CUPE NS Interim President Obituary

Michael Hugh Paul McNeil

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Michael Hugh Paul McNeil, also known as Bunky on Saturday, March 12. Mike was first and foremost a family man; a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Mike’s personality shone for all to see; even strangers felt comfortable in his presence. Mike umpired at the Provincial level for Softball Nova Scotia. Mike’s love of life was evident in his passion for attending Blues festivals with the Keith’s brothers or playing washers in the back yard at Camp Cavendish. He was an avid hockey fan, whether he was watching his grandson or his favourite team, the Montreal Canadians. Mike worked for35 yrs for Gem health Care he started at Keddys Nursing Home then the name changed to Glades Lodge and the last 5 yrs he was at the Admiral Long Term Care Centre. Mike also had another passion; the Labour movement. He was a true union activist. Over the last 37 years, he held various union positions and worked his way to the President of CUPE Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by his mother Kathleen McNeil, father Frank McNeil, and sister Diane. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 29 years Darlene, and children Diane McNeil, J.R. (Ursula), Emily (Trevor), his beloved grandchildren, Anthony, Brandon, and their mother Melissa, Tristan, Chase and Callie Rose, sister Christina, brothers Pat (Heather) and Darrell (Donna), and numerous nieces and nephews, his other extended family, Keith’s Brothers and Camp Cavendish. Visitation will be held in the Great Hall at the Anglican Diocesan Centre located at 1340 Martello Street, Halifax (entrance via the purple awning door) on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. Funeral Service will be held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello Street, Halifax on Friday, March 18 at 11am. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of All Saints Outreach Program. In support of the workers at the Chronicle Herald, this obituary will not be submitted to the newspaper.

Special thanks to CUPE National, CUPE Nova Scotia and CUPE Local 1259 for their tremendous support during this most difficult time.

CUPE Nova Scotia Higgins Insurance Scholarships

CUPE Nova Scotia Higgins Insurance Scholarships are awarded by CUPE Nova Scotia.  Two scholarships valued at $1,000 each are available annually.

Individuals planning enrollment at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2016-17 academic year may make application.  The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of registration.


1) Union members in good standing with a local union affiliated to CUPE Nova Scotia; and,
2) Sons, daughters, or legal wards of a member in good standing of a local union affiliated to CUPE Nova Scotia.

Basis of awards shall be the applicant’s financial need and current and ongoing volunteerism/social activism in his/her community.

Applications must be complete and on the prescribed form and must be received by the CUPE Nova Scotia Scholarship Committee no later than May 15, 2016.  Supporting documents must be provided with the form in order for the application to be considered.  Application forms are available by contacting the CUPE 3912 office at

Black History Month 2016

CUPE Nova Scotia’s 2016 Black History Month Event – A Celebration and Contemplation – will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus (36 Arthur Street)

Confirmed speakers include labour activists Lynn Jones (PSAC), Jason MacLean (NSGEU) and Liz Paris (CUPE).

Important Notice Re Back Pay

Important Notice for members of CUPE 3912’s Dalhousie Bargaining Unit regarding Back Pay

CUPE 3912 and Dalhousie have recently signed a new Collective Agreement and, as such, those who taught at Dalhousie between September 2012 and December 2015 are entitled to back pay.

Members with a contract in the 2015-2016 Academic Year will automatically receive back pay. This includes TAs and markers.

Members who do NOT have a contract in the 2015-2016 Academic must contact the university in order to receive their back pay by JANUARY 15, 2016.

Members should contact Vicki Boyd


phone number: (902) 494-1128.

mailing address: Human Resources Office,
Room 150, Henry Hicks Building,
6299 South Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2

Notice from ANSUT: Invitation to participate in a Survey of Contract Academic Staff in Nova Scotia


We are looking for contract instructors to take part in an online survey being conducted by the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) and Dr. Karen Foster, assistant professor in the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

The survey is part of a research project looking at the occupational experiences of contract instructors (i.e., university teaching staff whose jobs are in some way not permanent) in Nova Scotia universities. It will gather data on wages, hours of work, office space, teaching loads, and other objective qualities of contract jobs. It will also ask questions about your experiences as a contract instructor, probing for information on job satisfaction, stress, overwork, work-life ‘balance’, and other measures typically considered in evaluations of job quality.

If you are currently teaching at one or more Nova Scotia universities and your job is in some way non-permanent, whether your title is “contract instructor”, “contract academic staff”, a “limited-term appointment”, “part-time faculty”, “adjunct”, “sessional”, or similar, you are likely eligible to participate. The sole criteria for eligibility is that you are not regular faculty, you are not on the tenure-track (or the newer “lecturer stream”), and your job is not permanent.

The survey consists of approximately 60 questions—some multiple-choice and some open-ended—that should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. It will be available to complete from October 13th to November 30th. If you wish to participate, please review the attached informed consent letter and click the following link, which will take you to a consent form, and—if you consent to participate—the survey:

Please note: the password to enter the survey is CAS2015

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Foster (at 902 494-6751, – email is most reliable).

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Matthew Furlong
Communications Officer, Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers


CUPE 3912
General Meeting

20 November 2015,
12 pm

Saint Mary’s University, Sobey Building 4th floor, Secunda Room

Light refreshments will be provided.
The Executive Council of CUPE 3912 invites members, both Part-time Faculty and Teaching Assistants, to volunteer for the negotiating committees for the universities that will undertake bargaining for new contracts in 2016.