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 cgeu2019@gmail.com 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 cgeu2019@gmail.com.

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 GEO@umb.edu

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 cgeu2019@gmail.com.

Webinars
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 cgeu2019@gmail.com.

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

The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is online:
CGEU: website | facebook
2019 Conference: website | facebook | twitter | instagram

Solidarity with Striking Teachers and December Delegates’ Meeting

Stop the Cuts: Secondary School Teachers to Strike this Wednesday

Today, OSSTF will engage in a one-day strike action across Ontario to protest the lack of progress in contract talks and the continuing cuts to education services and programs. The deceitful attitude of Minister Lecce calls for a concerted response from the entire labour movement.

ACTION: Picketing and leafletting

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4 (see locations for times)

WHERE:

  • 1 Civic Court Centre, Etobicoke (TDSB office) – 10 am to 2 pm
  • 140 Borough Drive, Scarborough (TDSB office) – 10 am to 2 pm
  • 5050 Yonge Street, North York (TDSB office) – 10 am to 2 pm
  • 2220 King Rd, #1, King City (Stephen Lecce’s office) – 9 am to 3 pm
  • All high schools and adult education centres in Toronto and York Region – daytime pickets

Please note that there is no rally planned for Queen’s Park.

Here are some suggestions from OSSTF for solidarity work by union members across the GTA:

  • Wear red and/or black as a symbol of solidarity and tag your social media posts with #RedforEd
  • Contact your MPP, the Minister of Education and Doug Ford decrying the cuts to education and demanding a negotiated settlement that protects publicly funded education and provides a fair settlement for its workers. The resources at hereforstudents.ca make this fast and easy!
  • Honk and give thumbs up to striking workers as you drive past picket lines
  • Share your support for teachers and education workers on your social media accounts. Follow the hashtags #NoCutsToEducation and #CutsHurtKids
  • Engage in conversations with neighbours, friends, family and colleagues about the importance of a well-funded public school system and ask them to contact their MPP, the Minister of Education and Premier Ford.
  • Organize a team to take OSSTF flyers to local public spaces and give them out. Find flyers in English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Tamil, Urdu, Farsi, and Punjabi on our website.

Get regular updates on the status of bargaining via OSSTF’s campaign website, bargainingforeducation.ca. Read more and download other resources at:


Delegates’ Meeting & Location Change

This Thursday, December 5, we will meet for our year-end Delegates’ Meeting. We’ll be marking a number of important occasions, especially the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because of their gender. We’ll also be celebrating the many fights and victories our affiliates have undertaken this year, including SEIU Local 2’s Justice for Janitors win, the Stop the Subway Upload victory, the Bill 66 fight, climate activism, and new organizing around precarious workers.

Please remember that our meeting location has changed. In addition, our January meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of the month to avoid meeting during the last week of the holidays. Mark your calendars instead for the following dates and location:

December Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 7:30 pm

WHERE: 1377 Lawrence Ave. E. (view map)

January Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 pm

WHERE: 1377 Lawrence Ave. E. (view map)

Communities, Not Cuts—Constituency Week

MPPs are in their ridings next week and CUPE members across the province are taking action to make sure they hear our message loud and clear: support communities, not cuts!

Join us at the following events: 

November 13: 4 PM–5:30 PM
Tell Peter Bethlenfalvy We Support Communities, Not Cuts!
Hosted by Durham Region Labour Council and Durham Northumberland CUPE District Council
1550 Kingston Rd, Pickering, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/events/739834223095193/

November 14: 11am
Niagara Communities Not Cuts Rally
Sam Oosterhoff’s office – 4961 King. St. Beamsville, ON

November 14: 12pm
Health and Safety/Injured Workers Conference—Rally at Doug Ford’s office
823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
https://www.facebook.com/events/2874273592583809/

November 15: 11am
CACO Rally at Christine Elliott’s Office in Support of Ambulance Services
Unit 22, 16635 Yonge St.
Newmarket ON L3X 1V6

November 15: 4:30pm
Resistance Rally at Vic Fedeli’s office
Organized by North Bay District Labour Council
165 Main St. E, North Bay, ON P1B 1A9​
https://www.facebook.com/events/961132007567034/

October 28th – Communities, Not Cuts.

Hello CUPE 3907 members,

Here is the updated information from CUPE Ontario Campaigns about Oct 28th- Communities, Not Cuts. : 

The Conservative Government is returning to work after a 5-month hiatus on October 28th. They’ve been gone, but the people of Ontario never left. Help us talk to the community about Communities, Not Cuts.

We will be flyering and getting petitions signed between 7:30-9:00am. Meet in front of Queen’s Park at 7:15am.

We are also part of the OFL’s actions this day, and will have a float circling Queen’s Park between 7:00am and 12:00 pm.  Please hop on if you are able! We will also be marching if this is a more viable option.

CUPE Petition Competition deadline this week

The CUPE Ontario Petition Competition is ending this week. While the Ford Conservatives have been enjoying an extended summer break, CUPE members have been working hard to get signatures on our Communities, Not Cuts petition to stop the cuts to public services and the attack on the workers who provide them.

The deadline to submit petitions is this Friday, October 18. For each sheet of petition signatures you fill out, you will get one entry into a draw for a $500 gift card through W.E. Travel.

The petition and all necessary instructions for submitting them are available here. Questions? Send a message to kdavenport@cupe.on.ca

When the government returns on the week of October 28th, we will present our petition to the Ontario Legislature. The more signatures we collect, the more impactful this presentation will be.