JULY 22 Special General Members Meeting

We hold general meeting this summer! The July Special GMM is next Wednesday, JULY 22, at 3 p.m.

The agenda for the Special GMM is set and items cannot be added at the meeting as during GMMs. The Special GMM is called by the Executive Committee with this agenda (corrected):

  • Allocation of Resources for Strike Mobilization — we will be discussing and voting on the allocation of resources for strike mobilization.
  • Bylaw amendments — notification of change to bylaws. This is to be discussed and voted on at the next general members meeting.
  • ‘Simply Voting’ — discussion of this (and others?) platform for voting in online meetings.
  • Reports of Executive Committee members and labour council delegates.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! info@cupe4207.org
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Bylaw amendments

The Policy, Bylaws and Finance Committee proposed amendments to our bylaws. These (and other agenda) are to be discussed and voted on at a Special General Meeting late in July (TBA).

The proposed changes are in the pdf file linked below. The bolded text are the additions, and the crossed through text signifies removal of the text.


Special General Members Meeting

TUESDAY JUNE 16 at 4 pm

Register on Zoom

This is our first general meeting since the lock down on March 13th. It is a special general members meeting with the following agenda:
  • Bargaining Update for Unit 1 and Unit 3.
  • Voting on three items:
  • Hardship Policy Proposal Since we have never had a policy on members’ requesting help in times of hardship, we have a proposal authored by the Policy, Bylaws and Finance Committee, that is to be discussed and voted on.
  • 2020-2021 Budget. We need to discuss and pass our annual budget.
  • Code of Conduct Proposal   At the last GMM, a notice to add a Code of Conduct to our bylaws was given. We will be discussing it and voting on it at this SGMM.

Workshops for Teaching Assistants in the Spring and Summer 2020

The Centre for Pedagogical Information has developed TA workshops and discussion sessions.

  1. Workshops for Teaching Assistants. The workshops are listed in pdf here and will take place on Tuesdays. Participants need to register for them.
  2. Drop-in discussions will be taking place weekly every Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm and Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm and will use Microsoft Teams. Email eddev@brocku.ca for the meeting link.

Make Brock a $15 Fairness Campus endorsement

Our local has been approached by Fight for $15 & Fairness Niagara to endorse a proposal of the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization [PACHRED] for improvement of work standards at Brock. The proposal, Make Brock a $15 & Fairness Campus, requests that the university reinstates some of the labour protections that have been revoked by Bill 47 in 2018. … Read more…

Access to payslips and ROE

According to the Ontario Employment Standards Act the employer must provide a wage statement – payslip – on or before an employee’s pay day. We lose access to Workday when our contract expires, yet there are still two more pay periods after April 30th. The employer provides a solution to payslip access on the Human Resources website: https://brocku.ca/human-resources/payslips-t4s-roes/

The page also informs about the automatic release of ROE to Service Canada. This is important to members who apply for Employment Insurance benefits.

On or about May 3 the employers sent this:
Your appointment with the University has ended. If your regular access to Workday is no longer active, you can obtain limited Workday access for 7 days after your final pay deposit to view/print your final payslip. Follow the instructions in the job aid found at the following link to access your payslip: https://brocku.ca/human-resources/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/HR_PostTerminationAccess.pdf

Open letter to waive graduate fees

On April 21, the Canadian Federation of Students [CFS] has released an open letter addressed to the federal and provincial governments, Canada research funding councils, and university administrations. The letter demands the suspension of graduate tuition fees for the Spring/Summer term for all graduate students. Our local has endorsed the letter. The pandemic has accentuated the already precarious conditions of graduate students having to pay exorbitant fees for their stays in graduate programs over the summer when TA jobs are very scarce.

Open Letter: Grad Students and COVID-19