CUPE Niagara Women in Solidarity Sept Events

Domestic Violence: September 28th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Please register here by September 27th!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcemurD0oGNS7lq8SP-Y-pHkOJeuqOjgV

Homelessness and Human Trafficking: October 19th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Please register here by October 18th!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtd-muqzwvEtxXTgEWiJJ-x88aGoAt7AsY

If you have any questions, please email infondcc9102@gmail.com

Finally, Save the Date – December 6th for the Annual Women’s Day Breakfast! Details to follow in the Fall!

Covid-19 Information for Members

A message from our CUPE National Representative.

Good afternoon,

Attached are links and resources I’m hoping will assist some members overcome vaccine hesitancy. I encourage people to get vaccinated, and further respect everyone’s decision to chose what is best for them. I’m hoping these materials may reduce any harmful impacts on members as they navigate this time.

www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/video/ask-experts-covid-19-vaccines.html

www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/video/demandez-experts-vaccins-covid-19.html

https://cupe.ca/covid-19-vaccines-frequently-asked-questions

https://scfp.ca/foire-aux-questions-sur-les-vaccins-contre-la-covid-19

If anyone needs assistance, has questions or needs further support please do not hesitate to reach me.

In Solidarity

Kyle Hoskin

He/Him

T/CUPE National Representative 

Niagara Office

110A Hannover Dr #101,

St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A3

Office (905) 641-3051

Email- khoskin@cupe.ca 

Brock will require COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, faculty to access campus

Impressive Solidarity shown by the entire Brock Community: BUFA faculty members, CUPE 4207 contract workers, administration, students, and community members came together. Congrats on being one step closer to a safe campus.

Brock will require COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, faculty to access campus.

As Brock continues to prepare for a significant return to campus for the Fall 2021 term, the University will require COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, staff and visitors who wish to access campus this fall. This is the latest in several measures the University is taking as part of its ongoing commitment to the health and safety of its community.

At least a first dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine will be required by September 7, and a second dose will be required by October 15. Anyone who cannot be vaccinated, based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code, can request an accommodation. Those who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine on the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing are deemed to have met this requirement.

Supporting a Safe Campus & Community

CUPE 4207 stands in support of BUFA, Staff, Admin, Students, and Community members calling for Brock University to adopt a vaccination mandate. It is imperative that we keep working to keep all members of the community safe. BUFA has started a petition in dissatisfaction of the Employer’s response, and are asking students, staff, faculty & community partners to please read the letter and add your name if you agree.

From BUFA:

Dear members and partners of the Brock University community, 

The letter included below was forwarded to University Leadership on August 4th, 2021. We now seek to accumulate additional support for this initiative from the broader Brock community. To add your name to the list, supporting the call for a vaccine mandate (with appropriate exemptions) to keep our community safe, please submit your signature using the google form linked below. The signatures in the table below will be updated periodically (not instantly).

Vaccine Mandate for on-campus activities (Signatures) – Google Docs

This is the read-only file. A link is provided in the document for a fillable form to sign the document.

CUPE 4207 Supports BUFA’s Statement

CUPE 4207 stands with BUFA Executive urging the Employer – Brock University – to reconsider its Fall planning; to extend its vaccine mandate to entire Brock community (with appropriate case-by-case accommodations), and ensure that proper Health and Safety protocols are in place on campus.

Seneca College Sets Precedence

Thank you to Seneca College President David Agnew for setting precedence.

Why Seneca College became the first post-secondary institution in Canada to require vaccinations as a condition of coming on campus this fall

We request that Brock University make this easy (not light) decision: please, take EVERYONE’s health & safety seriously. Human life is worth more than ‘bum$ in the seat’ mentality. We all have a right to work and learn in a safe and healthy environment on campus. This has NOT been provided to workers or students at this time….

Our governments have done nothing less in the name of public health. Whether it is being able to cross the border without quarantining or entering a long-term-care home without being tested, our governments have acknowledged that being vaccinated is the safe choice that confers a benefit.

Seneca agrees. In fact, we agree so much we think government should follow in the footsteps of jurisdictions elsewhere by mandating vaccinations for certain activities, such as returning to school in person.

Being vaccinated isn’t just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting your family, your friends, your neighbours, even strangers. It’s an expression of community.

While our vaccination policy was a decision that was, in the end, easy, it was not taken lightly. We respect the right of people not to get vaccinated. In return, we expect them to respect our right to maintain a safe and healthy environment on our campuses.