THURSDAY, MARCH 2 at 5 pm in Thistle 255

On agenda: bargaining update and potential strike.

Unit 1 legal strike position is one minute after midnight (12:01) am March 3. On March 1st and 2nd the bargaining team will be in mediation with the employer.

By now members should have signed the Strike Pay Application form. If you haven’t done so yet, print it out and drop it off to the union office (or the mailbox next to MC C 402). It is super important that you sign it so CUPE National approves strike pay for you. If the strike is called and you show up at the picket line for your regular 20 hours a week of picketing without having the form signed, you may experience serious delay in pay.

Sign up for your picket shifts. See how on our bargaining website’s page.

Venceremos! Let’s win better working conditions for workers and better learning conditions for students!

For #BetterBrock #BetterUniversities!




Ministry of Labour’s ‘no board’ report arrived this morning with a strike deadline set for March 3. This means that Unit 1 of our local would be in a legal position to strike one minute after midnight on March 3 (on the night from March 2 to March 3). This does not mean that the union will call a strike but it indicates that a permission is granted to withdraw our labour from that time on until a mutually agreeable collective agreement is reached. 

In the 17-day period leading to the strike deadline the two parties still can negotiate. There will be a mediation before March 3.

About the major issues on the table read here.

We need to build a strong union especially in exceptional times like this. For a successful resolution please consider joining one of these committees:

Strike Preparation Committee

Strike Benefits Committee

Communications Committee



General Membership Meeting

February 13th at 5 pm in Sankey Chamber


The Election of the Recording Secretary position advertized on our posting boards will be elected at our March GMM.

  • Bargaining, strike deadline, Strike Preparation Committee
  • Election of Unit 1 Bargaining Team Member (to fill in vacancy, duration from Feb 13 to ratification of new collective agreement)
  •  Election of 2 Delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention, May 8-12, Toronto.
  • Bylaw amendment 16.3 Election of Delegates, amendment in bold.

Continue reading


 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


The Executive Committee is calling a SPECIAL GMM to discuss and approve STRIKE BUDGET. The tree days of Unit 1 conciliation held in January yielded no successful resolution to the differences between the union and the university.The two sides remain to be wide apart. In order for negotiations to move ahead we need to prepare for a labour action.

There will be no other item on the agenda.


Location: Sankey Chamber



On January 18th after our special GMM, and the whole day on January 19th, members of Unit 1 voted to send a message about their position on negotiations of Unit 1 collective agreement with the university.

  72% members voted YES and 27% voted NO.

Clearly, great majority of those who cast their vote disagree with claims that Brock is one of the top 10 employers in the region. The 72% indicated that they authorize the local to call a strike if necessary. How necessary depends on the employer. So far Brock refuses to equal the playing field to get our members closer to working conditions standards held at other universities for their contract instructors and TAs. Our non student members are without a health plan and graduate student members face zero compensation for rising cost of tuition, a provision in place at other campuses. Our pay severely lags behind the rising cost of living and falls short of provincial average in our sector. To add insult to injury, there are three tiers to Unit 1 pay scale. Our members work the same type of work for three different pays. The university thinks this is ok and should stay the way it is. The university also thinks not paying our members statutory holiday pay is ok.

There is no clear end in sight to this round of negotiations but we hope that the message is sent and the university will take it seriously.

Thank you all who participated in the vote. We have heard plenty of your concerns and encouragement today!





Media outreach

Unit 1 working conditions and employer’s expressed intransigence to address our concerns about job security, poverty wages, and benefits lead to an expose of the real working conditions of academic workers at Brock. Check out CUPE Ontario press release and an ad tomorrow in the St. Catharines Standard. Ads will be airing at several regional radio stations as well. United we stand, united we’ll win!



A letter to members was sent on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Canada Post explaining the strike vote process. Click on the image to read.

The local is calling for a Special General Members Meeting to discuss UNIT 1 strike vote and the results of conciliation (taking place at the Four Point Sheraton across campus on January 10th and 11th).  There will be a secret ballot strike mandate vote upon adjournment of this special meeting until all attending members will have been given the chance to vote. The strike vote will continue the next day on January 19th at a table in Mackenzie Chown A hallway.


January 18th                    January 19th

 5 to 8 PM                         from 9 AM to 8 PM

 Pond Inlet                        MC A hallway

The other side of Brock

I’m sure you’ve read by now that Brock University is one of the top employers in the Hamilton-Niagara Region. But if you are a contract instructor or a TA then you probably work at a different side of Brock than the one Brock’s PR department presents.


You work at the Brock that pays poverty wages, among the lowest in Ontario for academic workers. You work at the Brock that makes you reapply for your job up to three times a year. You work at the Brock whose only benefit is a dental plan that amounts to $36/per person, and is only available on a first come first served basis.

We are trying to change that. We are trying to negotiate a new contract for academic workers that will bring Brock University one step closer to being a top employer for ALL workers, not just high-paid administrators.
To help us create a #BetterBrock email cupe4207@brocku.ca