Interested in a dinner and dance?

Our comrades in CUPE 1295 are having a banquet at Club Capri on December 16th starting at 5 :30 pm. Our local purchased 16 tickets for 1295-ers banquet.

The tickets are free for members who want to attend – just give us a shout at cupe4207@brocku.ca.

Prizes, raffle good food and dance, and of course, solidarity!

 

November 27 General Members Meeting

Our November GMM is on January 27th at 4 pm in Pond Inlet. Among the agenda items are ELECTIONS

  • of EQUITY OFFICER (for duties see article 7.9 in our bylaws) . Equity Officer is an Executive Committee position, with term ending April 30, 2018.
  • Six delegates to Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee annual conference in February 2018 (during reading week).
  • One delegate to Niagara District CUPE Council (to fill vacancy until April 30, 2018)
  • Four delegates to CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Conference Jan. 22- 25, 2018 in Toronto.
  • Any item you would like to discuss can be added directly at the meeting.

You won’t be starving coming to the meeting –  we have the necessities of life there for you – food, drinks, camaraderie and the good feeling that you participate in the construction of your future!

CUPE 4207 supports Haudenosaunee right to hunt

The following statement was moved by the Executive Committee in solidarity with Six Nations treaty rights that include their right to hunt. November 11th commenced the first of the six days of the annual hunt in Short Hills Park on Pelham Road in St. Catharines. The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition is engaged in solidarity support during the harvest. See the ISC’s page on our website for schedule of reconciliation events and activities and the Six Nations Right to Hunt webpage.

Statement of Solidarity from the Executive Committee

CUPE 4207 represents Academic Workers at Brock University which is located on the traditional beaver hunting grounds, a shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and other nations.

Our union recognizes the treaty rights of all Indigenous Peoples and the responsibility of settlers to honour these rights as we work and live on colonized land.

We understand that we are in a Nation-to-Nation relationship and that Haudenosaunee are self-determining and sovereign. We specifically recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples to harvest on their traditional lands.

CUPE 4207 commits to standing in solidarity with Six Nations and all other Indigenous peoples. Our Indigenous Solidarity Coalition @ Brock and CUPE 4207 Equity Committee strive to offer events and campaigns that raise awareness and educate our members about upholding treaties through positive and respectful Nation-to-Nation relationships.

More statements of support:

Click here for one from Indigenous Solidarity Coalition.


And the following letter of support from IATSE local 461 ( International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ): Continue reading

CUPE 1295 Banquet

Fellow Brock workers of CUPE 1295 (maintenance trades, and custodial) are having their 37th annual christmas banquet on December 16th at Club Capri in Thorold. See poster here. Our local made a solidarity purchase of 16 tickets. We will give them away to interested members.

Interested in attending? Email cupe4207@brocku.ca. There is good food, raffles and prize draws, DJ music and dance. Free!

Equity Officer position vacant

Our Equity Officer is moving on to a new job. We wish Samantha the best in her new pursuits in the beautiful city of Peterborough!

There will be an election to the vacant position of Equity Officer at our November 27th General Members Meeting [GMM]. Any member can run for the position. Please send nominations (you can nominate yourself as well!) and/or inquiries to cupe4207@brocku.ca. You can nominate a member or yourself directly at the GMM.

This is an Executive Committee position subject to monthly stipend. All elected positions in our local expire on April 30 each year. General elections into all positions are held at our Annual General Members meeting [AGM] in April (date/location TBD ).

Here is the list of duties related to the position as per our bylaws:

Continue reading

SOLIDARITY WITH OPSEU COLLEGE FACULTY

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.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 4207 Executive Committee
Brock University, St. Catharines
cupe4207@brocku.ca
www.4207.cupe.ca

UNIT 3 strike mandate vote: 90%

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.

 

 

 

GMM MONDAY SEP. 25

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!

Agenda:  

  • 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