“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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December General Membership Meeting

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year already! Our final CUPE General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14 in the NUSC Space. ?We will have pizza and a variety of beverages as well. If you or someone you know has never been to one of our meetings, this is the perfect time to make yours and/or their debut.  Because pizza. And awesome company of course. But mostly pizza.

For our members in the regions, please feel free to coordinate with other CUPE staff and have a pizza lunch on us. Just contact myself or another member of the CUPE Executive and we’ll go through the process with you.

If you are not able to make the meeting in person you can feel free to join us by Elluminate by clicking on this link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/D8E43DAAAC75AC38C2587744042D3504 .