Special General Meeting, June 11 @ 10 am, Online

Friday June 11 at 10 am, we are holding another special general meeting, focusing on health and safety concerns in relation to campus reopening. The CUPE 3912 representatives on university Health and Safety Committees will be present to speak to campus measures and answer your questions. Membership mobilization will also be discussed.

To RSVP for the meeting, contact our Membership Officer, Kim Robinson June 10:  kimrobinson1945@icloud.com 

A link will be sent to those who have RSVP’d prior to the meeting. 

CUPE 3912 mourns discovery of Kamloops mass grave site, calls for stronger federal action

CUPE, including CUPE 3192, mourns discovery of Kamloops mass grave site. We call for stronger federal action.

CUPE 3912 stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Canada as they mourn the recent discovery of 215 Indigenous children buried at a mass grave site at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC.

You can read CUPE National’s full statement here.

You can read the statement of the Office of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Chief, here. The school operated on the unceded territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation until 1978.

As Dorene Bernard, a Mi’kmaq elder and scholar, states other residential school locations need to “be fully investigated …. We’re going to continue to do the work.” Under her guidance, the survey of the Shubenacadie Residential School location in Nova Scotia has already begun. The Shubenacadie school operated from 1929-1967, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation lists the names of 16 children who died at the school.

Donations can be made to the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society here.

To Indigenous CUPE members: we can only imagine the pain and trauma this news has caused, or reawakened. If you need help, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.

As academic workers in settler institutions, we have benefitted from settler colonialism. The institutions where our members work — Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s, and Dalhousie universities — are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. We are all treaty people, and must all be committed to working with Indigenous nations, communities, organizations, and students toward decolonization, reconciliation, and respecting the on-going treaty relationships. This also means reflecting on our own work and positions, and having hard conversations about how academic institutions and disciplines contributed to the collective history and traumas of colonialism. Decolonizing our work and practices requires ongoing and day-to-day action.

In the words of Jared Qwustenuxun Williams, “Every day is orange shirt day, every day is red dress day, every day indigenous lives matter.” You can read more about the Orange Shirt Day Campaign here.

To learn more about the ongoing legacies of colonialism read the resources provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Volume 4, on “Missing Children and Unmarked Burials” is particularly relevant.

We urge the federal government to immediately end its court battle against First Nations children, which it has been pursuing since the Canada Human Rights Tribunal first ruled against the government in 2016. Provincial and federal governments must also implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

 

Special General Meeting, May 27, 4-5 pm

Thursday May 27, 4-5 pm, we have our first of several monthly Special General Meetings. These will be very important to connect with you as we progress in bargaining. We also need to accomplish some things that need to be decided by the general membership. These meetings should be shorter than the bi-annual general meetings and will only include specified items.

The main goal of this first one will be to establish a mobilization team. We also expect to have a motion to approve audits.

We also have a very special guest at this first meeting – Brenda Austin-Smith, the president of CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers). She will give a short address to help us put our own mobilization and bargaining efforts in a national context and will be happy to answer your questions.

To RSVP for the meeting, contact our Membership Officer, Kim Robinson, by May 26. A link will be sent to those who have RSVP’d prior to the meeting. 

If you have been waiting for momentum to get involved in helping with our member engagement and bargaining support, now is the time! Even if you only have time to participate in these meetings, your support will be very much appreciated.

See you next week!

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.