Feb 25 2011

Unit 2 Election Week

Category: Elections (2011),NewsBob Hanke @ 10:43 pm

From the Unit 2 Working Group:

What an astonishing time for Unit 2.

This moment’s calm before the election storm is almost too much for some in the Unit 2 Working Group to bear.

Everything the U2WG has been struggling for will be conclusively decided in
the coming week.  One way or another.  There’s nothing more we can do.

Nor will this singular opportunity for our Unit 2 membership likely come again.

The Contract Faculty vote on U2WG recommendations to restructure Local 3903 for more Unit 2 autonomy is tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 3rd. It will either tally favourably ­– or it will not.

Then, over this coming week, the Unit 2 membership will either turn out to vote in 3903 Executive Committee candidates who will fight for Unit 2 autonomy and recognition ­– or it will not.

In both cases, we will either elect to take a stand against silenced oppression and exploitation – or we shall not stand at all.

It’s entirely up to the Unit 2 membership, now.  Precisely, democratically, as it should be.

Having already voted on the Unit 2 Proposal, let’s finish what we started.

And let’s say it once more, if only for good measure: vote in the Unit 2 candidates who stand for and who have been actively and tirelessly working for greater Unit 2 autonomy and representation in Local 3903.

These candidates are: Mary Anne Coffey (for Grievance Officer), Sharon Davidson (for U2 VP), and Peter Fruchter (for U2 Chief Steward). This is the Unit 2 Working Group slate.

Don’t neglect to vote for these 3903 Executive Committee candidates.  And when you do vote, please keep the following in mind.

While members of the U2WG are guardedly optimistic the Unit 2 Proposal vote will tally favourably, the implementation of the Unit 2 Proposal will hinge essentially on the make-up of the 3903 executive.  And the above 3 candidates are the ones that the U2WG has entrusted to represent the democratic will of our Unit 2 membership on the 3903 executive.

Sharon Davidson has been determinedly and assiduously working during administration to protect and advance Unit 2 members’ interests through representation on the Labour Management Committee and the Better Workplace Initiative. Since Gary Leroux has withdrawn his candidacy, Sharon has been acclaimed as Unit 2 Vice-President.

Peter Fruchter has been active in the U2WG from its founding and has diligently ensured (and insisted!), through the creation of U2News, that Contract Faculty remain informed on critical issues pertaining to Unit 2.  And let us not forget, Mary Anne Coffey’s vast, vast experience, her loyalty to our Local, and how staunchly and tirelessly she has always represented us, even in difficult times.

We wish both candidates the best of luck and express our strongest hopes that the 3903 membership will support them by coming out and voting each candidate into executive office.

Voting in the elections for the Executive Committee will take place in the coming week at both Keele and Glendon campuses, from 11 am to 3 pm, February 28 to March 4. Voting at Glendon Campus will take place outside the Glendon cafeteria, while voting at Keele Campus will take place in the CUPE 3903 boardroom in the CUPE office, 104 East Office Building.



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