General Members Meeting

Monday, January 25th at 3 pm

We have resolved our election difficulties by holding elections by mail.

Agenda for the meeting.

The description of duties of the positions to be elected is in our bylaws, Articles 7 and 8.

The term in office for the elected positions will be March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022, instead for the bylaw mandated May 1 – April 30th.

This was voted on at our December 2020 GMM. … Read more…

TA and Marker-Grader duties

It has been brought to our attention that some departments expect Marker-Graders to do TA duties.

Marker-Graders are being asked, for example, to field students’ inquiries about assignment  instructions, which is a TA duty.

If anyone is asked to perform TA duties while on a M-G contract, please contact the Chief Steward,

Below is the Workload language from our Collective Agreement, Article 22.01: … Read more…

Retro pay on your payroll

Our Unit 1 collective bargaining ended on November 3 2020, with both sides ratifying the new language for 2019 – 2022. The increase in pay for 2019-2020 will be paid retroactively (see Appendix B in the new collective agreement).

HR notified us that this is how retro pay is handled:

  1. Members with contracts D1 (September – April) will receive retro payment  as a lump sum that “will make up for the difference between the old and new rates for the entire duration of the contract.” This lump sum pay will be paid in January, while the old rates apply for the duration of their D1 contract.
  2. Members with D3 contracts will be paid the new rate of pay.

The payday schedule is here.  Please let us know is you have any questions

No procuring of teaching materials out of pocket!

A concern emerged about our members being asked to pay for the teaching material they need for their job. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide the material for you.

If you are asked by your supervisor to buy your own textbook, or any other material required to teach the course*, contact the union!

Article 21.05 of our Collective Agreement is explicit: Members of the Bargaining Unit shall not be required to personally pay for textbooks or other course materials that the University requires for the Member to discharge her duties.

*Sometimes, in our busy minds and under the daily pressures of grad work, the two roles, being a graduate student and a worker at the university, coalesce. This is a reminder that when we work as Teaching Assistants or Lab Demonstrators, the cost of the teaching materials is covered by the employer.

Human Rights Conference

This is a call for delegates to the CUPE National Human Rights Conference. (More details about the conference are still to come.)

The conference runs for four days March 1 – March 4, from noon to 4 pm each day.

The local will ‘send’ up to 10 members to the conference.

Members who are interested in attending the Human Rights Conference should email the union at The local will pay the registration fees, your book off from work and a $25 per diem. Please declare your interest by January 24th. The call is on first come first serve principle.



Thank you for you continuous support!

This semester has been an incredibly difficult for all of us.

The  Member of the Month for December is all of you!

You can see MoMs here (not including those who did not wish to be on the website).

Calendars, Masks and Collective Agreements

We have created table top calendars for January 2021 – August 2021, just like last year, flip over week by week. We have ordered CUPE 4207 face masks from a unionized promotions company, and the new Unit 1 Collective Agreement will be printed out soon.

Any one of these items, or all three, can be yours!  Just fill in this form and we will mail the item(s) out to you once we receive them – hopefully in December.


Benefits Survey Results

Thank you all who engaged with our health benefits survey.  It was an instrumental document for our Benefits Committee meeting held on November 30th. We met with the Canadian Benefits Consulting Group to discuss the best possible benefits package for our members, given the patterns of use and the changes in funding for the 2019 – 2022 period.  You can see the results here.

Next meeting of the Benefits Committee is on February 23 at 2 pm.