Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Campaign: We need paid sick leave for all

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is asking for help pressuring legislators to provide paid sick days for all:

“We are asking that you send a message to our elected leaders, if you haven’t already, about paid sick days. It’s easy to do, and by doing so you can join hundreds of others here in Nova Scotia who have already signed on.”

You can take action here: http://nslabour.ca/2021/02/paidsickdaysnovascotia/

National Day of Action for Long-Term Care Standards

April 27 is the National Day of Action for Long-Term Care Standards in Canada. It is a day to bring awareness to LTC issues, and to pressure federal and provincial governments to set real standards for long-term care.

Please consider posting with the hashtags #LTCstandardsNow and #10plus3.

You can also download the attached profile picture and poster to take a selfie with, explaining why you support LTC Standards Now.

 

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New and Returning Officers

Thanks to all who attended our AGM on Friday April 16.

Congratulations to our new and returning executive members and officers:

  • Allan Thomson — VP, Dalhousie Truro Campus
  • Fallen Matthews — VP, Dalhousie Teaching Assistants, Studley Campus
  • Larissa Atkison — VP, MSVU
  • Rory Leitch — VP, TLC at SMU
  • Amal Nabbout — Secretary-Treasurer
  • Anas Tahir — Communications Officer
  • Kim Robinson — Trustee
  • Julie Quinn — Trustee
Thanks to Noel Guscott and Paul Manning for their service on the executive!

PROTECT DAL’S PENSION: SEND A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT!

844 Administrative & Technical Support workers at Dalhousie University and the Agricultural campus in Truro have been trying to bargain a fair contract with their employer for the past seven months.

They may be forced to go out on strike because their employer is refusing to remove a proposal that would strip them of the new Federal Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement, which is a benefit all working Canadians who contribute to the plan receive.

Follow this link to send a message of support!

Annual General Meeting – April 16

Our annual general meeting will be on Friday, April 16, at 2 pm. It will be held virtually.

To RSVP for the meeting, contact our Membership Officer, Kim Robinson (kimrobinson1945@icloud.com), by April 14. A link will be sent to those who have RSVP’d prior to the meeting. 

The meeting will include a bargaining update and the elections for:

  • Vice President, Part-time Instructors Dalhousie, Truro Campus
  • Vice President, Teaching Assistants, Dalhousie, Studley Campus 
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Vice President, Instructors at TLC, SMU 
  • Vice President, Part-time Instructors at MSVU
  • Communications Officer 
  • Trustee

If you are interested in standing for election for any of these positions please contact us. To be nominated, you must attend the meeting or submit your nomination beforehand to president.cupe3912@gmail.com 

Nominations of members of marginalized groups are encouraged. 

All members are welcome.

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Bursary

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, CLC Bursary Application forms for 2021-2022 are now available.
There are five bursaries for which members can apply:
  • The Alex “Sugarcamp” MacDonald Memorial Bursary:  Awarded to a student attending university, trade school or community college.
  • The Glenda Cooper Memorial Bursary: Awarded to a student attending university, trade school or community college.
  • The J.K. Bell Memorial Bursary:  This bursary is only open to students who are attending community college or trade school.
  • The Joe Gannon Memorial Bursary:  Awarded to a student attending university.
  • The Leo F. McKay Memorial Bursary:  Awarded to a student attending university or community college or trade school.
Requirements:  Bursaries are valued at $1,000 each and are awarded to full-time students who will attend university or trade school/community college in 2021/2022 for the first time or as a returning student.  Applicants are required to submit a 500 word essay typed on “The Role of the Labour Movement in Today’s Society” with their bursary application.
Eligibility: children of active union members or the union member themselves.
Application deadline:  Friday, July 9, 2021.
Applications and a full description of each bursary is on the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour website: nslabour.ca.  Applications are also available by email at: cupe3912@dal.ca.

International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day. Celebrated each year on March 8, IWD is a day to celebrate and remember women’s achievements. While the UN recognized IWD as March 8 in 1975, it has been celebrated for more than a century, and its origins overlap with trade unions and the struggle for social justice and economic equality.

This year’s IWD theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’ and it urges us to recognize the role women have played in fighting inequality, but also to confront the ongoing reality of inequality and gender discrimination in Canada and around the world.

This theme is particularly relevant for our union, which is made up of part-time, precarious academic workers. Women are overrepresented in these positions, and there remains a gendered pay gap in full-time academic work. These gendered inequalities have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our fall newsletter includes a piece by Shiva Nourpanah and Chantelle Falconer, both members, that considers the gendered impacts of the pandemic on post-docs and emerging graduates.

CUPE Nova Scotia and CUPE National both have recommendations for actions to take to celebrate IWD and to choose to challenge gender inequality. CUPE NS’s Women’s Committee will be sharing IWD stories about choosing to challenge on their Facebook page. The Canadian Labour Congress also has a page on gender equality you can visit.

CUPE 3912 stands alongside all those who choose to challenge sexism, discrimination and inequality in the workplace and beyond.

CUPE NS Bursaries and Awards

The CUPE NS website has information for several awards, scholarships, and bursaries for CUPE affiliated members. The deadline to apply is April 15.

The awards are:

 

African Heritage Month

February 1 marks the start of African Heritage Month. This year’s theme is Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share, and Act.

To mark the month, we encourage all members to take some time to reflect on and learn more about the legacies and contributions of people of African descent in Canadian and Nova Scotia history and society. We should also take some time to reaffirm that Black lives and Black history matter, and commit ourselves to working towards a more inclusive society. As educators and post-secondary workers, CUPE 3912 members have opportunities and responsibilities to incorporate anti-racism into our work and our teaching, and to listen to, learn from, and share Black voices, experiences, and history. You can see this growing list of resources we have complied for including anti-racism and Black Lives Matter into your syllabus and classroom practices.

We hope you take some time to look into the virtual events being hosted by MSVU, SMU, and Dalhousie, and events in the community more broadly. You can learn more here: https://ansa.novascotia.ca/african-heritage-month.

Furthermore, CUPE National has a list of resource and actions to help celebrate African Heritage Month and to fight against anti-Black racism in our workplaces and society more broadly.

CUPE 3912 stands in solidarity in the fight against anti-Black racism.

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Press Release from SSFA re: Liberal Leadership Campaign

The Student, Staff, Faculty Alliance, which represents 20 unions or associations with over 20,000 college and university employees and students across NS, have released a statement on the Liberal Party of NS leadership campaign in relation to post-secondary education. It is attached below (click the download link if it doesn’t load in your browser):

“The SSFA believes the PSE sector in Nova Scotia is about more than education; it is a pathway for immigration and community building, a gateway for entrepreneurship and research innovation, and an economic driver in urban and rural communities. Its members are disheartened that none of the candidates for premier seem concerned with the fate of PSE in Nova Scotia.”

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