March General Membership meeting

The bylaw changes that are to be discussed and voted on. https://4207.cupe.ca/files/2019/02/BylawNoticeFebruary2019.pd

Ten delegates to CUPE Ontario Convention

Any member in good standing can run for the position of a delegate to the CUPE Ontario annual convention. This year, the convention will be a site of many discussions, planning and organizing to push back the provincial government’s attack on public social programs, people who need them and the workers who work for them. https://cupe.on.ca/event/convention-2019/

Strike deadline for food workers at Brock and a petition

Our fellow CUPE 1295 members need your help! Near 150 food service workers of CUPE 1295 have been negotiating a new contract for many months. Their employer, Sodexo, a multinational corporation that Brock contracts out to provide food services on campus. (The food service workers will be in legal strike position on MARCH 25, at 12:01 am.) THE WORKERS HAVE SINCE REACHED A TENTATIVE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT. However, learning about the Dine-In Campaign is still actual and signing the online petition  is still necessary to move ahead in the better food at Brock movement.
CUPE 4207 stands with the food workers of CUPE 1295!

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LUNCHEON ON OVERWORK – UNIT 1

Here is an opportunity to get together, have some great lunch prepared by CUPE 1295 and chat about our working conditions – concerns that would provide feedback and support for our bargaining team.

From 12:00 noon to 2 pm in Sankey Chamber on Tuesday March 12.

Spread the word, talk to your fellow coworkers. There is a strength in finding common interest and experience.

 

 

Unit 1 Bargaining Survey

The bargaining survey has been emailed directly from Survey Monkey to members on February 27th. If you have not received it, please contact info@cupe4207.org or ext. 4766.

Our union began the bargaining process with the election of your Bargaining Committee (us!) at the November GMM. Bargaining will commence over the Summer prior to the expiry of our agreement in September.

Given the cutbacks to funding initiated by the Conservative Government, this round of bargaining will most likely prove challenging. However, the more members are involved, the stronger we will be in negotiating a fair and better collective agreement that recognizes the work that we do while providing the resources necessary to do that work.

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Micro Social # 6 CURLING

We are going curling on Saturday, March 30.

Email the union to reserve a spot.

Wear comfortanble clothing, running shoes and remember that the activity happens on ice! The temperature is much lower than in the gym ;-). Wear a comfortable warm jacket.

Here is a brief intro video (the slider for your shoe will be provided.) Come at 5:30 pm sharp as the instructions and training on ice take time before a game is played.

 

 

FEB 19 STUDENT/WORKERS MARCH

This rally make sfor an important show of opposition to recent changes to OSAP and to operations of student organizations as proposed by the Ontario PC government. Our local covers the cost of transportation to the rally. Email info@cupe4207.org if you want to go!

The proposed changes will hurt students and workers alike, and undermine the beneficial activities of student unions (at least the progressive student unions that work on staying independent from the university administration). Ancillary fees are still going to be levied if universities deem a project be financed form students’ personal pockets. Over those fees students have no say! Tuition fees are on the rise and the job market grows increasingly precarious. Students on OSAP are tremendously disadvantaged and once seeking a job in order to live are also encumbered with a loan to pay back, with a hefty interst. Collectively, students owe more than $28 billion to all governments across the country ( and an unknown amount in private loans).

This wave of rallies is a prelude to a larger battle workers must wage for a better society. The Ontario government is dead set on running human society on a for -profit business basis. Elementary education and health care are also on the chopping block for funding and slated to be privatized. Take a stand on this, inform yourself, and have your voice heard.

February GMM

Our February general meeting is after the reading week, on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 3 pm in Welsh Hall room 207. 

ON AGENDA:

  • Elections for two positions 
Business Steward (term ending April 30, 2019)
International Steward (term ending April 30, 2019)
for description of stewards’ duties, go to article 8 in our bylaws https://4207.cupe.ca/files/2018/10/Updated-Bylaws-May-2018.docx.pdf
  • Bargaining Update from Unit 1 and Unit 2 bargaining committees and Bargaining Research Committee
  • Voting on Proposed Bylaw Changes*   these proposed amendments are going to be discussed and voted on at this meeting.
  • Notice of Bylaw Changes. New. These amendments are to be voted on at March 2019 GMM (This is a work of the Policy, Bylaw and Finance Committee)
  •  TA Hours Tracking Tool
  • Report from delegates to the Ontario University Workers COordinating Committee – a sectorl committee [OUWCC] of CUPE Ontario. The conference is Feb 21 -24 and the members have elected 5 delegates.
  • Three books are going to be given away to lucky members in a draw: 1., 2, and 3.

*These bylaw proposals are going to be voted on separately:

Notice 1 – Benefits Committee proposal

Notice 2 – Vice President Duties

Notice 3 – Two-Year Term for President and Treasurer

Notice 4 – Vacancy/Recall Language

 

BOWLING! Micro Social # 6

Our Micro Social # 6 is on February 8 – Friday –  at 6 pm!

We are super excited to have a micro social at the bowling alley at Parkway Social on 327 Ontario Street in St. Catharines.

The lanes are booked for 6 pm and we have an hour (with the option to extend, depending on circumstances) so please show up on time 🙂

Interested members should email the union to claim their tickets. Because it is a MicroSocial the bowling includes cost of the lanes (six lanes) and rental of bowling shoes. Food and drink is excluded from the purchased package.

Email info@cupe4207.org to reserve a spot!

 

NOTICE: four proposals to amend bylaws

This is a notice of proposed amendments to our bylaws.

The amendments proposed affect four areas:

  •  Benefits Committee (entirely new language Article 19)
  • Vice Presidents Duties (added language)
  • Two terms of service for President and Treasurer (new concept)
  • Vacancy and recall language (new language)

These proposed changes are going to be discussed and voted on at our next General Membership Meeting  (date and location to be announced).