Thank you to everyone who attended our General Meeting. It was nice to see some of you in person.
We welcomed New members Ryan Smith and Yi Fan Yin-Cheng
As part of the regular order of business and Cindy Ozouf gave a presentation on the CUPE National Sectoral Conference held in Ottawa October 3 to 6th.
Over 700 delegates attended from across Canada representing sectors including the Post Secondary Education (PSE) Sector which includes Universities, Colleges and Cegeps (Quebec) representing CUPE academic workers, researchers, techs and support staff.
Major issues in PSE are most provinces are still seeing further cuts to PSE and tuition continues to increase. Most institutions have an increased reliance on precarious forms of employment. Outsourcing and privatization is another favorite tactic which means contracting sessional instructors and temporary assignments for support workers or contracting out. In partnership with organizations such as Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Canadian Federation of Students and other major players, CUPE launched the “Education for All campaign” in 2021 to call on federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together on a national plan for education that is publicly funded, accessible, and high quality. https://www.caut.ca/latest/2021/01/caut-and-partners-launch-education-all-campaign.
Discussion on Sexual Harassment and Violence in our work place and our Union was a major topic of the conference and a workshop was offered to participants on being an ally and not just a bystander. The conference also showcased some inspirational organizing successes across the sectors.
One of the highlights of the event was a blanket ceremony and presentation by Diversity Vice President Debra Merrier. She presented a quilt that will be displayed at the CUPE National Head office and which individual pieces were cut out for the quilt by the National Executive Board together with Debra creating a lovely symbolic blanket. Participants at the conference were invited to write on a ribbon positive words and actions that they would take towards truth and reconciliation and those ribbons will also be attached to the blanket.
Lois Rugg, Melissa Schuurman, Jackie Enders and Cindy Ozouf would like to thank the membership for sending them to participate in the conference as CUPE 4879 delegates.
Strategic Plan 2022 – Presented by Lois Rugg
We did make some amendments to the plan to include up and coming lunch n learns on work safe info and a few more. See attached plan for more details.
Discussion and updates:
- Upcoming nominations at the November 9th General Meeting, positions were announced. Please see attached list for more info on what is entailed in each position. If persons are interested in a position but will be unable to attend the nomination meeting please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com stating that you will let your name stand for the position(s) you are interested in. If there is no contest for positions those will be acclaimed. If there is a need for an election that will happen at the January general meeting. All acclaimed and newly elected positions will take effect in January.
- Committee Updates
- Bargaining: no new updates but discussing dates to go to the table.
- Grievance: waiting on arbitration dates
- WIT: Lunch ‘n’ Learns coming up in November – Credential Enhancement Fund (Nov.8 – virtually or Hybrid) and Intro to Worksafe (Nov.10 – in-person or Hybrid). More information to follow.
Good of the Union:
Members in attendance at the meeting were entered into a draw for our regular two $20 door prizes and two Turkey Draws. Congratulations to our winners:
$20 – Marianna Abutalipova
$20 – Tony Kuczma
Turkey draw – Michael Dillon
Turkey draw – Danelle Johnston
Next Meeting will be Novemer 9th. It will be Hybrid (in-person and via Teams) and Connie will send the agenda and information on how to rsvp the first week in November.