January GMM


in Sankey Chamber at 5 pm

Agenda: Members are, of course, free to add items on the agenda either by emailing the info@cupe4207.org email or directly at the GMM!

There will be a guest speaker from OSSTF district 22, Shannon Smith, President. OSSTF is a labour union representing primarily high school teachers. Together with the elementary school teachers, education workers have waged a long battle to push off changes to public education that would negatively impact students, their parents and society in general. Come to the GMM to hear about the plans of the provincial government to usher in measures to invite private for profit forms of education!

  • Bargaining Updates for UNIT 1 (Unit 2 settled, and has very recently ratified their collective agreement ).
  • Elections for the Goodman School of Business Steward position. The outstanding vacancies have been filled in previous GMM’s elections. This one remains to be filled.
  • And the vote on Notice of Motion that was given at the December GMM:

8.1.2 Election of Departmental Stewards

(a)  Departmental stewards are volunteers that may be appointed by the Chief Steward as they express interest.

(b) The Union encourages self-organization of workers in departments through rank-and-file union activists.  It is understood that all members shall be included in any communications in a department.

(c) It shall be responsibility of each elected Departmental Steward to provide their name and contact information for the Chief Steward of their Unit within three (3) calendar days.

New – Unit 1 Bargaining Statement

Dec 9, 2019

It is becoming increasingly clear to the union that management is tone deaf to the union’s attempts to improve the dignity, respect, equity, and well-being of CUPE 4207 members. A short, tense bargaining meeting took place on Dec 9, 2019, where management basically stated that they were unwilling to contemplate any of the significant priorities that the union had brought to the table thus far. … Read more…

Payslip notice

We have been informed by Human Resources that members whose contract expires December 31, and who do not hold a contract in the Winter, should expect their last pay on January 10th. Since the switch to the Workday system, members had no access to their payslips after their last day of contract. The employer has enabled members to access their pay information seven days after the final pay deposit. Here is what they sent us: … Read more…

December GMM

We are holding general meeting in December this year.Why?

Because we are in BARGAINING!

MONDAY, DEC. 16 at 4 PM in WELCH HALL 209

We do a random draw for a gift card at the end of our general meetings!

AGENDA: Electing the two remaining faculty stewards for the term ending April 30, 2020.

  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Business
  • One Unit 1 Bargaining Committee member to fill in vacancy after a resignation. The work on the bargaining team is time consuming and requires a good grasp of the collective bargaining agreement and the issues in the post-secondary sector, precarious contract work at the academia. The BC member should be graduate student in the defined term of their program.
  • Up to five delegates to the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (a sectoral committee of CUPE Ontario) conference. The conference runs February 20 – 23 at the CUPE-O headquarters in Markham (no link yet).
  • Up to four delegates to CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurers Conference February 18 – 21 in Richmond Hill.

Read more…



9 am to 9 pm in Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet is reserved the two days for us to do our super busy and stressful end of the term work in peace and tranquility, and in a collective of other workers who suffer the same pressures (maybe a bit hyperbolic, but maybe not as much).

There will be food, coffee, soft drinks and healthy snacks.

Drop in any time between 9am and 9pm with the pile of your work! Set up your workspace, grab a drink and go at it!

Some of our members have no access to an office at Brock. If you are one of them, please let the union know!

*’Anti’ because this marking/grading social requires we abstain from the usual ‘marks’ of socialization such as loud talking…

Niagara District CUPE Council end of year social

Niagara District CUPE Council celebrates the end of each busy activist year by a social with great free food and shared camaraderie in struggle.

Monday, December 2nd at the Niagara CUPE Area Office, 110A Hannover Drive, Suite 101; St. Catharines

5:30 pm – meet and greet

6:00 pm – NDCC meeting

6:30 pm –  dinner

Members of our local are invited to attend.  We need to let the NDCC organizers know how many members would attend by November 25. info@cupe4207.org


December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

This is an annual commemorative event for the murdered women students at Polytechnique Montréal, an engineering school in Quebec. On December 6, 1989, a man, claiming death to feminists, opened fire at students, killing 14 women and leaving 14 more people injured.
The NIAGARA REGIONAL LABOUR COUNCIL hosts Break the Silence against Domestic Violence event in the form of a ceremony and breakfast, gathering/networking on Friday, December 6th at 7 am, at the The Stone Mill Inn, 271 Merritt Street, St. Catharines.

Read more…

Member of the Month

The Member of the Month for November is ALISON ROTHWELL. She is also a member and President of OSSTF district 35, the labour union that represents Support Staff at Brock. When Alison  became a member of our Unit 1, she did not shy away from sharing experience and extending her support to CUPE 4207. Solidarity!

Alison’s election buddy Quee-Queg. She takes her out canvassing. Both of them were busy in the recent federal elections campaign.

I joined CUPE 4207 in 2017 as I returned to school to pursue my graduate work here at Brock and am a proud Union member of both CUPE and OSSTF. I’ve been so impressed by how active and passionate our executive members are and the many opportunities they continue to offer members to become engaged, educated, and involved – locally and nationally.

Most recently I’ve really enjoyed being part of the bargaining process as an observer during negotiations.

It’s a terrific opportunity to learn more about the functioning of our Union and to see, first hand, how hard our bargaining team is working to better our working conditions. I strongly encourage members to get more involved in their Union and to make sure to take advantage of all CUPE has to offer! I am thrilled to be member of the month!


Our November GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING is on TUESDAY NOV. 19 at 4 pm in the POND INLET





We will start with a guest speaker from CUPE Niagara District Council who will briefly speak on the CUPE Ontario campaign Communities, Not Cuts.


BARGAINING UPDATES – this is your time to ask questions and discuss bargaining issues!

elections for Steward positions in

    • Applied Health Sciences
    • Education
    • Goodman School of Business

elections for two delegates to the Disability and Work conference in Ottawa