Member of the Month

In August, we have the pleasure to introduce Sabrina Hill. She offered her skills for the creation of our new logo, and is the photographer in chief of our Who is Who project.

Hello, my name is Sabrina Hill. I was born in Toronto, but moved to St. Catharines whilst in middle school. Being that I grew up in the area during my more formative years, Brock was always a top contender for my undergraduate studies. Though initially accepted into Brock’s Economics program, in my second year, I shifted gears to pursue the study of Politics and Law, two lifelong passions of mine. Read more…

Member of the Month – Neivin Shalabi

We are pleased to introduce new feature – each month we will present Member of the Month, an active and engaged member in good standing (elected positions are excluded from consideration).

The very first one for the month of July 2019 is Neivin Shalabi.

Neivin grew up in Egypt where she earned several degrees in English language and literature. She pursed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Denver, CO, USA. Neivin immigrated to Canada and came to Brock University as a visiting scholar in 2015.

She joined the Union in November 2018. Since then she has participated in several of its activities, including Leadership Essentials Training, CUPE Ontario Convention 2019, and cultural initiatives. “I appreciate the warm welcome I received from the Executive Board when I became part of CUPE Local 4207” said Neivin.

Reflecting on her involvement with the Union, Neivin noted, “My membership with CUPE has been an uplifting experience. I am pleased to be part of a union that adheres to shared governance principles and seeks to further the ideals of equity and dignity. I also treasure the professional development opportunities offered by the Union to boost its members’ capacities for achieving its mission of ensuring the welfare of its members. I encourage all members to engage actively in our local not only to access meaningful opportunities for growth and effecting positive change, but also to enjoy the companionship of a wonderful group of talented and friendly professionals constituting the Executive Board who are willing to share their sincere advice and technical expertise.”

Capitalizing on her prior work on diversity and inclusion, Neivin aspires to continue her effort to advance equity and justice through collaboration with CUPE Local 4207.


We hold a General Membership Meeting on

Thursday, July 18 at 5 PM in ST (Academic South) 202

Agenda includes:

Unit 1 Bargaining Committee report

Elections to fill vacant positions:

  • Applied Health Science Steward
  • Business Steward
  • Trustee term ending April 30, 2022.

Change of bylaws notice.


Jobs for the Fall and Winter terms are being generated already. Please check the HR careers website frequently.

How to apply:

  1. If you are working at Brock, apply as internal applicant.
  2. If you are currently not working at Brock, apply as external applicant (even if you just finished the Winter term). Remember that we are classified by the employer as part time employees and that we work from contract to contract, term to term, regardless how many years we have spent working here. Hence, once our contract is over, we become external to the system.

Important info about Employment Insurance claims

To all members who are planning on going on Employment Insurance (EI) for the Summer:

1) How to request a Record of Employment [ROE].

Although it is hoped that ROE will be automatically generated with Workday, until that is confirmed, please go to the Human Resources website:

Once there, click the Faculty & Staff tab. From there, select Payroll. You will be prompted to the Sharepoint site. On the right hand side of the screen, there is a Record of Employment Request Form. Fill it out as soon as your contract ends, and submit it.

2) When to expect that your ROE will be submitted*?

Given the changes to our pay with Workday, our final pay has been pushed later into May. Human Resources must submit a ROE five days after the last pay period ends, or 14 days after the last day of work. Given that a lot of our contracts will end on April 30th, the ROE must be submitted by May 15.

According to Service Canada, to qualify for EI, you would need to have worked 665 hours in the last calendar year. For more information, please email

*ROE is submitted directly to Service Canada that administers EI

Unit 1 Bargaining Priorities Ratification


We, Unit 1 members, still have an outstanding set of priorities to vote on.

Let’s get together on Tuesday, MAY 7 at 4 pm in Academic South 216, to discuss the presented priorities and vote on them. The Unit 1 Bargaining Committee has held a few meetings in the beginning of April for members to discuss, identify and select bargaining issues that would guide and shape the set of demands in negotiations.

Yet, these priorities still need to be ratified by you, the member. We have a tough stretch ahead of us and without pulling our diverse strengths collectively, we will end up poorer and even more precarious than we currently are. The potential for change resides with us!