Coordinating Committee Vacancies + January Listening Sessions

Hello Everyone,

We have two resignations from the CGEU Coordinating Committee and we are looking for two replacement committee members. If you are interested in serving in this role, please email your name to by January 15 at noon EST. In the event of a contested election, the CGEU 2019 delegates will vote on the nominees.

We are currently organizing Listening Sessions around Canada and the US to hear what you want out of CGEU. To find out about sessions in your area, or to organize a session, please email us at

Important Dates

Jan 10th and 11th – Springfield, Massachusetts – All Day
The Massachusetts Teachers Association is inviting UMass bargaining teams, leaders, and contract action teams to the Higher Ed Powering Up for Bargaining 2020 Multi-union conference Friday and Saturday, January 10th & 11th in Springfield. AFT units from UMass Dartmouth, UAF/UAW, and SEIU 888 will be involved too, and we welcome the other coalition locals as well. This event includes UMass GEO unions from Amherst, Boston and Lowell. We will be holding a CGEU listening session during this event, the exact time and location TBD based on the final event schedule. Other CGEU affiliated unions may be able to attend as observers. For more information or to register, contact: Chris Whynacht at

Upcoming Listening Sessions in Toronto

Toronto (University of Toronto St George campus): Jan 13 6:30 PM – WoodsWorth College Room 121 (119 St. George Street)
Toronto (York University): Jan 27 1:30 PM – Overgrad Room

All are welcome. For more info on these meetings, the space, or accessibility contact

For those unable to attend a Listening Session in person, we are holding Webinars (Zoom link, Meeting ID: 846 020 767):

Jan 13 7:00 PM EST
Jan 14 4:00 PM EST
Jan 17 5:00 PM EST
Jan 26 8:00 PM EST
Jan 28 1:00 PM EST
Jan 31 5:00 PM EST

2020 CGEU Meetings – Save the dates!

The Toronto Constitutional Meeting for Re-foundation will be held the weekend of April 4th, 2020 – more details coming January 15th!
The Annual CGEU Conference will be held the weekend of May 30th in Urbana, Illinois – hosted by UIUC GEO, IFT Local 6300!

Ongoing in the CGEU

We are launching a sister union program! Coming out of CGEU 2019 we wanted to foster greater connection between unions year round and help unions that are emergent or facing specific challenges connect with established or experienced unions. Anyone can join the sister union program: recognized unions, unrecognized and just forming groups, undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and adjunct organizations – are all welcome! To join, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you!

Contract & Bylaws sharing We are building an open repository of collective agreements and bylaws (i.e. that you can browse for language your union may want to adopt). Please add your bylaws and collective agreements here if they are not there already, or send to

Join our calls! The CGEU Coordinating Committee will be meeting Sundays at 7:00 PM EST throughout January – all are welcome to join (Zoom link, Meeting ID: 846 020 767).

This email likely did not make it out to all of those active in CGEU. Please share this email widely!

In solidarity,

CGEU Coordinating Committee

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