General Members Meeting November 26

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This GMM is significant as we are going to elect five members to Unit 1 Bargaining Committee. This election is conducted nine months prior to our collective agreement expiry date (September 7, 2019).

Preparations for bargaining is a lengthy and labourious process that requires serious engagement of all members elected. After all, the language in our collective agreement (the contract negotiated between the union and the university for the next period) has serious bearing on the working conditions of the 1,000 members in Unit 1, and by extension also on members of Units 2 and 3. We know well that our working conditions both directly and indirectly affect students.

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Special General Members Meetings

We are holding two special membership meetings with the objective to present, discuss and vote on our local bylaws* that include the changes CUPE National asked our local to make for a full endorsement of the bylaws required by CUPE constitution.

There are two steps to bylaw change. First, the local gives notice to members that change(s) to bylaws is being proposed. The second step of the process takes place at the next general meeting where a discussion about the bylaw amendment(s) takes place, followed by a motion to accept the amendment(s). To make change(s) to bylaws, two thirds of the votes are necessary to pass the changes.

It is understood that members will acquaint themselves with the changes as presented in the first step, and come prepared to discuss and vote in the subsequent meeting.

Here are the amendments to our bylaws as requested by CUPE National. Only the bylaw articles undergoing changes are being presented here. The bold text indicates addition of a new language; cross through text indicates replacement of the old text by the new/bold and/or proposed to be removed. The whole set of bylaws is on our website.

  1. SGMM to give notice of bylaw amendments. This step involves simply notifying  members that there are proposed changes to bylaws (in this particular case it involves the entire set of bylaws).                                                                          May 10, Thursday,  from 12 pm – 1:30 pm in WH 324
  2. SGMM to discuss and vote on the amended bylaw package:                                    May 16, Wednesday, from  4 pm – 7 pm in WH 204
  • there is also a proposed amendment to our Policies. In addition to our default agenda items, following reading of the  Equality Statement, it is proposed to also read Recognition of Territory, and hold  Moment of Silence for fallen workers. While we have been practicing these two acknowledgements, we need to have this practice recorded.

 

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our AGM is on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 pm in Thistle 325.

The main item on the agenda at our annual general meetings is ELECTIONS. See the agenda for this AGM with all the positions that are going to be elected. The positions’ duties are listed in our bylaws.

We will also be voting on two BYLAW AMENDMENTS.

One large amendment, particular to Unit 1, speaks to strengthening of our bargaining practices by a) adding a Bargaining Research Committee on the roster of standing committees (standing committee means a committee that is mandated to exist and be active by our bylaws), and b) by ensuring greater transparency and collaboration between the Bargaining Committee (the one that meets and negotiates with the employer) and the other committees and membership in reporting on the developments in negotiations.

The other amendment proposes to create another Vice President Position for Unit 1 that would be held by a graduate student member only.

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March GMM

Our GMM is on March 22 at 5 pm in Glenridge room 164.

On agenda is voting on proposed amendments to bylaws and policies.

For information on workshops offered at the Niagara CUPE School go here https://www.facebook.com/events/568937476789918/

The proposed changes to our bylaws are available here. You can also find them in a post below. Hard copies are posted on CUPE boards in your department. The strike-through text means the language is targeted for removal, and the bold text is the newly added language.

 

Changes to our bylaws reflect focus on bargaining

Our March General Members Meeting is on the 22nd at 5 pm, location to be announced.

At the last GMM on February 28, a notice of change to bylaws was given. This means that attending members were presented with proposed changes to the bylaws of our local. On March 22, attending members will be voting on the acceptance of these newly proposed bylaw additions and changes.

The Policy, Bylaw and Finance Committee is tasked with assessing the current bylaws and policies in order to be able to respond to the ever changing environment at our workplace. The addition of the Bargaining Research Committee and the changes to both Bargaining Support and Bargaining Committees reflect the pressing needs of our local to be better prepared for negotiations with the employer.

The proposed changes are available here. The strike-through text shows the current language that is proposed to be removed, while the newly added language is in bold.

February GMM on Wednesday 28th @ 4pm

Our February General Members Meeting is on the last day of the month.

AGENDA:

  • CUPE Ontario Convention

We will be electing 10 delegates* to CUPE Ontario Convention that runs from May 30 to July 2, 2018 and is held in Toronto.

Our local is affiliated with CUPE Ontario. This provincial body of CUPE holds annual conventions for delegates from CUPE locals all around Ontario. This year is an election year; this means that the delegates will be electing members of the executive board of CUPE Ontario, one trustee and eight caucus representatives. You can see the positions and other so far released logistics by clicking on the convention link above. The whole experience, engagement and learning is free to our members (transportation, accommodation and per diems). It is an opportunity to get involved in your union and see the incredible work the locals and the provincial division do to improve our working conditions, advance equality and social justice that benefits all workers.

*The convention cannot run without the work of convention committees. Any delegate can apply to sit on any one of the five convention committees.  Once elected as a delegate at this GMM,  let the local know if you would like to put your name forward for one or any of the committees. Deadline for submitting the application for the convention committee service is March 1.

  • Resolutions

One of the ways that CUPE members engage in shaping their union is by submitting resolutions to the convention’s Resolutions Committee that selects which resolutions are then submitted for discussion by the delegates and subjected to a vote. If adopted by delegates, the executive board and caucus representatives are  bound by the resolutions and work on their implementation.

A resolution to be sent to the CUPE Ontario for the convention will presented to members for consideration and recommendation.

  • Bylaw and Policy changes notifications

Notice to changes to our bylaws and policies will be given on the topics of  Bargaining Support Committee, and introducing new Bargaining Research Committee as a standing committee. Subscription policy and Child Care policy changes notification will be given as well. All these bylaws and policy changes will be voted on at the subsequent GMM.

  • Vote  on a by law amendment( small and technical) change to bylaw 16.3** that was announced at GMM in November (adding conferences to capture the range of events to which our local normally elects delegates ).
**16.3 Election of Delegates to conventions/conferences shall be held at a regular General
Membership Meeting. A plurality of votes shall determine the election results. If a
member in good standing of the Local holds an elected position on the executive or on
committees of CUPE National, the Ontario Division of CUPE, the Ontario Federation of
Labour, or the Canadian Labour Congress, he or she shall act as delegate to the
convention or conference without having to run for election.

And any other agenda members deem fit to ad.

And as usual, food and drinks to tie you over while you engage in the work of your union! Yes, attending general meetings is exactly it – engaging. Let your voice be heard!

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

SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING

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):
AGENDA:
Bargaining Updates – Unit 3
Bargaining Mobilization – Unit 3
Strike Mandate Vote – Unit 3

ATTENTION UNIT 1 MEMBERS!

 Come to tonight’s SPECIAL GMM if you can, to help UNIT 1 bargaining team protect INSTRUCTOR JOBS!
The meeting is on one agenda item only (strike budget) but we also need to send a super strong message to our B.T. that the motion members made at November GMM needs to be honoured. We cannot be split by the employer, unity is of utmost importance- no loss of jobs for instructors!
See letter your fellow Instructor, unit 1 member sent last night: Continue reading

General Members Meeting

gmm29sept2016Our first Fall Term GMM is on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29  –*********** T-O-D-A-Y **********

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Please Note Room Has Changed to PLAZA 409

View tentative AGENDA here. Items can be added at the meeting.

ASK THE BARGAINING TEAM ABOUT  DEVELOPMENTS IN BARGAINING. The meeting will happen after two rounds of Unit 1negotiations with the employer (September 22 and 23).

There will be free food!