2018 Womens’ Conference

 

All women & women identified members are invited to attend the 2018 Women’s Conference: “Fempowerment: Labouring for Change” running December 5-8 at the Toronto Sheraton Centre.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Judy Rebick, discussions around taking action for equity and women in CUPE, plus guest speakers from the federal and provincial NDP caucuses.

Please note that onsite childcare will only be offered if we have requests for a minimum of 4 children. The deadline for childcare registration is NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Interested Members may contact recordingsecretary@cupe3907.ca to register

Nominations for 2018 – 2019 President of CUPE 3907 are now open.

Nominations for 2018 – 2019 President of CUPE 3907 are now open.

 

Dear Members of CUPE 3907:

 

There is now a vacancy for the post of president of CUPE 3907.  Nominees must be members of CUPE 3907. Interested nominees should email the CRO (Chief Returning Officer) – Mr. Adrian Aziz at: cro@cupe3907.ca.

 

Nominees must include their name as it appears on their student card. They must include their telephone number, email address and student number in their email.  Nominees must send a personal statement up to 500 words before the close of the nomination period. Their statement can be less than 500 words if desired.

 

Nominations will close on October 14th at 11:59 pm. The campaign period will begin on October 24th at 12:01 am and end on October 28th at 11:59 pm. Candidates are allowed to campaign during the election period. Elections will begin on October 26th 2018 at 12:01am and end on October 28th at 11:59pm.

An election will be called only if there are more than one nominee for the position. In the case of an election, candidates will be responsible for their own campaign. I will monitor campaigning. CUPE 3907 will not refund funds for campaigning.

 

The President will be paid an honorarium of $500 each month for their labour. This position will begin on November 1st 2018 and end on April 30th 2019.

 

President duties include:

  1. be responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of the Local;
  2. ensure that all Executive Officers perform their assigned duties;

iii. preside at all membership and Executive Committee meetings and preserve order;

  1. decide all points of order and procedure, subject to appeal by the membership; v. interpret these bylaws as required and as supported by a majority of the Executive Committee, subject to appeal to the membership;
  2. sign all authorizations, cheques, expense forms or requests for payment, Collective Agreements, and other official documents of the Local;

vii. be responsible, in conjunction with the Treasurer, for accounting all funds of the Local and shall ensure that the Local’s funds are used only as authorized or directed by the Constitution, Bylaws, or vote of the membership;

viii. in conjunction with the Recording Secretary, ensure that proper notice is provided to the membership for all meetings and referenda, including strike votes and ratification votes;

  1. have the same right to vote as other members; In the case of a tie vote, the President may cast another vote or the President may refrain from casting an additional vote, in which case the motion is defeated. This does not apply for elections or by-elections;
  2. fill committee vacancies where elections are not provided for;
  3. introduce new members and conduct them through the initiation procedures of the CUPE Constitution;

xii. report regularly to the Executive Committee and the membership on their actions.

If you have any questions kindly contact me at cro@cupe3907.ca

Regards,

 

Adrian Aziz

Chief Returning Officer

 

 

On Monday, September 3 CUPE Ontario members will take part in the Toronto Labour Day Parade.

Please meet at 9 am sharp at the corner of Armoury Street & University Ave. Look for the pink CUPE flags!

Unfortunately, the IATSE Local 58 lockout by Exhibition Place continues despite every effort by the union to negotiate.

The Labour Day parade will therefore be ending at Lamport Stadium. Lamport Stadium is on Liberty Street, just south of King and east of Dufferin. If the lockout is ended, wristbands for the CNE will be distiributed.

IATSE will put their picket line up across Dufferin at Liberty Street so all the marchers could cheer them on as the parade turns left at Liberty. 

So JOIN US for music, speeches from IATSE and others, kids’ games, face-painting, concession stands, and a beer tent with proceeds going to Local 58 strike fund.

Labour Day 2018 Celebrations

 

CUPE 3907 members are reminded that the 2018 Toronto Labour Day parade takes place Monday, September 3rd

Members are encouraged to participate and can declare their intention to do so by emailing cupe3907@gmail.com ASAP.  Locals in the CUPE section (5) of the parade will line up in numerical order as in the past. We will be on the west side of University Avenue (south bound lanes) north of Armoury.

 Please note the parade will begin at 9:30AM.

For more information please contact vicepresident@cupe3907.ca

Health Benefits and Top-up deadline

CUPE3907 members are reminded that they qualify for additional health benefits under the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) Top up Plan until the end of August.

Members should note that the grace period to submit claims is fast approaching. Please remember to submit claims for unused funds in the HCSA by the August 31, deadline.

You can find more information about the HCSA on our resources page here.

Office Closure

 

Dear members of CUPE 3907,  The office will be closed from July 16, 2018 to August 13, 2018. 

Please direct all urgent inquiries to the Interim president’s contact: (vicepresident@cupe3907.ca), or contact executives to set up an appointment at this email

Executive Elections to Begin April 5 to April 8

Hello Members of CUPE 3907,

My name is Adrian Aziz. I am the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for CUPE 3907
Executive Elections 2018. The Nomination Period for Executive positions for 2018 –
2019 are now closed.

Three positions were acclaimed this year because these positions were not contested. I am
pleased to announce Janelle Baptiste-Brady as the President of the Executive Committee.
Emil Marmol will serve as Chief Stewart. The Treasurer will be Chrystal Smith.

This year the two contested positions are for Vice President and Recording Secretary.
Jacqueline Getfield and Emma Ghosn are both running for the position of Vice-President.
Mama Nii Owoo and Yetunde Banjo are both running for Recording Secretary.

The Voting period is from Thursday April 5th at 12:01 am until Sunday April 8th at
11:59 pm. If you attempt to vote before April 5 th at 12:01 am you will get an error
message. You will not be allowed to vote after April 8 th at 11:59 pm. Simply Voting and I
will be sending you instructions about how to vote via email closer to the start of the
elections.

Below are the statements of each candidate:

 

Vice President

You may select one of the following candidates for Vice President:

Emma Ghosn 
It is critical to elect a leader with integrity and vision during these challenging times but
not impossible. Hello, my name is Emma Ghosn and I am a second year PhD student in
Educational Leadership and Policy. I am running for Vice-President of CUPE to improve
union members’ experience at OISE and make a difference. I have always been interested
in union work and grassroots activities because I believe change can happen when we
work collectively. As a candidate for the President position, I promise if elected to be
dedicated to making CUPE3907 a strong union that truly represent its members. I value
communication and transparency, which are essential in establishing and retaining union
members’ trust. In addition, being a GA myself, I know that the salary is not sufficient in
Toronto where the rent is very expensive. I would advocate for more funding if elected
and would work on increasing the opportunities for more GA positions.

I believe I have the capabilities to lead and improve CUPE. I have been doing GA
research on teacher unions for a year. Thus, I am quite familiar with union work and am
able to bring innovative ideas to our union. Moreover, I have worked nine years as a
senior accountant at a reputable university and engaged in union activities as a staff. I
have held leadership positions in student clubs during my undergraduate years as a
president and treasurer. I was also a board member in the World Youth Alliance (NGO).

Jacqueline Getfield 
Jacqueline Getfield has served as a board member of several non-profit organizations. If
elected to the position of Vice-President of CUPE 3907, Jacqueline will bring over 25
years of professional experience in universities, business, industry and non-profit
organizations in Canada and abroad to the 2018-2019 executive team of CUPE 3907.
Over the years, Jacqueline has held position titles including Executive Director, Director
of Communication, Public Relations Manager, and as such, she will ably represent the
Local at union meetings and at the University of Toronto. She demonstrates the skills,
maturity and political acuity to develop strategic relations with groups and entities at the
University of Toronto and with external organizations.

Currently, Jacqueline is a PhD student in the Department of Social Justice Education at
the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the impact of educational and health
policies on the engagement practices of Black mothers of children challenged by
disabilities.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University, an
MSc in Government from the University of the West Indies and a certificate in Dispute
Resolution from York University.

Recently, the City of Vaughan recognized and celebrated Jacqueline’s voluntary
contribution as Chair of the Family Engagement Council of the Children Treatment
Network, a pediatric rehabilitation centre in Simcoe County and York Region. She has
served as a member of the York Region District School Board’s Parent, Family and
Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Ontario Association of Black
School Educators (ONABSE).

 

Recording Secretary

You may select one of the following candidates for Recording Secretary:

Yetunde Banjo
Hello there! My name is Yetunde Banjo, I am running for the office of Recording
Secretary for CUPE 3907 local. I am a second year PhD student in the department of
Social Justice Education. If elected, I will make it a priority to advocate for more
summer GA positions for students and create more awareness about the benefits available
through CUPE 3907. I will greatly appreciate your vote to serve in this position.

Mama Nii Owoo
My name is Mama Adobea Nii Owoo. As Recording Secretary of CUPE 3907, I aspire to
serve you by keeping all channels of information open and easily accessible to all
members.  Additionally, I will work at disseminating opportunities available for
professional development within and without our union to member networks. I pledge to
work in tandem with executives of CUPE 3907 to move the unit forward during
bargaining. I will work to enhance communication throughout membership and the
executive body and encourage member participation by improving upon previous union
literacy initiatives. I come into this position with a background in student affairs and
service from 4 different tertiary institutions across five countries. I have served as a
trustee of the union’s yearly financial audits, and I am familiar with the local’s
constitution, bylaws and collective agreements. I am the outgoing graduate governor for
the Humanities and Social Sciences division of the University of Toronto Governing
Council and outgoing president of the OISE Graduate Students’ Association. I have also
served and advised in my capacity as a student representative on several university
boards and committees. I have learned during my time in student governance the
importance of actively listening to the student body while critically anticipating students’
needs in order to effectively bargain for our interests. I am a second year doctoral student
in the department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning. I hope to achieve this with your
support. Thank you for your vote and your consideration.
Sincerely,
Mama Nii Owoo

The link for the elections is: https://cupe3907.simplyvoting.com
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: cro@cupe3907.ca

Regards:
Adrian Aziz

Nomination Period Extended

The Nomination period for the upcoming 2018-2019 Executive has been extended until March 26th at 11:59pm. We are in urgent need for a member to be nominated for the Recording Secretary position.

Interested nominees will need to email the CRO (Chief Returning Officer) – Mr. Adrian Aziz at: cro@cupe3907.ca. Nominees should include their name as it appears on their student card and the position they are applying for. They must include their telephone number, email address and student number in their email.

The following positions are also available:

Executive Committee:

Each member of the executive will serve from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Executive members earn an honorarium of $500 each month for their labour. They are required to attend executive meetings twice a month (except for July and August), and general members meetings once a month (except for May to August).

President duties include:

i. be responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of the Local;

ii. ensure that all Executive Officers perform their assigned duties;

iii. preside at all membership and Executive Committee meetings and preserve order;

iv. decide all points of order and procedure, subject to appeal by the membership; v. interpret these bylaws as required and as supported by a majority of the Executive Committee, subject to appeal to the membership;

vi. sign all authorizations, cheques, expense forms or requests for payment, Collective Agreements, and other official documents of the Local;

vii. be responsible, in conjunction with the Treasurer, for accounting all funds of the Local and shall ensure that the Local’s funds are used only as authorized or directed by the Constitution, Bylaws, or vote of the membership;

viii. in conjunction with the Recording Secretary, ensure that proper notice is provided to the membership for all meetings and referenda, including strike votes and ratification votes;

ix. have the same right to vote as other members; In the case of a tie vote, the President may cast another vote or the President may refrain from casting an additional vote, in which case the motion is defeated. This does not apply for elections or by-elections;

x. fill committee vacancies where elections are not provided for;

xi. introduce new members and conduct them through the initiation procedures of the CUPE Constitution;

xii. report regularly to the Executive Committee and the membership on their actions.

Vice President duties include:

i. be responsible for developing and maintaining contacts and liaisons with organizations within the University community and with such outside organizations as the Executive Committee deems necessary or valuable;

ii. represent the Local at meetings of the Union at the provincial and national levels, of other locals, and in relation to other groups as necessary;

iii. be charged with keeping informed of legislative and regulatory developments at the provincial and national levels, as well as within the University and the larger University community;

iv. represent the Local, or ensure the Local’s representation at all relevant Councils of the Union;

v. be the Local’s liaison with the Union; vi. report regularly to the Executive Committee and the membership on their actions;

vii. be responsible, in conjunction with Recording Secretary for the production and distribution of a Local newsletter and the maintenance of the website of the Local;

viii. preside over membership and Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the President.

Recording Secretary duties include:

i. oversee the overall maintenance of the Local’s records;

ii. keep a full, accurate, and impartial account of the proceedings of all Regular, Special, And Annual membership meetings and Executive meetings. These records must also include a copy of the full financial report (Executive Committee meetings) and the written financial report presented by the Treasurer. The record will also include Trustee reports;

iii. have all records ready on reasonable notice for the Trustees or auditors;

iv. keep an accurate record of the membership of the Local, including departmental rankings, monthly membership lists to account for changes in the membership according to Article 4 of these bylaws, and all other records which the Executive Committee or membership deem necessary. All such records shall be kept in the Local office;

v. preside over membership and Executive Committee meetings in the absence of both the President and Vice-President;

vi. record all amendments and/or additions in the bylaws, and make certain that these are sent to the National President for approval prior to implementing;

vii. prepare and distribute all notices to members;

viii. ensure the production and transportation of adequate supplies of relevant supporting documentation for membership meetings;

ix. prepare all unfinished business for presentation at the next consecutive membership meeting;

x. keep a record of all correspondence received and sent out;

xi. answer correspondence and fulfill other administrative duties as directed by the Executive Committee.

Treasurer duties include:

i. Develop a draft budget to present to the membership and enforce the budget as approved by the membership.

ii. Receive all revenue, initiation fees, dues, and assessments, keeping a record of each member’s payments, and deposit promptly all money with a bank or credit union.

iii. Sign all cheques and ensure that the Local Union’s funds are used only as authorized or directed by the CUPE Constitution, Local Union bylaws, or vote of the membership.

iv. Ensure that per capita tax is paid by direct remittance, or where per capita is not paid by direct remittance, prepare all CUPE National per capita tax forms and remit payment, including $1.00 of each initiation fee on all members admitted, no later than the last day of the following month.

v. Be responsible for maintaining, organizing, safeguarding and keeping on file all supporting documents, authorizations, invoices and/or expense claims for every disbursement made, receipts for all money sent to CUPE National, as well as records and supporting documents for all income received by the Local Union.

vi. Record all financial transactions in a manner acceptable to the Executive and in accordance with good accounting practices.

vii. Make a full financial report to meetings of the Local Union’s Executive.

viii. Make a written financial report to each regular membership meeting, detailing all income and expenditures for the period.

ix. Be bonded through the master bond held by CUPE National. Any Treasurer who cannot qualify for the bond shall be disqualified from office.

x. Pay no money unless supported by a cheque requisition or expense form or request for payment duly signed by the President and one other member of the Executive as determined by the Executive. No request shall be required for payment of per capita fees to any organization to which the Local Union is affiliated.

xi. Make all books available for inspection by the Trustees and/or auditors on reasonable notice. Ensure that the books are audited at least once each calendar year and within a reasonable time, respond in writing to any recommendations and concerns raised by the Trustees.

xii. Provide the Trustees with any information the Trustees require to complete the audit, including forms provided by CUPE National.

xiii. Where required, not later than February 28 th each year, furnish each member, on the forms supplied by CUPE National, with a statement showing the net amount of tax-deductible dues paid by him during the preceding calendar year.

xiv. Notify all members who are one month in arrears and report to the Executive Committee all members two or more months in arrears in the payment of union dues.

xv. Chair the Financial Assistance Fund committee to review applications received under the provisions of the Collective Agreement with the Employer.

Chief Steward duties include:

i. ensure the proper administration of the collective agreement;

ii. coordinate the elections of Stewards in each department during the fall of each academic session;

iii. coordinate Steward orientation, training, and activities and have copies of the Steward’s Handbook available;

iv. ensure that a monthly meeting of Stewards occurs; v. ensure that each department is duly represented by a Steward, and shall encourage the organization of the Local within each department;

vi. facilitate communication among departments with the Executive Committee through the departmental Stewards;

vii. handle all grievances according to the Grievance Procedure as outlined in the Collective Agreement;

viii. cause adequate records of all grievances conducted by the Local to be maintained in the Local office;

ix. coordinate the observers of the Local for the GAA ranking process for the various departments;

x. coordinate the Local’s membership fall orientation and work-related workshops.