CUPE 3799 President Acclaimed

As nominations closed today for a variety of Executive positions Caroline Sewell has been acclaimed as President for another two years.
Joyce Henley has been nominated for both Chief Shop Steward and Recording Secretary. She will declare her intentions at the next general meeting.
Two people have put their names forward for the OH&S committee as either Primary or Alternate roll. At the next general meeting this will be determined after they have decided their intentions.

January General Meeting Re-do

Hi Again,

As many of you know we had to cancel our General Membership Meeting on January 25th because we weren’t going to meet Executive quorum. We’ve rescheduled it for February 8, 2017 in the Senate Chambers. Again, we’ve got nominations and all sorts of stuff to talk about. We should be able to tell you more about the CUPE workshops being held at the NADC Weeklong School in Prince George at the end of February as well.

For those of us who can’t make it to the meeting in person, here is the Elluminate link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/D8E43DAAAC75AC38C2587744042D3504

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or another member of your Executive.

Joyce Henley, BSc

“Top Employer” University of Guelph attempts to silence employees on campus

Employees at the University of Guelph are in disbelief after representatives from the University entered the CUPE 3913 office unannounced to remove posters with messages related to bargaining issues. The office was empty when the University’s representative entered, but members of CUPE 3913 – which represents Teaching assistants and Contract Instructors – returned to find a note affixed to the door indicating that the University representatives had removed the posters. Ashley Wilson, president of CUPE 3913 said “I can’t believe that the university would do this, the posters simply state what we are asking for in bargaining: tuition relief, job security, benefits.”

CUPE 3913 strike posters

CUPE 3913 has been in bargaining since September and the posters – initially created for a rally in November – had been in the office windows for over a month. “We put them in the window so that students could see them from outside. No one had a problem with them for a month, but the sentiment appears to have changed now that we are nearing conciliation,” said Wilson. She also added, “it is frightening and reprehensible that the University of Guelph would attempt to silence workers and restrict their rights to communicate about the issues that are being discussed in bargaining.”

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