Jan 24 2009

General Membership Meeting – January 27

Category: Eventsjonnyj @ 7:37 pm

There will be a GMM held on Tuesday, January 27 from 2:30-5:30pm at the Bloor Cinema (between Bathurst and Spadina). All CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to attend.

Early this morning, the bargaining team and the CUPE 3903 executive held an emergency meeting. The executive voted, by a substantial majority, to reject binding arbitration and to offer to continue to bargain. Here is the complete CUPE Executive Statement


Jan 24 2009

Town Hall Meeting – January 26

Category: Eventsjonnyj @ 7:34 pm

There will be a town hall meeting on back to work legislation:

When: Monday, January 26, 6 – 9 pm

Where:  Trinity St. Paul Church (427 Bloor Street West of Spadina)


Jan 24 2009

Emergency Unit 2 Meeting called by CUPE Executive and Bargaining Team Members!

Category: Researchjonnyj @ 3:23 pm

When:  Sunday, January 25, 4 to 6pm (after 12pm Rally at Queen’s Park for Liberals’ Back to Work Legislation introduction)

Where: Concord Cafe, 937 Bloor St. West (near Ossington subway station)

Food will be available and time will be counted as alternative duty/ strike pay.



Top Journal Article:  “Listening to Labour: Mainstream Media, Talk Radio, and the 2005 B.C. Teachers Strike,” by Shane Gunster (excerpted from the Canadian Journal of Communication 33(4): 661-683).

In October 2005, B.C. public school teachers conducted a two-and-a- half-week illegal strike that attracted widespread support from the public. This article conducts a comparative content and discourse analysis of the news coverage provided by the leading provincial outlets in three media types: The Vancouver Sun (newspaper), the News Hour on Global (television), and The Bill Good Show (political talk radio). The Bill Good Show’s open-ended, participatory format, coupled with the host’s commitment to journalistic norms of objectivity and diversity, allowed teachers to play an active and significant role in shaping discussion and debate about the strike.

To read the complete study, click here.


Jan 13 2009

Bargaining 101 for CUPE 3903 Members

Category: Eventsjonnyj @ 6:45 pm

If you answer yes to any of these questions:

  • Are you finding it difficult to stay current with the strike news?
  • Unsure what the employer has offered us?
  • Need more info to make an informed decision about the Forced Ratification Vote?
  • Finding it difficult to ask your questions in a large group?

Meet with a representative from our Executive and Bargaining Teams in a small, informal, and accepting environment to ask your questions.

Saturday, January 17
246 Bloor St West at Bedford (St. George Subway)
room 548
3-5 pm

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Jan 13 2009

Unit 2 Meeting, Friday Jan. 16th

Category: Eventsjonnyj @ 1:24 pm

The time and location of the next Unit 2 meeting are as follows:

Friday, January 16th, from 5-8pm.
246 Bloor St W (at Bedford), Rm. 548

Food will be available and attendance at the meeting will count as 3 hours of picket duty. The agenda of the meeting is as follows (note: feel free to propose additions to the agenda as a comment to this post):

  1. Summary of forced ratification preparations to date.
  2. Activities for Monday and Tuesday forced ratification voting days.
  3. Contingency planning for after the forced ratification.

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