health Coalition, Niagara District CUPE Council, CUPE 2977, and the Niagara Regional Labour Council.

Rally Against Privatized Healthcare

A rally against privatized healthcare at MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s office, and our evening event will feature live music performances and a community tabling fair! Workers, celebrate our achievements, and demand better labour conditions for all!

 11:30am to 1:00pm

MPP Oosterhoff’s Office: 4961 King Street, Beamsville, ON

Workers’ Gathering 

5:30pm to 9:30pm

Unifor Retiree Hall: 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines, ON

Featuring community tabling and music performances by Gravely James (7:30pm) and The Feverish Lemons duo (8:30pm).

We hope to see many of you there!

Upcoming Online CUPE Education Opportunities

The following CUPE workshops are being offered online. You can register for one of them or
both of them. Registration is free!

Introduction to CUPE (online)
May 10 from 9:00 – noon (Mountain time) / 7:00 am – 10:00 am (Eastern standard time)
Information and Registration is here:

Anti-Harassment and Bystander Training (online)
May 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 (Mountain time) / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern standard time)
Information and Registration here:

Human Trafficking Awareness

Moderated by Dr. Robyn Bourgeois and featuring five panelists. Join us for a discussion on this crucial issue – how to detect the signs, how to report it, and how to support survivors, followed by a Q&A.

Hosted by Hadiya’dagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement at Brock University.

To Register
Brock students, staff, and faculty, please register via ExperienceBU.
Public registration via Eventbrite.

A link to the virtual event will be sent prior to noon on May 3, 2024

National Day of Mourning, April 28

Workplaces are not safe. Despite health and safety laws and health and safety mandated training, in 2022 in Canada, 993 workers were killed while on the job because of unsafe working conditions.  In 2022, there were 993 recorded fatalities on the job in Canada! About 15 years ago, the labour movement  developed a campaign, Kill a Worker Go to Jail! While there were some improvements in sentencing employers for causing injury and death, not much have changed since. The number of workplace fatalities is higher in 2022 than 2020.

Mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living. (Mother Jones)

Every year, on April 28th, workers commemorate those who lost their lives on the job with the resolve to keep fighting for the safety of their working conditions. The Niagara Regional Labour Council holds annual ceremonies at 10 locations in the region. We encourage our members to visit any of them on April 28th.