Promoting Research Opportunities for Contract Academic Staff – November 2

Our second workshop related to Fair Employment Week is Promoting Research Opportunities for Contract Academic Staff.

November 2 at 2:30 in the BMO room on the 2nd floor or the Halifax Central Library. The speaker is Adam Sarty, the Associate Vice President Research at Saint Mary’s University!

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

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Upcoming CUPE 3912 Information Sessions

These sessions will feature a short presentation by the campus VPs, and will feature written materials on the CAUT pro-rata model, the CAUT Contract Academic Staff report, the CUPE National PSE campaign, and copies of recent CUPE 3912 documents and information.

Dalhousie (Main Campus): Thursday, Oct.11, 2:00-4:00 p.m., University Club

Dalhousie (Agricultural Campus): Tuesday, Nov, 6, 2-4 p.m., Jenkins Hall Lounge

Saint Mary’s: Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Loyola Private Dining Room

Mount Saint Vincent: Friday, Oct. 19, 12:00-2:30 p.m., Vinnie’s Pub

CUPE 3912 members include part-time faculty at Dal, SMU and MSVU; clinical instructors, lab demonstrators, TAs and markers/demonstrators at Dal; and instructors at the Language Centre at SMU. All members are welcome!

CUPE 3912 needs new executive members!

VP Dalhousie – Studley TAs

CUPE 3912 is looking for a new Vice-President at Dalhousie, representing Teaching Assistants, Studley Campus.

Here is an opportunity to engage with other CUPE members and serve your Union! CUPE 3912 is looking for a new representative for the Teaching Assistants at Studley Campus, Dalhousie University. Under our new bylaws, this position will run until April 2019.

Please note that the Vice-President at Dalhousie, representing Teaching Assistants, Studley Campus is a member of the Executive of CUPE 3912 not an employee and is, therefore, an elected position.

Anyone interested in standing for the position must be a Teaching Assistant at the Studley Campus of Dalhousie.

No experience is required. You will be required to do training which CUPE 3912 will provide. The time commitment varies throughout the year, but an average would be about 5 hours a week.

The Vice-President, Dal, Studley TAs represents teaching assistants, markers, and lab instructors and others in treating issues at their work for Dalhousie.

  • a central duty will be to receive communications from teaching assistants and others about concerns related to employment at Dalhousie
  • a related duty is to serve on the Labour management committee at Dalhousie
  • submitting written reports at each General Meeting and each Executive Meeting
  • attend and participate in all discussions and decisions of the Executive Board of CUPE
    o represent the interests of teaching assistants at Dalhousie Studley

Although it is a volunteer position, the Vice-President at Dalhousie, representing Teaching Assistants, Studley Campus, does receive an honorarium.

Members who are interested in standing for election should contact the nominating committee by October 19, 2018 after which the Executive will set a date for the election.
Please contact the nominating committee at cupe3912@dal.ca (put “Studley rep” in the subject line) if you are interested or for more information.

Treasurer

We need a new treasurer!

Here’s an opportunity to engage with other CUPE members and serve your union! CUPE 3912 is looking for a new Treasurer. Under our new bylaws, this position will run until April 2019.

Please note that the Treasurer is a member of the Executive of CUPE 3912 not an employee and is, therefore, an elected position.

Anyone interested in standing in the election must be a member in good standing of CUPE 3912 (a member who has taught one course at one of the three universities in the last three years or who is a TA at Dalhousie).

No experience is required. You will be required to do training which CUPE 3912 will provide. The time commitment varies throughout the year, but an average would be about 5 hours a week.

The Treasurer takes care of financial matters including:

  • bookkeeping using CUPE’s electronic ledger,
  • depositing rebates,
  • making payments,
  • serving as liaison with the local’s and employers’ payroll services,
  • participating in the investments committee and Executive meetings,
  • corresponding with CUPE National in financial matters and
  • ensuring that the local’s trustees finish the yearly audit.

Although it is a volunteer position, the Treasurer does receive an honorarium.

Members who are interested in standing for election should contact the nominating committee by October 19, 2018 after which the Executive will set a date for the election.

Please contact the nominating committee at cupe3912@dal.ca (put “Treasurer” in the subject line) if you are interested or for more information.

Job Posting – Teaching Assistant Organizer

CUPE local 3912 has an opportunity for a motivated Teaching Assistant who is interested in becoming more involved in the union that represents part-time faculty at Dalhousie, Mount St. Vincent, and St. Mary’s Universities. Applicants should be outgoing and be able to talk to small/medium size groups of people. No previous work experience with unions is required.

Working with, and reporting to, the local’s Executive Committee, the goals of this position are to contact, educate and mobilize CUPE 3912’s Teaching Assistants. The organizer will develop and use e-mail lists to notify members of events, bargaining updates, etc.

The organizer is an employee of CUPE 3912 and, as such, will be asked to sign a contract for a set period of time decided by the Executive. While the organizer does have the opportunity to work independently, the Executive sets the primary goals, terms of employment, and the evaluation process.

The organizer must be a Teaching Assistant at one of the Dalhousie campuses and a member in good standing of CUPE 3912. All necessary training will be provided by CUPE.

While the time commitment will vary as issues dictate, the expected time commitment of the position is 10 hours per week.

The organizer will be responsible for the following:

1) Be responsible for co-ordinating effective communication between the Executive of CUPE 3912 and its Teaching Assistants.

2) Organize meetings with Teaching Assistants either individually or in groups to provide information or obtain feedback.

3) Organize meetings between the vice-presidents (or other members of the Executive) and the Teaching Assistants.

4) Recruit stewards and collaborate with the vice-presidents to facilitate regular meetings of the stewards at the different universities.

5) In co-operation with the communications officer, develop educational and promotional materials such as ads, posters, and pamphlets and arrange for their distribution to Teaching Assistants.

6) Provide a monthly written report to the Executive.

7) To meet with the President on a monthly basis to review activities of the previous month and to establish the priorities for the upcoming month.

8) Attend executive meetings at the discretion of the executive.

9) Attend CUPE 3912 general meetings.

Salary: Hourly rate will be $21.52.
Application deadline: 30 September 2018
Applications should be submitted to: cupe3912@dal.ca