Myth buster: The corporatization of post-secondary education

As public funding has fallen, universities and colleges have increasingly turned to private funding to fill in the gap. But many donations and corporate contracts come with strings attached and can end up compromising academic freedom, re-directing the priorities of post-secondary institutions away from the public interest, and eroding public faith in the quality of research and teaching. Don’t fall for these common excuses as to why private funding of post-secondary education isn’t a matter Read more [...]

The latest seniority listing has been posted.

Any errors noted need to be corrected in a timely manner as per Article 15.02. The process of generating the seniority list is a combination of computer records and manual calculations. Errors in generation of the list should be expected. Article 15.02 of the Collective Agreement – Seniority List: An up-to-date seniority list shall be sent to the Union and posted on designated bulletin boards by March 1st of each year. Any objection to the accuracy of the information on the posted list shall Read more [...]

Unite Here recognizes CUPE 3799 for assistance and support.

Solidarity looks like CUPE 3799, UNBC Faculty Association and Stand Up for the North celebrating working together towards a new contract for the UNBC Food Workers CUPE 3799 Vice President Dale Laluk accepts a photo and certificate of acknowledgement from Unite Here 40 Harley Augustino for our local's support during their recent negotiations with their employer Chartwells and UNBC to come up with a new contract. Caroline Sewell President of the local was away in Vancouver at meetings concerning Read more [...]

Talks break down at the University of Saskatchewan

Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed the provincial Mediator that bargaining is at a standstill. “During our December bargaining dates, our bargaining committee proposed a clear compromise in the interest of ending this dispute before it escalates. Read more [...]

Nominations/Elections for Bargaining Committee

This is the call out for a special general membership meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 for nominations and elections of the bargaining committee members for this next round of negotiations. Our contract expires on June 30th, 2019 and to date, both the union and the university have discussed starting bargaining on many occasions. We would like to get started as quickly as possible in the new year. The mandate for this round of bargaining has already been set by several BC bargaining Read more [...]

Bargaining Survey for 2019 bargaining

Bargaining is upon us and so it’s time to reach out to the membership and ask you what are your priorities for this round of bargaining. We have been working hand in hand with CUPE National to do up a bargaining survey that will be done online via Survey Monkey. Why have we gone this route? It will be truly anonymous. Unlike the employer’s survey that stated it was anonymous, if you read the terms and conditions of taking part in the survey – which I did – it was not truly anonymous. Read more [...]

National Sectoral Meeting activities

So far at the CUPE National Sector meeting your representatives have taken in two overall plenary sessions and then today spent the majority of the time broken off with post secondary members from across Canada. Discussions were about pensions, bargaining language to seek, precarious work and what to do about it and the changing reality facing faculty and how Universities are using casual faculty. This was all on the first full day. Looking forward to the days to come. Read more [...]

Management cancelled Labour Management Meeting at last minute

For months now we have had a labour management meeting scheduled. Time was booked off from our jobs and at the last moment management cancels, saying they are too busy and need to work on other things. I wish we could report this is the first time they have done this, but it isn't. This shows a total lack of respect and contempt to our membership. It not only violates the intention of having a working relationship but also our collective agreement, where the meeting frequency is spelled out. Next Read more [...]