Support from CUPE 1295 and Niagara Regional Labour Council

We want to thank both CUPE 1295, the Custodial, Trades and Food Service Workers at Brock University, and Niagara Regional Labour Council for sending letters of support to the ESL Instructors in receiving a fair collective agreement.

CUPE 1295 (Custodial, Trades and Food Service Workers at Brock) Letter of Support.

Niagara Regional Labour Council Letter of Support


PAISC Meeting

The next meeting of the Political Action and International Solidarity Committee meeting will be on Monday, March 16th at 2 pm in MCJ 205. On the agenda for this month’s meeting will be a discussion on what the committee can do for Unit 3 in bargaining. The strike deadline is March 17th.

Also on the agenda on the 16th will be the delivery of the new statue and possible actions around the new multi-million dollar centerpiece in front of the tower. We will also continue our discussions on budget cuts and the program review, the federal election, and the March 24th Day of Action on Tuition.
To add agenda items, please e-mail

Let’s Face It: A Fair Deal for ESL Instructors! #BuildingaBetterBrock


Broken U2

ESL Instructors (CUPE 4207 Unit 3) are negotiating to improve the following:

  • Job Equity: Currently there are three tiers of employment groups in Unit 3, yet they all do the same function and have the same contact hours with students.  If the university is to realize a uniformly excellent educational standard, they need to stop treating workers differently.
  • Educational Standards: Workers of Unit 3 are asking for improvements to the work environment to ensure the highest quality standards of education for the students of Brock University. The university’s prime goal for the next several years is increasing the number of international students on campus. Though international students are students they are not recognized as such by the university–therefore ensuring quality education is crucial to improve Brock’s reputation.
  • Security:  One aspect of protecting educational standards is to ensure that members of Unit 3, who are professionally trained to teach the English language, continue to be able to teach to the international students on campus. Parsing out groups of students to different faculty or departments diminishes the quality of education.

Updated Broken University Pamphlet

NEW Bargaining Website!

Check back to see more updates on their bargaining!

Deadline Approaching for ESL Instructors

As negotiations with the employer have continued to go poorly, the Unit 3 bargaining committee has decided to set a strike deadline of March 21st, 2015. In order to prepare for a potential strike action, a number of strike prep teams have been created. Although this is Unit 3 bargaining, all members of CUPE 4207 are welcome to join these teams. You can find a short description of each team here along with the current number of members. Anyone interested can contact the Unit 3 Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Support Committee at In Solidarity, Unit 3 Bargaining Support Committee

Unit 3 Bargaining Update

Hi Unit 3 Members,

We met with the employer again today. We were at the hotel from 9:00 am– 7:00 pm trying to put together a proposal that would resolve the outstanding issues. Unfortunately, the employer continued to deny our main proposals.

We will be calling a unit meeting at some point in the next few weeks to get your input on how we should next respond to the employer. We strongly encourage everyone to attend.


The Bargaining Committee

Happy new year

Dear member,

We hope that everyone has had a safe and relaxing holiday and a great start to 2015.

The Executive Committee of CUPE 4207 would like to remind you that workplace harassment, including that from another member, is unacceptable. According to the CUPE Equality Statement, “union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels.” As well, “we should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.”

Any behaviour that creates an environment in which a member feels threatened or unsafe is unacceptable. CUPE 4207 will not tolerate harassment of any member in any form.

“Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.”

If you have a matter of concern, please contact the Executive so that any issues that arrive may be dealt with in a respectful and safe manner.

CUPE 4207 Executive