December GMM

We are holding general meeting in December this year.Why?

Because we are in BARGAINING!

MONDAY, DEC. 16 at 4 PM in WELCH HALL 209

We do a random draw for a gift card at the end of our general meetings!

AGENDA: Electing the two remaining faculty stewards for the term ending April 30, 2020.

  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Business
  • One Unit 1 Bargaining Committee member to fill in vacancy after a resignation. The work on the bargaining team is time consuming and requires a good grasp of the collective bargaining agreement and the issues in the post-secondary sector, precarious contract work at the academia. The BC member should be graduate student in the defined term of their program.
  • Up to five delegates to the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (a sectoral committee of CUPE Ontario) conference. The conference runs February 20 – 23 at the CUPE-O headquarters in Markham (no link yet).
  • Up to four delegates to CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurers Conference February 18 – 21 in Richmond Hill.

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9 am to 9 pm in Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet is reserved the two days for us to do our super busy and stressful end of the term work in peace and tranquility, and in a collective of other workers who suffer the same pressures (maybe a bit hyperbolic, but maybe not as much).

There will be food, coffee, soft drinks and healthy snacks.

Drop in any time between 9am and 9pm with the pile of your work! Set up your workspace, grab a drink and go at it!

Some of our members have no access to an office at Brock. If you are one of them, please let the union know!

*’Anti’ because this marking/grading social requires we abstain from the usual ‘marks’ of socialization such as loud talking…

Niagara District CUPE Council end of year social

Niagara District CUPE Council celebrates the end of each busy activist year by a social with great free food and shared camaraderie in struggle.

Monday, December 2nd at the Niagara CUPE Area Office, 110A Hannover Drive, Suite 101; St. Catharines

5:30 pm – meet and greet

6:00 pm – NDCC meeting

6:30 pm –  dinner

Members of our local are invited to attend.  We need to let the NDCC organizers know how many members would attend by November 25.


December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

This is an annual commemorative event for the murdered women students at Polytechnique Montréal, an engineering school in Quebec. On December 6, 1989, a man, claiming death to feminists, opened fire at students, killing 14 women and leaving 14 more people injured.
The NIAGARA REGIONAL LABOUR COUNCIL hosts Break the Silence against Domestic Violence event in the form of a ceremony and breakfast, gathering/networking on Friday, December 6th at 7 am, at the The Stone Mill Inn, 271 Merritt Street, St. Catharines.

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Member of the Month

The Member of the Month for November is ALISON ROTHWELL. She is also a member and President of OSSTF district 35, the labour union that represents Support Staff at Brock. When Alison  became a member of our Unit 1, she did not shy away from sharing experience and extending her support to CUPE 4207. Solidarity!

Alison’s election buddy Quee-Queg. She takes her out canvassing. Both of them were busy in the recent federal elections campaign.

I joined CUPE 4207 in 2017 as I returned to school to pursue my graduate work here at Brock and am a proud Union member of both CUPE and OSSTF. I’ve been so impressed by how active and passionate our executive members are and the many opportunities they continue to offer members to become engaged, educated, and involved – locally and nationally.

Most recently I’ve really enjoyed being part of the bargaining process as an observer during negotiations.

It’s a terrific opportunity to learn more about the functioning of our Union and to see, first hand, how hard our bargaining team is working to better our working conditions. I strongly encourage members to get more involved in their Union and to make sure to take advantage of all CUPE has to offer! I am thrilled to be member of the month!


Our November GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING is on TUESDAY NOV. 19 at 4 pm in the POND INLET





We will start with a guest speaker from CUPE Niagara District Council who will briefly speak on the CUPE Ontario campaign Communities, Not Cuts.


BARGAINING UPDATES – this is your time to ask questions and discuss bargaining issues!

elections for Steward positions in

    • Applied Health Sciences
    • Education
    • Goodman School of Business

elections for two delegates to the Disability and Work conference in Ottawa


SAM 24

Our local has seven tickets to give away to interested members for an annual event of the Workers Art and History Centre in Hamilton, Friday, November 8th from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The event is a commemorative dinner at Liuna Station in Hamilton. It is called Sam 24 because it is the 24th annual dinner and because Sam is the first name of the labour activist and politician Samuel Lawrence.
The WAHC organizers are notoriously creative in setting up a labour ‘trivia’ game related to the theme of the year. This is a good cause that comes with good times and good food too! If interested and committed to attend, email the union!

October GMM

Our October general members meeting is on MONDAY, October 28 at 4 pm in

we were notified on October 23 that our booking was changed to TH 255 – (a change from the former room in WH with the piano! ;-( ) But members are encouraged to bring their musical instruments and showcase their art never the less!

This is the meeting of your labour union where what’s going on for the past months is being discussed, what is important to members and for the functioning of the union is put on the agenda. While we have the agenda preliminarily set up it is also open for suggestions from you – the members!

We will be holding elections to fill the positions of Faculty Stewards:

  • Faculty of Applied Health and Science Steward
  • Faculty of Business Steward
  • Faculty of Math and Sciences Steward
  • Faculty of Education Steward
  • Elections for Unit 3 Bargaining Committee

For description of steward functions see our bylaws.   Excerpts are included below.

We will also be electing members who want to be delegates to two conferences:

Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference (December 9 – 12) in Toronto

Ontario Federation of Labour convention that runs between November 25 -29 in Toronto

You can run for the positions by having someone to nominate you at the meeting or emailing a note that you wish to be running for a position. … Read more…

Member of the Month

Our September Member of the Month is Fatemeh Salahi. Congratulations Fatemeh, and good luck on your future pursuits!

Fatemeh joined the union on September 2017 and since then she has participated in a range of Union events and activities such as health and safety training, local executive school, introduction to stewarding, etc. She also served as Math and Science steward in our local. Throughout the series of events, she has remained an active union member and contributed to them by speaking out for the members and representing their interest.

The experience with the Union, according to Fatemeh, has been a meaningful one. She is feeling both pleased and honored to be a part of the Union that, through speaking out and taking actions, truly pursues justice and equity. Fatemeh has demonstrated her teamwork and leadership in her involvement with the Union by exercising every opportunity to help others in time of need. The very fact that the Union takes care of the needs of diverse groups fits with her caring nature. Fatemeh explained that the Union has become like family to her, especially when she reflected on the warmth she received when she first joined the team and afterward. “Being involved with the Union is an enriching experience for me. It helped me to promote my personal and professional development and it gave me a great opportunity to grow my network with such knowledgeable and caring people.”

Fatemeh, as an experienced and devoted team member, encourages all members to continue contributing to the Union, because she witnessed how friendly, supportive, warm and passionate all the executive members and stewards are. She sincerely appreciates all the support that local 4207 offers to its members and hopes the Union can bring more positive changes to people.