New Chief Shop Steward and Steward for our local 3799

Joyce Henley has stepped forward to fill the long vacant Chief Shop Steward position. As she was our Recording Secretary and as per our bylaws a person can not hold two executive positions, the position of Recording Secretary is now open. A formal call for nominations for the position will be coming out shortly.

We welcome Joyce in this role. With her CUPE training combined with personal education it will ensure she has a successful time as our Chief Shop Steward.

Mike Billips Wood Engineering Technologist at the WIDC has been sworn in as a steward. Even though he typically works at the WIDC there can be arrangements for him to be on campus and of course we do have telephones :)

Their contact information can be found on the contact page

Labour Day weekend coming up. Time to reflect and time to celebrate !

This coming Monday September 4th is labour day. Have you every wondered about why we celebrate labour day ? Do you realize it is from hard work by the working class in the forever struggle for fair wages, benefits and being treated with respect and dignity ? Please check out this web site for some history, from a Canadian perspective.

Here is PG the various unions have gotten together to celebrate labour day ! Please feel free to had to City Hall on Monday at 11 am (food starting at noon ) for various activities, music, free food and general fun !.

CUPE locals from PG will have a tent there handing out free fruit. Feel free to drop in and say hi. Course if you feel like helping out for a bit, one of the other volunteers will gladly take a break.

In Solidarity


(Click on the link for a full size poster)

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:

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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