Like many Contract Faculty, I don’t just teach at York University. For many of us, this is necessary to piece together an income. I’ve taught at Carleton University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and at Brock University.
During the Fall 2016 term, I taught a Labour Studies course at Brock. I was also hired as a part-time Membership Mobilizer by CUPE 4207 which represents Teaching Assistants, Contract Faculty, ESL Coordinators and ESL Instructors at Brock.
CUPE 4207, Unit 1, which includes TAs and Contract Faculty (or Instructors) is currently bargaining for a new collective agreement. With little progress at the table, on January 18 and 19, CUPE 4207 Unit 1 held a strike vote and received a strike mandate from the membership. We will see what happens next in bargaining, but in the meantime, CUPE 4207 is preparing to go on strike!
If CUPE 3903 members would like to offer some solidarity to their colleagues in CUPE 4207, I’d suggest that two simple and modest ways would be to like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter account. For CUPE 4207 bargaining news, check out their bargaining website.
Back on November 10, 2016, CUPE 4207 held a Rally for Fairness for Academic Workers. We managed to receive some decent coverage from the student-run BrockTV: