U1 Instructors – Virtual Drop-In

Join long time 4207 Instructors Tracy Kennedy (Outreach Officer teaching in IASC) & Nadine Brundett (Instructors Steward teaching in Classics) at our first virtual gathering for Unit 1 Instructors.

Part-time Instructors are an integral part of the teaching staff at Brock University. As such, Nadine & Tracy are working on several initiatives for Instructors in the coming year, offering instructors ample opportunity to share their teaching experiences at Brock. We hope to network, build community, share teaching resources, and to offer support for new and long-time Instructors. Watch your email for updates.

Join us Tues, June 15th at 4:00pm via Zoom for our first Virtual Drop-In and gathering for Instructors. If you are currently teaching or have taught at Brock in the last two years – why not stop by? You’ll need to register for this gathering first. We hope that you’ll stop by to say hello and introduce yourself, and let us know how things are going for you.

We look forward to meeting you!

Tracy & Nadine

A Message from CUPE 4207 President


Dear 4207 Members,

Last week, the bodies of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops. Some of the children were as young as three years old when they were buried. The residential school system was designed to separate children from their families and to destroy Indigenous cultures by prohibiting their language and culture – an act of genocide by the Canadian government that sought to eliminate Indigenous peoples from their own land.

This is also not something from a distant past. Rather, the same approach continues to inform how the government behaves, including the failure to honor treaties, to negotiate over unceded territory, or to properly investigate the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Our hearts go out to the survivors of the residential school system and we stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

Please also see this statement from the Office of the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

In solidarity,
Nathan Cecckin,
CUPE 4207 President
On behalf of the Executive Committee

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: https://forms.office.com/r/CUVCxbRKQa

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