Mar 24 2009

Volunteer to be a Steward: We Need You

Category: Meetings,Point of InformationBob Hanke @ 8:29 am

An important 2009-2010 goal for CUPE 3903 Stewards’ Council is to strengthen our role and presence within York University.

We are in the final planning stage for an Steward Orientation to their role and function; education of part-time faculty about their collective rights and their opportunities to contribute to the union’s mandate is an important part of the Steward’s role. The orientation topics will include:

Collective Agreement (as it pertains to SC role of member rights etc)
3903 CUPE bylaws (as it pertains to SC role of member rights etc)
Equity in the union and workplace, including accessibility, gender, persons of color etc
Member Grievances
Roles of office staff in relation to SC functions
Health and safety in the environment
Health benefits, including extended
Effective verbal communication skills in supporting member queries etc
Posting employment opportunities
Completion of forms ( eg. annual employment renewals)

Please go to the Stewards’ Council Orientation schedule and complete all your available times from March 31 -April 13; please be flexible as there are a # of people in Units 1, 2, and 3 to accommodate. If you can only attend morining sessions, indicate the days/morning times in the comments sections.


Each university department should have at least one steward who acts as a point person and liaison with the rest of the union. All stewards meet monthly (sometimes more often) and are trained with the current collective agreements to assist members in their departments. Stewards play an important political role by disseminating information to members and mobilizing within departments, both around specific issues with the employer and also in relation to other social justice struggles within the community as a whole.

Stewards Protect the Collective Agreements; they can play an important role in helping to gather information on collective agreement violations and ensuring that all members are protected. We can organize and mobilize support for campus-wide initiatives that aim to fight back against breaches of our collective agreements as well as on basic worker and human rights. These initiatives will be more successful with an active and representative Stewards’ Council.

On a departmental level the role of stewards can include:

clarifying the collective agreement provisions for each unit
answering questions from members in department
passing on reminders about union meetings and other information
attending departmental meetings
following through on member’s grievances (including attending grievance meetings with members)
organizing departmental meetings or actions when collective responses are necessary
informing members about the ways they can participate in and help shape the important political work of the local
encouraging member participation in the union’s day-to-day functioning
keeping members informed about issues in the local and important struggles in the community

At the union level the role of stewards can include:

attending Stewards’ Council meetings (one per month) and GMMs usually once per month
participation in Stewards’ council committees
participation in union political campaigns

Who are current departmental stewards?

Visit this website and review the Departmental List for Stewards (left hand index under Unon Central) but remember that lists can be outdated, curent members may choose to withdraw, and most importantly we are missing Steward reps from a number of York departments and have very few U2 reps.


Mar 18 2009

CUPE 3903 Executive Elections 2009-2010

Category: Elections (2011)Bob Hanke @ 8:40 pm

Dear sisters, brothers, trans-identifying, and all members of CUPE 3903,

I am pleased to announce that the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903’s 2009-2010 Executive Committee comprises:
– Carmen Sanchez, TFAC Co-Chair
– Anne Stebbins, TFAC Co-Chair
– Christina Rousseau, Chief Steward Unit 1
– Lykke de la Cour, Chief Steward Unit 2
– Chelsea Flook, Chief Steward Unit 3
– Tanya McFadyen, VP Unit 1
– Sharon Davidson, VP Unit 2
– Xavier Scott, VP Unit 3
– Cat Ashton, Communications Officer
– Mary Anne Coffey, Grievance Officer
– Graham Potts, Recording Secretary
– Baris Karaagac, Treasurer
– Ian Hussey, Chair

The newly elected executive will be having a preliminary meeting this Friday (5-7PM, East Office Building). This is short notice to call this meeting, I realize, but the meeting is intended more as a social space than a space to get right down to ‘business’. If we have quorum, I will take direction of executive members present as to the necessity of handling any pressing concerns of the Local. On behalf of the new executive, I encourage every member who can to participate in our meetings throughout the coming year.

At the next General Membership Meeting we will be trying to fill the Local’s various committees. A list of descriptions of the Local’s committees and caucuses is available here: . I hope you will consider joining a committee and/or caucus, and participating in the very important work of our Local’s various democratic spaces.

Ian Hussey,  Chair

Mar 18 2009

Michael Whealen Memorial Service

Category: Point of InformationBob Hanke @ 8:34 pm

Michael Whealen was a contract faculty member for the Centre for Academic Writing, and during the strike he was one of our fine office workers. Michael Whealen’s memorial service will be held on Monday March 30th @ 1:30-2:30 pm in the Scott Religious Centre.

The service is open to all members of the York community.

Michael’s brother, Bryan, requested that all donations be made to the Centre for Academic Writing. Beverley Giblon is setting up a trust in Michael’s name. (Beverley Giblon — giblon @ )

Mar 13 2009

Extended Voting Hours for CUPE 3903 Election

Category: Elections (2011)Bob Hanke @ 11:44 am

At the request of many members, the election reps have extended voting times for the CUPE 3903 Executive Committee 2009-10 elections. This year we have considerable interest from U2 members to be elected executive. If you have not voted yet, please support their dedication to Unit 2 union representation by voting in the extended time period.

Sharon Davidson has been acclaimed VP, Unit 2.

Extended Voting Hours

Monday March 16th Vari Hall 9-5
Tuesday March 17th Vari Hall 9-5

Please bring picture ID to vote. If you wish to volunteer for the elections tabling contact strong>Christina Rousseau ( Members will get an honorarium of $12/hour or $50 for 4 hours. We can vote for positions in all units.


Mar 13 2009

Extension of Conference and Research Funding Deadline

Category: UncategorizedBob Hanke @ 12:28 am

 Both the Conference Travel and Research Grants Funds have been extended from March 1 to April 15.

Conference Travel Fund (Unit 2)
Three Deadlines: Oct 1, March 1 and June 1.
A total of $58,300 to support the attendance of scholarly/professional/artistic conferences. While the June round will only defray travel costs, the other 2 rounds will also provide money towards accomodation (normally $50/night) and other expenses (normally $25/day). Applicants will normally only receive up to 1 grant per year. Apply to Academic Employee Relations


Research Grants Fund (Unit 2) Two Deadlines: Oct. 1 and March 1.
Members can only receive funds once per year – that is, they should apply in either October or March, but not both. Minor Grants of up to $8000 are available at both times, Major Grants of up to $8000 plus experience credit of one course directorship are available only in spring round. Apply to Academic Employee Relations.

Go to link below for application forms

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