Member of the Month – Ron Walker

Our 4207 member of the month is Robert (Ron) Walker – Unit 1, TA Political Science!

Congratulations to Ron! Many heartfelt thanks for your contributions to the membership and the community.

Ron’s Bio:

Robert (Ron) Walker joined the political science department almost 30 years ago, after the Charlottetown referendum in 1992 when he recognized the need to have a more comprehensive understanding of Canada’s political process that could only be acquired through completing an organized curriculum. Fortunately, he was able to register for Brock’s political science program through the assistance of the Chair at the time, Professor Bill Matheson. Professor Matheson helped Ron  transfer credits from his Sir George Williams University Science program in the 1960s  in order to apply to and meet the prerequisites for this program. He helped put Ron where he needed to be – advocating for his community.

Ron completed this program through part-time studies, acquiring his Honours BA with a paper on the democratic work of C.B. Macpherson. He also organized a student club called the Civic Responsibility Club to study the question of democratic renewal in Canada. He spent many years as a volunteer board member of Brock’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group, fulfilling their mantra of “research, education, and action”.

Ron began Brock’s Political Science MA program in 2006, being one of the last part-time students admitted to the program. He also became a Teaching Assistant and CUPE 4207 member at that time. As a CUPE 4207 member he participated in union/student committees that helped draft the “Consent is Necessary” policy and which helped create the Indigenous Solidarity Coalition.

Supporting Members

Dear CUPE 4207 members and delegates attending the CUPE ONTARIO CONVENTION 2021, the Executive committee has endorsed LEILA MESKINE, VP Unit 1 for CUPE Ontario Chair Of Women’s Committee.

Good Luck Leila! We’re with you!

Equity Committee Meeting

Equity Committee Meeting

Tues, May 25th 5pm.

Please register in advance for this meeting.

The Equity Committee is a group of members who advocate for CUPE members who are from equity seeking groups (women, Aboriginal peoples, LGBTTTQQ2SIA, workers with disabilities, visual and racialized workers, and young workers). Committee members will be involved in communication, education, events and will work to support the diversity of our members at Brock University and within our community.            

Join Us!

Human Trafficking: The Spectrum of Exploitation

After many requests and much anticipation, Brock HRE is re-launching the Human Trafficking workshop! This year’s workshop, Human Trafficking: The Spectrum of Exploitation, was designed specifically for Brock Staff, TA’s, and Faculty to learn about how human trafficking affects Brock students, how to watch for signs of trafficking among students, and intervention and support options for students who are being trafficked. We also unpack the layers and differences between sex work, exploitation, and trafficking, and explore the nuances of how these elements affect students from marginalized communities. The workshop takes place in two parts:

  1. 1.5-hour online module learning component.
  2. 1.5-hour interactive MS Teams seminar. There will be two MS Teams seminar dates available for attendees to register for: Thursday, May 20, 12:00-1:30pm, and Wednesday, May 26, 1:00-2:30pm.

If you are interested in attending, please register here:

This event is open to 4207 Members!! – please consider attending and keeping yourself informed. We’ll be there!

What happens to one of us – happens to us all. Let’s look out for one another….



Sexual Harassment – Resources and Law for Unions and Workers

Sexual Harassment – Resources and Law for Unions and Workers
May 27, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (SK/CST)

PDT – Vancouver 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

MDT – Edmonton 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

CST – SK 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

CDT – Winnipeg 12 noon-3:00 p.m.

EDT – Toronto 1:00-4:00 p.m.

ADT – Halifax 2:00–5:00 p.m.

NDT – NFLD 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Facilitators / Panelists: Nicole White (Enough Already Saskatchewan), Laura Ross (CUPE Legal Branch), & Chandra Pasma (CUPE Research)

“It is tempting to think Sexual Harassment at work is a thing of the past.” – Sadly, it is not.

Everyone can agree that work should be safe, and so should workplaces! Each year, however, thousands of reports of sexual harassment are filed across Canada, while the lion’s share, 80% of incidents, go unreported.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that can manifest in many ways – verbal, physical, or visual. It may happen as a single incident, or as a series – but it is always unsolicited and unwelcome.

Join us for this important and informative discussion that will introduce you to the critical topic of sexual harassment. Our panelists will share their expertise with participants in defining the social and legal responsibilities that Employers, Unions, and Employees have to combat and prevent sexual harassment in Canadian workplaces.

Case law and topical findings from across Canada, particularly from within the post-secondary sector, will be considered, so that the path to repair the workplace can be mapped. The immense psychological harm and organizational costs that follow from sexual harassment require that it be understood and tackled by everyone.

The role of the bystander in combatting sexual harassment will also be considered, while best practices, tools, and resources in different regions of Canada will be provided to those attending.

Participants must have access to a computer (or mobile smart device) and an internet connection. Registration is limited to 290 participants.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Register in advance for this webinar by clicking on the link HERE:

This presentation is brought to you by The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Union Education Branch.

No Virtual Office Hours this Week

Good Morning 4207,

We’re updating our virtual meeting platforms & security systems.

As such, there are no virtual office hours for the Executive Committee in Zoom this week.

Stay tuned for updates about our May office hours.

Please email us if you need us!

In Unity,

Exec Committee

CUPE Ontario – 2021 Online Summer School

CUPE Ontario 2021 Online Summer School

Sat, June 19th, 2021:  Noon – 4:00 pm

At the AGM, the Membership decided to send 15 members to the CUPE Ontario Online Summer School.
If you would like to attend, please email your workshop choice to the union by Fri, May 28th to Phil Wachel:

1) Challenging Racism – English
This online workshop covers what racism looks like in our society and in our union, and your role in challenging it.

2) Preventing Privatization at Work
• Learn to recognize the signs that privatization is coming.
• Learn how to be prepared.
• Strategize and plan to stop privatization at your workplace before it starts.

3) Using our Power at Election Time
There is an important election coming up! The outcome of every election will have an impact on workers, public services and equality rights. Learn more about how elections work, explore current issues and how to get involved…a little or a lot! We can make a difference!

4) Environmental Racism
Communities in Canada. Explains how Racialized and Indigenous workers have been marginalized by the Green Jobs Revolution. It will identify ways for Racialized and Indigenous trade unionists and community activists to take leadership roles in fighting climate change and environmental racism in our communities, workplaces and in our unions. Identify tools, resources and actions to challenge the social economic inequities that Racialized and Indigenous communities face in accessing good green jobs.

5) Bargaining for Equality
In this workshop we will look at some CUPE case studies where equity language was bargained and strategize about ways to prioritize equity language in your own locals and collective agreements.

6) Challenging Homophobia and Transphobia
Homophobia and transphobia play out in our workplaces, locals, and communities. Learn how to challenge these kinds of discrimination, and respectfully represent gender and sexually diverse members in your workplace.

National Day of Mourning

April 28th – National Day of Mourning

A day to commemorate and mourn the loss of workers who were not adequately protected by their workplace or government.

Let us all take a moment of silence today to Remember.

Not Yet Safe

To work is more than just

Earning the daily bread

It can be a means to an end

To a higher purpose, a loved one

Or personal growth

Not a death sentence


Beneath the political proclamations

Or employer’s empty promises

An unspoken killer

The silent and insidious

Occupational disease leaves

Unrecognized victims in its wake


Heed the call of advocacy

Giving voice to the voiceless

Against those who would repress

For profit and production

Hold them to the mark

Appeal for the aggrieved


Workers, more than “objectively traumatized”

Should never live in fear

Haunted by the guilt

Of not doing enough

A livelihood shouldn’t be

A place of no protection


How do we trust the gatekeepers

When they turn a blind eye

To the monkeys on our backs?

Told to cope, heads down

While the continuing grind

Only hides the seeping poison


Whispering innuendos increase pressure

Silencing the embarrassed victims

For fear of further harm

Unable to act, frozen

By the hammer hanging overhead

Threatened by the inevitable explosion


We must come together

As a shield of solidarity

With a vigilant eye

And a supportive heart

To bring us home safe

Not in a body bag


Mikko Kivisto

Health & Safety Officer CUPE 4207

26 July 2018