Pub Night – Friday January 18 @ Dalhousie University Club, 5 pm

Our first pub night of 2019 is in the games room at the Dalhousie University Club at 5 pm Friday January 18. All members are welcome (not just from Dalhousie). Join us in the games room (across from the pub) to meet fellow members and share your concerns and comments about your work and your union. Look for the CUPE 3912 banner.

Pub fare and a drink will be provided to the first members to arrive.

MSVU Strategic Planning Working Group: Call for CUPE Representative

MSVU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mary Bluechardt will be chairing a Strategic Planning Working Group in 2019 and is inviting CUPE to have a representative. This will be a full year commitment and participants from the working group may be asked to volunteer in focus groups both on and off campus (not necessary to attend all focus groups, but welcome to do so).  Member are invited to self-nominate.

Please see below for the experience required for this role:

– Experience with planning, implementation and measurement

– Experience with student life, wellness, and inclusion

– Experience with recruitment and retention initiatives

Nominations are required by January 21, 2019. Please submit to Steve Cloutier (CUPE 3912, President) at president.cupe3912@gmail.com

Job Posting – Database developer

Job Posting – Database developer

CUPE local 3912 has a short-term opportunity for someone to develop a system to manage a database for our union that represents part-time faculty at Dalhousie, Mount St. Vincent, and St. Mary’s Universities; TAs, demonstrators and markers at Dalhousie University; and the Language Centre instructors at Saint Mary’s University. Applicants should be proficient with Microsoft Excel and possibly contact management or database software. 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 develop a system for managing CUPE 3912’s membership database that can be used by any member of the executive.

The developer 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. The Executive sets the primary goals and terms of employment.

Preference will be given to a member in good standing of CUPE 3912. No training will be provided by CUPE; the suitable candidate will be expected to have enough knowledge to complete the task.

The expected time commitment of the position is 10 hours per week for two months with a possible extension for a third month.

The developer will be responsible for the following:
1) Develop a user-friendly system that works with MailChimp for managing membership contact information with input from Excel files from the universities’ administrations and taking into account member teaching assignments in different semesters and at multiple departments and institutions.
2) Determine methods for calculating the number of members in different departments, at different institutions and for different time periods.
3) Ensure that the system can be used by others with limited competence in technology (i.e., very user-friendly).
4) Write a set of clear, easy-to-follow instructions.
5) Provide a monthly written report to the Executive.
6) To meet with the Communications Officer on a monthly basis to review activities of the previous month and to establish the priorities for the upcoming month.
7) Attend executive meetings at the discretion of the executive.
8) Attend CUPE 3912 general meetings during the contract.

Salary: Hourly rate will be $21.52.

Application (letter and cv) deadline: 14 January 2019
Applications should be submitted to: cupe3912@dal.ca, subject line: Database developer
(please let us know if you are a member)

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!

Download (PDF, 796KB)

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.