October 18, 2017
CUPE 4207, representing 1000 academic teaching staff at Brock University, sends its full and unwavering support for your job action to fight against precarious working conditions and the growth of part-time work and for increased academic freedom, job security, and equal work for equal pay.
We are motivated and inspired by your job action against one of the largest scourges of our times – precarious work. Often in the form of part-time and/or contract work, it has devastating effects on workers’ emotional and physical well-being through economic insecurity, additional stress, work-life imbalances, and the inability to plan one’s life. The dependency on part-time and contract work in post-secondary institutions is an attack on the very communities that keep these institutions running. Colleges and universities alike must learn that workers will not stand for this unsustainable model. OPSEU College Faculty are now at the forefront of a movement to create the kinds of conditions so many academic workers across Ontario have been discussing for years. We offer our support in whatever form we can for as long as it takes.
CUPE 4207 Executive Committee
Brock University, St. Catharines
This year, we are having our annual social at the curling club! On Saturday, November 4th you have the chance to step on the ice and treat yourself to a game of curling! How exciting is that, eh?
On September 27, in a show of solidarity to achieve a fair contract, the ESL instructors voted 90% ‘yes’ on the question to give a strike mandate to Unit 3 Bargaining Committee. The overwhelming ‘yes’ vote doesn’t mean that there will be a strike but it demonstrates the level of Unit 3 members’ support for the bargaining priorities negotiated by their bargaining team. The confident ‘yes’ vote also mandates the bargaining team and the local’s executive Committee to authorize job action if negotiations come to an impasse.
What is next? The Unit 3 bargaining Committee will meet the employer at conciliation, date to be yet determined.
This Monday, September 25th, is our very first General Membership Meeting this Fall. Food, drinks and a draw for a prize for a solved crossword puzzle!
- Unit 3 Bargaining Update
- Unit 1 Health Benefit Plan, Q&A.
- Election of One Delegate to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Convention, November 19-24, Toronto.
- Election of up to 2 members to CUPE Ontario Injured Workers/H&S Conference, October 17-21, Toronto.
- Reports from delegates to CUPE Ontario Convention and CLC Convention.
- Refreshments for GMMs in 2017-2018
- Donation for Disaster Relief
- Subscription from Lancaster House
- Political Action Conference, CUPE Ontario Fall School
Incoming members who have signed their contracts for this Fall may have already noticed the absence of preferred payment schedule check boxes, together with the list of the actual dollar amounts for each pay day.
The university has implemented a new pay schedule over the summer — “bi-weekly pay cycle with one week lag“. This means that we get paid one week after the two week pay period by which we have been paid according to the former pay system.
If your pay info was submitted on August 31 (on a contract already signed, starting Sep 1) you will get two days of pay on Friday, September 8th. The next pay day will be September 22. How much will be deposited each pay day is not clear and so far it looks like it’s left up to your own calculations and estimates…
You can access your payroll-related information by clicking on “Additional Resources” square LOGIN TO ONEBROCK link on the HR website. Sign in as an employee and once in the Office 365 SharePoint page, click on “Payroll”.
Yes, September is a bustling month for all on campus. Still, before the term enters into its full swing, we thought that our members, new and returning, can drop in for some nosh and chat and see what is their union all about.
The crossword puzzle is part of our Fall newsletter, or you can print it out from here.
Or a clever way to cut the hourly wage of marker/grader/TA by more than a half and market it outside of our bargaining unit? Judge for yourself; read the posting Job Posting_Proof-reader_2017-2018 FW and feel free to comment on our facebook page Cupe4207/ and open group groups/cupe4207/.
OUR LOCAL’S UNIT 3, all instructors in ESL services, have been negotiating a new contract for a a few months now. The employer is wielding a heavy hand, pressuring the instructors to accept conditions existing before their unionization.
Come to the Special General Membership Meeting to learn about the current status of Unit 3 bargaining and hear/ participate in the discussion and decision-making about future steps our local will take in the negotiations.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9th 2017
4 pm in GL 164.
As a Special GMM the meeting’s agenda is as follows (no regular GMM agenda is in order):
Bargaining Updates – Unit 3
Bargaining Mobilization – Unit 3
Strike Mandate Vote – Unit 3
NOOKMIS JOSEPHINE MANDAMIN and the Water Walkers of 2017 are coming to St. Catharines.
Thursday June 29th
4:45 – 7 pm
Anglican Church on 83 Church St.
The event is open to the whole community.
Donations to the raffle table, feast table and monetary donations are welcomed. All proceeds will go to the Water Walkers to further their journey.
For coverage of the walk check out e.g., this and this source.
The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition originated in and is sponsored by our local.