Annual General Meeting Election Results

During the April 7th Annual General Meeting, the members of CUPE 4600 held elections for 25 positions, including all Executive Board positions. Below you will find the complete list of those elected. Their term of office runs from May 1st, 2016 until April 31st, 2017.

Congratulations to all those who were nominated and took part in the electoral process.

CUPE 4600 is a member-run union; if you would like to get involved in your Local, contact info@cupe4600.ca.

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Annual General Meeting 2016: Election Information

Each year at the local’s Annual General Meeting, CUPE 4600 elects it’s Executive Board, Trustees, and a variety of delegates. This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday, April 7th, at 1:00pm, in room 2017 Dunton Tower.

Potential candidates must be current members of CUPE 4600, either Unit 1 or Unit 2. Any potential candidates nominated for election, either by themselves or by another member, must be present at the AGM or have submitted written acceptance of their nomination to the CUPE 4600 Executive prior to the election.

Below you will find information on the positions open for election, followed by CUPE 4600’s electoral rules and regulations.

For more information about the election, contact info@cupe4600.ca.

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Job Posting: Survey Analyst for 2015-2016 CUPE 4600 Bargaining Surveys

4600-logoCUPE 4600 is hiring a Survey Analyst to assist the local in collecting and analyzing data to be used in the upcoming round of contract negotiations.

Terms of Contract

The purpose of this contract is to develop and conduct two surveys of CUPE 4600 members, one for each unit, before we begin the bargaining process. The analyst and CUPE 4600 executives will determine what form the surveys should take, how they will be conducted, whether any of the data can statistically analyzed and how the analysis will be presented. The analyst will also be responsible for constructing the surveys and entering the data.

The contract will begin in November 2015, the survey will be issued in December 2015, and the final report will be due on March 1, 2016. The payment will be $2,000 and the contract will consist of approximately 100 hours of work.

Outline of Duties:

We are not looking for descriptive reports of all data but will focus on asking specific questions.

Support will be available from CUPE National for the construction and hosting of the survey.

While the data will have a quantitative form, it is understood that a statistical analysis of all the data is not appropriate and some knowledge of qualitative analysis is also important. CUPE 4600 will need a copy of the raw data as well as two finished reports: one for each unit. The analysis may also include some comparison between these reports and with previous survey reports, to look for differences over time.

Qualifications:

Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative survey analysis and use of appropriate survey software.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2015.

Send your application, with cover letter and CV, to:

CUPE 4600
511A Unicentre, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
(613) 520-7482 phone (613) 520-4378 fax
E-mail: stuart_ryan@carleton.ca
http://4600.cupe.ca

We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our Union including but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

A Call to Open the Carleton Board of Governors

democratize-carleton-630x210The Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of Carleton University. Unfortunately, it is increasingly out of touch with those who study and work here and is adopting an increasingly adversarial stance towards the university community.

We the undersigned, are a coalition of unions and student associations on campus. Our members are the Carleton community. As the Board undertakes a review of its Bylaws, we see an opportunity to change the Board to make it more democratic, not less.

We deserve a Board of Governors that:

  • is accountable to the university community. The Board is responsible for advancing the university as an institution of higher learning, and it cannot do so if it remains disconnected from those of us in the Carleton community who embody its mission. The decisions of the Board should be made by us, not for us. Towards this end, Carleton’s students and employees should democratically nominate and elect any external or “community” members to the Board, so that they reflect our values and priorities, without over-representing people from business, financial, legal and political backgrounds;
  • reflects the internal diversity of the university community. The Board should be composed of the diverse constituencies on campus, including faculty, contract instructors, staff, and students. These constituencies should have the right to elect their own representatives freely, and their representatives should not face the threat of being arbitrarily removed from the Board;
  • is open and responsive to the university community. The Board does not operate democratically when it engages in excessive secrecy, and makes meetings inaccessible and/or closed to the public. Instead, the Board should strive to be as open to the community as possible. The Board should also demonstrate that meaningful consultation, informed debate, and freedom of expression are central to Carleton’s civic purpose.

The Board of Governors does not currently meet these standards, but we believe that a better Board is possible. We seek reform of the democratic procedures of the university to reflect and uphold these principles, so that the Carleton community may finally get the Board that it deserves.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Peter Gose Peter.Gose@carleton.ca CUASA
Pam Griffin-Hody Pam.GriffinHody@carleton.ca CUPE 2424
Courtney Lockhart prescupe4600@gmail.com CUPE 4600
Jennifer Harrington jenn.harrington@icloud.com OPSEU 404
Michael Bueckert pres@gsacarleton.ca CUGSA – CFS Local 78

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New & Returning Teaching Assistants: Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year!

Grad Orientation TablingCUPE 4600 Teaching Assistant Newsletter
September 2015

Hello to all new and returning Teaching Assistants! Below you’ll find some information on upcoming events relevant to Teaching Assistants, including ways you can get involved in your union local.

If you are a new union member, take a look at the information below and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions regarding your benefits, how the union works, or what you can do to help.

And remember: Carleton University Works Because We Do!

Contents

  1. Welcome to Your Union, CUPE 4600
  2. Where to find us on Grad Orientation Day
  3. Teaching Assistant Benefits
  4. Get Involved in Bargaining
  5. Become Your Department’s Union Steward
  6. Join one of CUPE 4600’s Committees or Caucuses
  7. Upcoming Events
  8. Contact Us

1. To our new members: Welcome to your Union, CUPE 4600!

Local 4600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4600), represents all Teaching Assistants, internally-funded Research Assistants, and Contract Instructors at Carleton University. Your union is the largest on campus, with nearly 3000 members, and it’s run by people just like you.

Your union was founded in 1979, as CUPE 2323, in response to widespread workplace inequality across campus. TA’s received different rates of pay for the same work, had no guarantee of reappointment in successive terms, had no job security, could be fired with little to no warning, and no access to benefits of any kind. Since that time, your union has negotiated over 15 Collective Agreements with Carleton University, and steadily improved the wages, job security, and benefits for all TAs and Contract Instructors.

Today, CUPE 4600 represents nearly 2000 Teaching Assistants, as well as more than 800 Contract Instructors. The Executive Board, Union Stewards, and Caucus Chairs are elected each year from among the membership.

It’s your union, so get involved! Check out the below information and contact us if you have any questions or would like to take an active role CUPE 4600.

2. Where to Find Us on Grad Orientation Day

If you’re a new Teaching Assistant attending this year’s Grad Orientation Day on Monday, August 31st, keep an eye out for your union. We can be found at the following locations throughout the day:

  • FREE BBQ: 11:30pm-2:30pm, in the Amphitheatre outside Southam Hall
  • CUPE 4600 info table inside Southam Hall
  • Beverage Tent Social: 3:00pm-6:30pm, in the Amphitheatre outside Southam Hall
  • CUPE 4600 Drop-In Room: 1:00pm-2:00pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm, 306 Southam

3. Teaching Assistant Benefits

Teaching Assistants can access several benefits as members of CUPE 4600, including the Employee Assistance Fund for Dental, Vision, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, or Childcare costs and the UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) for international students. Click here for more details.

4. Get Involved in Bargaining

Your union is getting ready to enter into another round of contract negotiations with Carleton University. These negotiations could affect your wages, benefits, and working conditions. Bargaining is a democratic and open process, and all union members are encouraged to get involved. If you’d like more information about how you can support the bargaining process, contact Miles at unit1vp@gmail.com.

5. Become Your Department’s Union Steward

Stewards are an important part of CUPE 4600, and the union’s frontline presence in the workplace. Stewards attend union meetings, help workers solve workplace issues and ensure they receive fair treatment by the employer. You don’t have to have any experience, just a willingness to communicate with both members in your department and the union’s Executive. For more information, contact ta.chief.steward@gmail.com.

6. Join one of CUPE 4600’s Committees & Caucuses

A great way to get invoved in your union is to become a member of one of the many committees or caucuses, all of which play a vital role in advocating for the interests of Teaching Assistants in the workplace and the wider community. Some of the committees include the Womens Caucus, International Members Caucus, the Health & Safety Committee, and the Bargaining Research Committee. For more information and for a full list of ways to get involved in your union local, contact Dan at cupe4600mobilize@gmail.com.

7. Upcoming Events

Your union has a number of events coming up in September. You’ll find some details below, but don’t forget to visit the CUPE 4600 Events Page to stay updated.

  • Union Power Pancake Breakfast: 9:00am-10:30am, Wednesday, September 16th, 2017 Dunton Tower, FREE
  • Solidarity Social: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2017 Dunton Tower, FREE
  • General Membership Meeting: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, September 30th, 2017 Dunton Tower, FREEE dinner at 5:30pm

8. Contact Us

Our office is located in Room 511A Unicentre and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Please note we are currently undergoing some renovations, so please excuse the mess.

You can also reach CUPE 4600 via the methods below:

Website: 4600.cupe.ca
Email: CUPE4600@carleton.ca
Phone: 613 520 7482
Twitter: @CUPE4600
Facebook: CUPE 4600