April General Membership Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on April 21 (this Friday) from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Senate Chambers.  We will be presenting the budget so we encourage you to attend.

For those unable to attend in person here is the Elluminate link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/D8E43DAAAC75AC38C2587744042D3504?.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day! And of course, if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact myself or any member of your Executive.

 

Joyce Henley, BSc

UNBC Student Recruitment Officer

Student Recruitment and Advising

“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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CUPE #3799 Hires a new admin assistant.

I’m happy to announce that we have an Office Admin Assistant in the CUPE office once again; most of you will be very familiar with her, Georgia Montgomery. Georgia is a long standing CUPE 3799 member who recently retired from UNBC.

Georgia will be working a full day each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and again on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you need assistance with anything, she will be happy to lend a hand.

Please drop by to say hello if you have a chance and welcome her in her new role.

Respectfully,

Caroline President

Provincial government delaying upgrades to the CPP for you and me !

This is something that affects all of us. The CPP is the only pension plan that every Canadian is assured to get. It is not enough for the average person to retire on. Why is our provincial government blocking the progress of this process ? ( All the MLA’s get fully indexed pension plans after only 6 years of service, wouldn’t you like such a sweet deal ? ). Please go to the engagement web site and make your opinion known.

Please contact your local MLA’s as well and make your opinion known. Ask them if they will share some of their “golden pension” with you.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 3799

Memo

Date:          August 11, 2016

To:              CUPE BC Local Presidents

From:         Trevor Davies, Secretary-Treasurer

RE:        Canada Pension Plan Consultation in BC

 Dear Local President,

Further to Paul Faoro’s letter to Premier Clark (attached) sent on behalf of CUPE BC members urging the Provincial Government to join other provinces across the country to sign onto the agreement to expand the CPP, I am writing to you to ask your Local and members to do the same.

As you know, CUPE and the Canadian Labour Congress have been working to expand the CPP for more than fifty years. The Federal Government is ready to expand the program, but can only do so with a majority of the provinces agreeing to the expansion.  On June 20, 2016, the BC government along with other provinces agreed in principle to expand the program. BC has since delayed signing the agreement in order to consult British Columbians first. We are concerned with British Columbia’s support the expansion of the CPP will not happen.

It is important that the Provincial Government hear from you and your members.  We are asking for locals to send an email directly to Finance Minister Mike de Jong urging the Provincial Government to support expanding the CPP by clicking on: CitizenEngagement@gov.bc.ca to urge them to sign on to this historic agreement.

The more voices they hear, the greater the chance the BC government will sign the agreement to expand the program.

Thank you for your assistance.

In solidarity,

Trevor