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 Since Gary Leroux has withdrawn his candidacy, Sharon has been acclaimed as Unit 2 Vice-President.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.



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 (christina.rousseau@gmail.com) Members will get an honorarium of $12/hour or $50 for 4 hours. We can vote for positions in all units.


Mar 02 2009

List of Candidates and Statements for 2009-2010 CUPE 3903 Executive Elections

Category: Point of Information,Post-strike Discussion (2009)jonnyj @ 12:18 pm

RECORDING SECRETARY (Greg Flemming and Graham Potts)

Greg Flemming

Though the current labour action may appear to be over, the struggle continues: binding arbitration has yet to come to a conclusion; the issues we raised with our collective efforts are being actively concealed by our employer (see the recent insert in the Globe and Mail and the administration’s lack of desire for union involvement at ‘remediation’ events for students); and in one way or another we will be involved in the sector-wide bargaining that will happen in 2010. This is not the time to ratchet down our efforts, but to double them.

To this end I am coming forward with my abilities and experience for the position of recording secretary. I have a year’s worth of communications experience as an officer of public information with the city of Ottawa, and have also lent my expertise to the National Gallery of Canada as a volunteer copy-editor.

I have been active in 3903 since early June of last year as the steward for Social and Political Thought. I have done a lot of work with the Stewards Council in our pre-strike efforts to mobilize our strength, and much more in the day-to-day running of the strike. I have been active in debates and meetings, and will continue to do so.

I aim to work closely with the communications officer, the rest of the executive and the other bodies of the union to help build activist momentum in the directions I have mentioned. Effective internal communications demand that our own materials, including research – the co-ordination and compilation of which is also the purview of the Recording Secretary – are clearly organized and readily available. This means ensuring that minutes, up-to-date collections of bylaws and policies, the collective history of our local and current efforts are documented, well presented, and accessible. Effectively doing this work will help us, our sector and our community as we move forward.

I encourage every member of 3903 to come out and vote, and will continue to work with many of you either as a newly minted member of the executive or a rank-and-file activist. Continue reading “List of Candidates and Statements for 2009-2010 CUPE 3903 Executive Elections”

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