solidarity across unions

Monday, October 27, 2003

CUPE Convention room confirmation 

Brothers and Sisters, The room has now been confirmed. The caucus for post-secondary teaching and research workers will be Tuesday, 7-9pm, in room 206A of the Convention Centre. A demain, Joshua Tabah phone 416 997 3902

Sunday, October 26, 2003

CUPE TA caucus at CUPE Convention 

CUPE TA caucus at CUPE Convention Brothers and Sisters, If you are planning to attend CUPE's National Convention in Quebec City next week, please join us for a TA caucus. I have tried for a couple weeks to get a room at convention booked for this, but it has still not materialized. We are tentatively scheduling the TA caucus meeting for Tuesday evening (October 28), from 7 to 9pm. The location will be announced later- hopefully at the sectoral meeting on Sunday and on this list Monday night. Please bring multiple copies of your collective agreements to this meeting. After some initial stuff, we can break into smaller working groups (tuition and funding, salaries and benefits, grievances and language...) to consider specific clauses. This meeting aims to be both an opportunity to meet each other and a working session on contract language. We can, of course, also talk about anything else that anyone wants. Please don't hesitate to call me anytime if you have any questions- I'll have my mobile with me: 416 997 3902. Please extend this invitation to anyone who might have missed it- all TA and sessionals/part-time faculty unions are welcome. (Confreres et consoeurs. Excuse mon francais imparfait, mais j'assaie d'organizer un reunion au convention national de CUPE/SCFP pour les assistant d'enseignement (teaching assistants). Je pense que le mardi, 28 octobre, de 7pm a 9pm est le meilleur temps. On annonceras les detailles au reunion sectoral le dimanche soir. Si vous avez des question, n'hesiter pas de m'appeler au 416 997 3902. SVP, apportez plusieurs copies de vos conventions collectives pour nos discussions.) Solidarity, Joshua Tabah, External Representative, CUPE 3902 phone: 416 997 3902

Saturday, October 25, 2003

GET-UP gets agreement of dialouge! 

October 25, 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GRADUATE EMPLOYEES PICKET PENN PRESIDENT'S BOOK SIGNING TODAY; RODIN AGREES TO ENGAGE GET-UP IN DIALOGUE A large contingent of GET-UP members and supporters picketed this afternoon, October 25, at a book signing by University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin at the Penn Bookstore. The demonstrators demanded that the Penn administration count the votes cast by Penn's graduate employees in a February 2003 union recognition election and come to the table ready to bargain a fair contract with GET-UP/AFT. President Rodin was scheduled to talk about the value of public discourse in the university, the subject of her book, Public Discourse in America. However, the presence of GET-UP members in the audience apparently led to a sudden change of plans and the question-and-answer session was abruptly cancelled. In response to a GET-UP member who asked why she refuses to talk to the union, President Rodin agreed to engage in dialogue. GET-UP spokesperson Dillon Brown said, ìThis represents a significant departure from President Rodinís long history of refusing to address our concerns. We welcome this surprising development and we intend to request an appointment at her earliest possible convenience.î Participants gathered at 38th Street and Locust Walk at 1 PM and marched to the Penn Bookstore at 36th and Walnut Streets. Organizers distributed hundreds of leaflets to visiting parents of Penn students informing them of Pennís obstruction of the graduate assistantsí right to choose union representation. ìThe turnout and energy on the picket line marks a growing frustration with the administrationís stonewalling of our right to have our ballots counted,î said GET-UP member and History graduate teaching assistant, Katie Paugh. Hundreds of graduate teaching and research assistants voted in the February 2003 election held under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board. Their ballots remain impounded due to an appeal filed by the University. GET-UP website and office: 215-386-2120 Press Release pdf

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Sessionals/Adjuncts at UofT unionize 

Greetings, Sessionals/Adjuncts at UofT unionize Sessional instructors (aka adjuncts) at the University of Toronto voted 82% in favour of unionizing with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3902. Although the Union and the Employer still have issues to resolve regarding the composition of the bargaining unit, the ballots counted on Wednesday morning indicate strong support for the Union. The outstanding issues largely involve the question of whether sessionals teaching more than 1 full-year course qualify as part of the bargaining unit. The University maintains that these individuals have more in common with tenured faculty than they do with sessionals teaching 1 course or less. The Union believes that all academics employed on short-term contracts belong in the same bargaining unit. 204 ballots were cast yesterday. 111 ballots were counted of which 90 voted in favour of the union, 20 voted against and 1 was spoiled. There are approximately 700 sessionals/adjuncts at the University of Toronto. The Sessionals Organizing Committee at the UofT was strongly supported in the certification drive by CUPE 3902 which currently represents more than 4,000 teaching assistants and course instructors at the University of Toronto. Mikael Swayze Staff Representative, CUPE 3902

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

International student literature 

GTAC at the University of Kansas would like to initiate an organizing campaign aimed at international students. We need help. We are trying to put together some organizing literature that addresses international student issues, and is written in their own languages, and features pictures of various international students. If you have any examples of this kind of literature or any other useful information could you mail it or email it to GTAC. Thank you, James Burke Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition 1116 Louisiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Information on UC negotiations with UAW for UC Teaching Assistants 

Information on UC negotiations with UAW for UC Teaching AssistantsOctober 2, 2003 via UC

The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.