Candidates for the CUPE 4207 Annual Election

Dear CUPE 4207 Members in Good Standing,

As per the Local’s Bylaws (Section 7.12.h.), Election Voting takes place through a mail-in ranked ballot. All Members in Good Standing from Units 1, 2, 3, & 4 have been mailed out a ballot.

Here is the list of Candidates for this Election:

President:
Morgan Crosby
Phil Wachel

Vice President, Unit 1:
Karen Hofman
Sarah Pierson

Vice President, Grad Students:
Adwoa Owusu (Nana)
Ben Johnson
Nwakerendu Waboso (K)
Daniel Krowchuk
Morgan Crosby
Hurakhsh Hazheer

Recording Secretary:
Karen Hofman
Sarah Pierson
Jessica Srivastava
Ben Johnson

Membership Outreach Officer:
Hamnah Shahid
Kaho Nishibu
Nwakerendu Waboso (K)
Jessica Srivastava
Dan Barnowski

Equity Officer:
Kaho Nishibu
Hamnah Shahid
Sarah Pierson
Nwakerendu Waboso (K)
Hurakhsh Hazheer

Health & Safety Officer:
Mikko Kivisto
Phil Wachel
Hamnah Shahid

JHSC Rep (Main):
Jessica Srivastava
Abraham Begyina
Dan Barnowski
Phil Wachel
Elizabeth D’Angelo

Trustee (term ending April 30, 2027):
Melissa St. Germaine-Small
Nwakerendu Waboso (K)

Bargaining Research Committee (Elect 2):
Robert Walker (Ron)
Morgan Crosby
Tracy Kennedy
Melissa St. Germaine-Small
Gloria Leahey
Elizabeth D’Angelo
Hamnah Shahid

Niagara District CUPE Council (Elect 6):
Jessica Srivastava
Morgan Crosby
Robert Walker (Ron)
Abraham Begyina
Tracy Kennedy
Melissa St. Germaine-Small
Michael Eshun
Adwoa Owusu (Nana)
Sarah Pierson

Unit 4 Bargaining Update – First Day of Conciliation

Unit 4 Bargaining Update
First Day of Conciliation: April 4, 2024

Prior to Conciliation, a sizable Rally in Support of CNIs was held in the hallway of the International Centre. Both the Conciliator and the Employer’s Bargaining Committee took notice. A Brock Press reporter was on hand to cover the Rally.

Before noon, the parties met with the Conciliator present. The Unit 4 Bargaining Committee had provided three documents in advance of the meeting; the Employer’s Lead Negotiator had been hoping for a single document for the counterproposal. Our team obliged and worked on a new document. We presented our counterproposal just before 3:00 pm. The counterproposal contained all of the outstanding items except for our wage proposal. The employer will respond to our counterproposal on the morning of April 5.

In the meantime, the Unit 4 Bargaining Committee has our Wage Proposal ready and will be delivering it to the Employer on the 5th.

In Solidarity,
Phil Wachel, CUPE 4207 President

Solidarity vibes at our rally on April 4th

We have gathered, talked and planned at the solidarity rally this morning at the International Centre. Unit 4, Clinical Nursing Instructors, are having their bargaining conciliation on April 4th and 5th.

Conciliation is a legally mandated step before a bargaining unit can be in legal position to strike.

Here is the recent article written by Brock Press https://brockpress.com/cupe-4207-protests-at-brock-in-solidarity-with-clinical-nursing-instructors/.

 

 

 

CUPE Ontario’s Health & Safety Webinar

CUPE Ontario is inviting members to a Health and Safety webinar:

Poor work management, organization, and design are examples of psychosocial factors that can contribute to occupational stress. Uncontrolled occupational stress increases the risk of mental and physical injuries.

Forum participants will learn about the new CUPE National Mental Health Toolkit and how to use the resource to promote and improve the mental wellbeing of workers. The forum is also an opportunity to share success stories and emerging issues.

The webinar is offered on two different days:

April 14
When: 10:30AM – noon, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Health and Safety Forum – Connecting Work and Mental Health

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H3MBSSqVQLaseoz0vBlGiA

April 18
When: 6:30PM – 8PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Health and Safety Forum – Connecting Work and Mental Health

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3QakQgyJQ-Sp6cjvSOdB6A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
We hope you can join us!
In solidarity,
CUPE Ontario

Solidarity Rally for UNIT 4 Clinical Nursing Instructors

Our local is holding a rally for Clinical Nursing Instructors on April 4th at 9 – 11 am in the International Centre (GLB).

The CNIs are our newly minted Unit 4. They came to an impasse in negotiating their very first collective agreement.

Unit 1 and 2/3 are helping prepare for a labour action should the conciliation yield no fairness in contract language regarding wages. The responsible approach for Brock would be to pay the CNIs adequately to avoid high turnover. This is benefiting neither the workers nor the students.
The Clinical Nursing Instructors are doing the job of registered nurses in patient care but with the additional responsibility of supervising and teaching a student whose practical and theoretical education they facilitate, grade and provide feedback for. The provisions in their collective agreement must reflect this hard work!

 

 

Strikes continue in Windsor and Toronto against GreenShield

Three weeks on the picket line: Strikes continue in Windsor and Toronto against GreenShield

Published 

About 580 members of Unifor local 240 and 20 members with local 673 have been on strike since March 1, when their contract expired with GreenShield Canada.

President Jodi Nesbitt says the biggest “sticking point” has been job security, “making sure that we continue that work here in Windsor and within GreenShield Canada not-for-profit.”

Nesbitt says just 20 of the employees work at the office in Toronto with the rest working at the office on Anchor Drive. Unifor represents IT specialists, customer service reps, client administrators and claims adjustors.

“We have people on the picket line that are continually helping people get their claims processed,” Nesbitt tells CTV News. “We’re not processing it for them, but we are giving them the information they need because we do care about our customers.”

Nesbitt says the community support for her members has been “phenomenal” as striking workers appreciate the honks they can hear from motorists on E.C. Row Expressway.

“People understand that we are on strike and we are fighting for job security. We are not out there for anything but job security,” says Nesbitt. “It resonates with people. Job security is on the forefront of many workers minds. “

CTV News has not received a response to a request for comment from GreenShield.

MARCH 21 Elections Forum and CUPE-O Convention Candidates Elections

At the March 14 GMM a number of candidates were nominated for all executive positions of the local, for one trustee position, for delegates to labour councils, and for Bargaining Research Committee.

This Thursday, March 21,  you can hear from the candidates at the Elections Forum held at 4 PM, both in-person and on Zoom.

Elections of members nominated to be delegates to the annual CUPE Ontario Convention, starts at 3 pm, an hour before the Forum,  only in-person.

Please register for attending either of these meetings here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrc-murD4sGtOZF9FG8EBEfN6w9lNrBxE2

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information about joining the meeting via Zoom and the location for in-person attendance.

 

 

Unions request remedy for Bill 124

The five labour unions that represent most workers at Brock sent a letter to the President, Lesley Rigg, demanding a remedy response to the recent repeal of Bill 124. The bill, enacted in November 2019, restricted public sector workers’ wages to 1% increase a year for three years. Education labour unions challenged the constitutionality of the wage restraint that was then ruled unconstitutional by both Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal, and repealed by the Ontario government in February 2024. The courts ruled Bill 124 infringed on the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining (section 2d of the Charter).