Unit 1 and Unit 2 New Bargaining Committees

Unit 1 and Unit 2 Bargaining Committees – 2022

At the GMM on Thurs, Nov 18th, Joan Dundas (VP U2) and Donna Pearce were nominated and acclaimed as members of the Unit 2 Bargaining Committee. The President, Nathan Cecckin, is automatically a Unit 2 Bargaining Committee member.

Darrin Sunstrum, Stacyann Williams (Grad Student member), Tracy Kennedy, and Brigitte Cecckin were nominated and acclaimed as members of the Unit 1 Bargaining Committee. The President, Nathan Cecckin, is automatically a Unit 1 Bargaining Committee member. There is one vacancy on the Unit 1 Bargaining Committee, which will be revisited at the January 2022 GMM.


Solidarity with Palestinian people and workers (webinar)

This SATURDAY November 20 at 6:00 PM ET,
CUPE members across Canada and allies are invited to hear from a number of speakers and engage in a moderated discussion in solidarity with Palestine. Organized by the CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee and the CUPE BC International Solidarity Committee.

Rory Gill, President of CUPE Alberta
Anna Lippman, member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) and CUPE 3903
Moe Alqasem, president of CUPE 1281 and member of CUPE Ontario Executive Board

Opening remarks by:
Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario
Karen Ranalletta, President of CUPE BC

Register Here Webinar Registration – Zoom

OPIRG Updates!

Niagara Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Gathering

Nov 20, 2pm-4pm 

Members of the Trans* community and their allies are invited to gather in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, to honor the dead, support the living and take action for a better tomorrow. Join us for an afternoon of panel discussions, live performances and connect with trans-inclusive resources in Niagara. The event will be hosted virtually and a zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants the day of the event.

Register via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.ca/e/niagara-transgender-day-of-remembrance-virtual-gathering-tickets-207433177217

There will also be an in-person live screening of the event at the St. Catharines Public Library. Seating is limited to 12 people. Masks and proof of covid vaccinations are required. Registration via same eventbrite link.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Transgender Action Coalition (NTAC), a group made up of Trans individuals and allies representing community organizations including Brock Student Justice Centre, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre @dahacmha, Niagara Falls Community Health Centre, OPIRG Brock, OUTniagara, PFLAG Niagara, Positive Living Niagara, Quest Community Health Centre @questchc, and Transgender Niagara.

BIPOC Holiday Market hosted by Black Owned 905

Sunday November 21, 2021 in St. Catharines Market Square!


Options for holiday gifts that help support OPIRG Brock!

Consider purchasing 1 (or more!) of the OPIRG Brock Beanies from local artist Cozy Bones! With 25% of profits from every hat sold going to OPIRG Brock’s ongoing fundraising efforts, these hats come in colour from the OPIRG Brock branding and are made of Acrylic Yarn & a limited edition OPIRG Brock cork canvas tag! Local Pick Up/Drop Off locations are available in the Niagara Region. Please use the code “LOCALPICKUP” to avoid shipping fees!

Also, items on the OPIRG Brock Shop page (The Coming Out Monologues V. 2, signing up a family member as an OPIRG Brock patreon member, custom button design, etc.) are also available for purchase through the OPIRG Brock website!

Check out OPIRG Brock website main page for an up-to-date list of webinars, online events, petitions, fundraisers, rallies, etc.!


November General Membership

Reminder to CUPE 4207 Members 
The November General Membership Meeting is Thurs, Nov 18th at 5pm.
November 2021 GMM – Agenda
Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual Meeting Online (via Zoom)
Guest Speaker: Kerry Duncan, OUTniagara
1. Call the Meeting to Order
2. Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territory
3. Approval of the Agenda
4. Roll-Call of Officers
5. Reading of the Equality Statement
6. Minute of Silence
7. Voting on new members and initiation
8. Acceptance of the Minutes – November 21, 2021 GMM Minutes
9. Matters arising from the Minutes
10. Treasurer’s Report
11. Communications
12. Executive Committee Reports
13. Reports of Committees and Delegates
a. Election of Two Unit 2 Bargaining Committee Members
b. Election of Five Unit 1 Bargaining Committee Members
c. Election of a Unit 3 Vice President (December 1, 2021 – March 30, 2022)
15. Old Business
16.New Business
a. CUPE 4207 Toques
b. Disability and Work in Canada Virtual Conference, Dec. 1 – 2 and Dec. 6 -7 (12:15 – 3:30 each day)
c. New Brunswick CUPE Strike/ Lock-out Support
d. Resources (Winter, 2022)
e. Operation Christmas Cheer
17. Good of the Union
– Giveaway
18. Adjournment

International Graduate Student Solidarity Event

Dear International Students,

We are thrilled to co-host this event in collaboration with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at Brock and Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Brock!

International Graduate Student Solidarity Event
An event hosted by CUPE 4207, OPIRG Brock and the GSA.
Thursday, Nov 4th, 2021 at 6pm.

We have planned a webinar dedicated to answer the most important questions of our graduate International Students at Brock University. The event will take place on zoom so make sure to register in advance. Save the date for Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m! We will have experienced International graduate students with us who will cover various topics from applying, to scholarships, to tenants rights, to immigration pathways.

Guest speakers: Rakha Zabin, Jermaine B. Marshall, & Kaho Nishibu.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qfJH2Ax5TqaAgTgabwxBgA

#Tweets4Tolerance Campaign

Chapters4Change will be launching our first #Tweets4Tolerance campaign on Monday, November 1st (running to November 16). We want to encourage the Brock University community to participate so that we may show our support for the International Day for Tolerance.

The International Day for Tolerance is held on November 16th of each year. This day was created to bring awareness regarding the impacts of intolerance and the importance of respecting culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

To participate in this campaign, please visit our website for more information: https://www.chapters4change.com/national-day-for-tolerance

Georgian college is excited to take part in this campaign and Brock International have committed to taking part as well.


Janice Desroches (U3) & Jenn Shelswell
(Co-Founders of Chapters4Change)

WSIB Worker Exposure Incident Form

A Message from Your Health & Safety Officer

WSIB Worker Exposure Incident Form

If you have been notified that you may have been exposed to Covid-19 in the workplace, we encourage you to fill out the WSIB Worker Exposure Incident form (3958a) and send it directly to the WSIB as soon as possible to begin building a potential claim (*Note: this does not go to the employer!).

This isn’t the WSIB claim itself, but it starts a paper trail before you do fill out a Form 6 after you’ve been diagnosed with symptomatic Covid-19.


This form is also useful for any type of exposure apart from Covid-19 (chemical or biological).

If you need help filling it out, contact Mikko Kivisto –  healthandsafety@cupe4207.org

Women’s Committee Open Zoom Meeting

Calling all CUPE women!

Join the Women’s Committee meeting at an open, virtual meeting on Oct. 28 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST.

Register here:

Join CUPE Ontario Women’s Committee in an open virtual meeting to connect with the committee members, CUPE sectors and two of our women leaders. We will hear from different sector representatives about the equity work that is taking place in their sectors. We will also have with us Candace Rennick, our CUPE Ontario Secretary Treasurer to speak about the CUPE National safe union spaces taskforce as well as the CUPE Ontario sexual violence and harassment working group. Regional Vice-President Yolanda McClean will discuss the Anti Racism Organizational Action Plan (AROAP) and how members can contribute to this work.

French translation and ASL will be provided.

We look forward to having you join us on Oct. 28!