Open letter to waive graduate fees

On April 21, the Canadian Federation of Students [CFS] has released an open letter addressed to the federal and provincial governments, Canada research funding councils, and university administrations. The letter demands the suspension of graduate tuition fees for the Spring/Summer term for all graduate students. Our local has endorsed the letter. The pandemic has accentuated the already precarious conditions of graduate students having to pay exorbitant fees for their stays in graduate programs over the summer when TA jobs are very scarce.

Open Letter: Grad Students and COVID-19

Bargaining Notice Info Party


2 – 6 PM in front of Schmon Tower

Unit 1 will serve notice to bargain — this will commence collective bargaining of our largest bargaining unit.  If you’re on campus come to the table outside of Schmon Tower. Get a cupcake or two, share your perspective, learn what the bargaining process entails.

Cupcakes, sparkling juice, and smiles shared for free!

Communication Committee Meeting

The next Communication Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 11-12pm in MCA 323. On the agenda will be:

  • goal setting for the committee
  • selection of educational workshops
  • discussing next newsletter

If you have anything you would like to add to the agenda please email Hope to see you there!

Chain Fast to End Canadian Government Racism

We at CUPE 4207 would like to share with our members an event happening from April 15th – June 18th, 2015. The purpose of this event is to speak back to the government’s racist policies and actions and to let them know that their actions are creating a culture of intolerance towards many Canadians.

The Chain Fast to End Canadian Government Racism is off and running, with participants from across the country. The fast was initiated in response to increasingly hostile, racist comments from government MPs, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as policies that very specifically target racialized communities (such as Bill C-51). It also acknowledges that such statements and policies are part of a long, horrible Canadian tradition of racism and colonialism. It runs until June 15 (the beginning of Ramadan).

How it works:

You can fast as per your tradition (some people refrain from eating sun-up to sun-down, others do it for 24 hours. Some people will drink water or other fluids, others not).

You can sign up for a day (or more) by emailing  with suggested dates, which will be publicly posted at the Homes not Bombs blog site (

Some dates still open:

– Tues May 12,
– Sat May 16
– Sun May 17
– Tues May 19
– Sat May 23
– Sun May 24
– Fri May 29
– Sat May 30
– Wed June 3
– Fri June 5
– Sat June 6
– Tues June 9
– Wed Jun 10
– Fri June 12
– Sat June 13
– Wed June 17


Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 4:30pm in AS 201. There will be food and beverages available at the meeting! There will be elections for all posts and the elections of 4 delegates to the CUPE National Convention on Nov. 2-6. Hope to see you there!