GMM Wednesday OCTOBER 24

Our October general meeting is on Wednesday October 24 at 4 pm in Goodman School of Business (of all places at Brock..) room number 408. Hopefully both elevators are already working. Otherwise use the one in the new addition since the Taro building elevator has been our of service for a few weeks.

For special accommodation and coverage of child care, lease email the union prior to the meeting.


  • One of the three trustees still needs to be elected – Election of a Trustee

And all you the member want to discuss – bring it to the GMM.

Heads up: in November we will be electing members to UNIT 1 BARGAINING COMMITTEE- five members to represent Unit 1 in collective agreement negotiations in the upcoming year. Look at article 12 of our bylaws for details.

Article 12 is also pasted here:

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General Members Meeting September 27

THISTLE 147 at 4 pm (please note the room has been changed from TH 246 to THISTLE 147)

NEW! Become the lucky winner of a ticket to SAM 23 !What to do:  come to the meeting | put your name in a hat |  we will draw the winners at the end of the meeting.

The Debaters tickets will be there as well!

Problems with Workday? Bring it to the meeting! 

The local is holding a general meeting on Thursday, September 27, at 4 pm in Thistle 246. There will be food, a CUPE 1287 member as a guest speaker for 10 minutes, and we will chat about Workday and other issues The meeting will be called to order at 4:30. . Remember that the union is only as good (read your working conditions) as the members (you) make it! **

We have an IMPORTANT AGENDA this first GMM of the term.  ELECTIONS FOR SEVERAL POSITIONS are going to be held at the meeting. Any member in good standing can run for any of open the positions. See elections of officers, article 7.12 in our bylaws

Vice President Graduate Students Members – NEW POSITION

Equity Officer, see description of duties in our bylaws, article 7

Health and Safety Officer, see description of duties in our bylaws article 7

Unit 2 Vice President*

Unit 2 Steward*

Unit 3 Vice President*

Unit 3 Steward*

We are also going to elect delegates to these two conferences:

Delegates to CUPE Ontario Health and Safety and Injured Workers Conference

Delegates to CUPE Ontario Women’s Conference

*Only members of these respective units can run for and elect members to these positions.

** 4.1 The governing bodies of the Local shall consist of the following:
(a) The Membership
(b) The Executive Committee
(c) The Stewards Council
(d) Committees: Committees of the executive may be formed to make specific recommendations to the executive on any given issue. Committees of the general membership may also be formed, open to all members in good standing. Committees can work toward new policy or on the basis of already existing policy, but they cannot contravene the Local’s by-laws, and must not act so as to undermine the policies duly enacted by the general membership.
4.2 The plenary authority of the Local shall rest with the membership of the Local. Such authority shall be exercised in properly constituted membership meetings and referenda, in accordance with these bylaws.

MicroSocials 2018

This year, we have a list of varied social/entertainment/chilling out events rather than one big social. Most of these micro socials require to let the union know your intention to attend and some of them necessitate partial coverage of the cost, though the local is paying for most of the expense. This way we can fit within the budget allocated for social activity last April by our members, while reaching members with differing interests.  We are starting off with three MicroSocials in the next few weeks: a trip to Canada’s Wonderland, live CBC radio stand up comedy show, The Debaters, and a hike through the Niagara escarpment in the splendor of early fall colours. Continue reading

Mark Your Calendars: Table of Events for September/Ocotber


September 8 TA DAY Centre for PedagogicaI Innovation
September 19 CUPE 4207 OPEN HOUSE Noon to 4 pm MC C 402 and hallway
September 20 Take Back the Night 6 pm St. Catharines Library
September 27 General Members Meeting 4:30 TH 147
September 30 Microsocial Wonderland 9:30 am to 10 pm Brock Location TBA
October 2 Microsocial Debaters 7 pm Partridge Hall, St. Catharines
October 13 Microsocial Bruce Trail hike 2 pm Brock location TBA
November 23
IceDogs v Barrie Colts 7 pm Meridian Centre St. Catharines

Niagara District CUPE Council School

The Niagara District CUPE Council is a central CUPE  body with which CUPE locals in the Niagara Region, such as ours, choose to affiliate.  Elected delegates attend monthly meetings and act as an information liaison between the local and the council. You can see that it is very important for locals to communicate by staying connected. After all, different occupations and workplaces are not the source of division but commonalities that we all experience and share as workers.

The School
The Niagara District CUPE Council hosts union educational and workshops. Our local will send up to 6 members to each of the workshops listed and linked below. Most of them are Steward Learning Series [SLS] modules and thus preference is going to be given to our stewards should more than 6 people (stewards among them) express interest and commitment to attend.

This does not mean that other members are excluded from their chance to attend! We all have different schedules and not all stewards would likely be attending every single school.

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Strategic Planning meeting

Our local holds strategic planning meeting on June 15th from 9 am to no longer than 5 pm in Plaza 308.

This meeting is open for all members; elected officers should be attending. Lunch and snacks are covered by the local. Morning session will be facilitated by CUPE National.

Strategic planning is a collaborative way to set achievable and measurable goals for your local. It will help you determine what will be implemented over a matter of weeks and years so your local can evolve and grow to serve your membership better. It is also a way to build capacity and activism within your local. This is not an off the shelf workshop. Each situation is different and requires a tailor made approach.

Register here: