Voting stations open today! Vote at Keele or Glendon campus.

An image of a hand dropping a ballot into the ballot box.

An image of a hand dropping a ballot into the ballot box.

CUPE 3903 members from all 4 Units can vote for the Grievance Officer, who sits on the Executive and the Bargaining Team. I’ll be voting for Elizabeth BrulĂ©, an experienced activist in the local, as the best choice for the union as a whole.

Members of Unit 2 are electing 2 members to our Unit 2 Bargaining Team. I’m hoping that you will support me, Murray Cooke. I’ll also be voting for Waseem Malik. During the last round of bargaining, Waseem frequently attended bargaining sessions. He knows the Collective Agreement and how the process works.

Members of Unit 1 are electing 3 members to their Unit 1 Bargaining Team and have 5 good candidates to choose from.

Voting stations will be open: February 9-10 (Thur-Fri) and 13-15 (Mon-Wed).

9am-5pm at Keele campus (in Vari Link) and
11am-3pm at Glendon (outside the cafeteria – across from York Hall, Room 170).

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An Open and Accountable Bargaining Team

Developing Bargaining Proposals: Listening to the Membership

I have my own thoughts about our bargaining proposals. I mentioned some of them on my candidate statement, but our Unit 2 bargaining proposals will not be determined by the Bargaining Team. No one on the Bargaining Team should presuppose that they know what the membership wants or sees as priorities.

As a union we need to engage in a real outreach, consultation and discussion process to develop our bargaining proposals. We need to get this started as soon as possible. We need to carefully develop our bargaining survey and then make sure we get the widest response level possible. The survey will be online, but we need to canvass members in their departments and speak to as many members from all departments and faculties as possible. We need as many members as possible involved in the process, not just a handful of the usual activists.

We need to have collective discussions in Unit 2 town halls and online (via the Unit 2 list and a bargaining website or blog) to hear and learn from one another and to develop bargaining proposals that reflect the diverse interests of all Unit 2 members. We will only maintain broad support from Unit 2 members as long as the broad membership of Unit 2 sees their specific interests reflected in our bargaining proposals and priorities. We need members to understand, appreciate and support the various diverse interests in our unit and the resulting bargaining proposals. We are collectively stronger when we explicitly address our diversity.

Open Bargaining: Transparency and Membership Involvement

We need to build on and improve our CUPE 3903 practice of open bargaining. All Bargaining Team meetings and meetings with the employer are open to all CUPE 3903 members. This isn’t about turning the process into a zoo, this is to ensure that the process is transparent, the Bargaining Team remains accountable to the membership and the employer sees that the membership is involved. To facilitate this, we need to ensure that meetings are advertised widely and that the membership knows which issues will be discussed on a given day.

Obviously, not every member can or will attend bargaining sessions. We need to do a better job of providing bargaining updates to the membership. I’m no tech expert, but as you can see, I can manage to create, manage and update a website. I’d be happy to help ensure that we have a dedicated bargaining website with regular updates. The bargaining team needs to take a proactive role in providing information and updates to members rather than relying on the Communications Officer.

Make no mistake, the Bargaining Team will play a leadership role and will have room to negotiate, but it must remain an open, transparent and membership-driven process. This will be a crucial part of us getting a better collective agreement for all Unit 2 members.

The Campaign Begins…

I’m running for a spot on the CUPE 3903 Unit 2 Bargaining Team. If Unit 2 members choose to elect me to that position, I’d be very happy (and honoured) to take on that work and responsibility.

However, there are a bunch of good candidates running for the two spots on the Unit 2 Bargaining Team.

As well, there are two candidates (both from Unit 2) running for the position of Grievance Officer. The Grievance Officer will also serve on the Bargaining Team.

You can find the list of candidates on the CUPE 3903 website.

Good luck to all the candidates!