Committees & Caucuses

CUPE Local 3913 has several working committees and caucuses. All members are welcome to join a committee or a caucus. For more information please contact committee and caucus chairs by emailing them directly. Email addresses for all members of the Executive Committee can be found on our Representatives and Staff page. Note: In order to join a caucus, you must identify as a member of the group that the caucus represents.


Executive Committee

Chair: Scott Duchesne , President

Member: For a complete list, see the list of Executive Committee members.

Mandate: To ensure the smooth, professional, and orderly running of the Local (see the Bylaws for a full description).


Finance Committee

Chair: Scott Duchesne , President

Mandate: To administer the Local’s funds and to perform, supervise, and adjudicate financial transactions on behalf of the Local including but not limited to benefits, insurance, and membership dues.

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Grievance Committee

Chair: Abu Raihan , Chair Grievance Officer

Mandate: To review and file (where appropriate) individual and policy grievances and to make recommendations to the Executive Committee about cases to be put forward for arbitration (see the Bylaws for a full description).


Health & Safety Committee

Chair: Iftekhar Hussain , Health & Safety Officer

Mandate: To discuss the mandate, minutes, and agendas of the Central Joint Health & Safety Committee (CJHSC), to prepare for CJHSC meetings, and to discuss issues and concerns raised by members about the health and safety of their workplace.


Stewards Committee

Chair: Farhan Chowdhury , Unit 1 Steward; Ahmed Mahmood, Unit 2 Steward

Mandate: To organise and guide College Stewards and Departmental Stewards and to maintain a network of stewards (see the Bylaws for a full description).



Bylaws Committee

Chair: Scott Duchesne, President

Mandate: To review and make recommendations for regular revisions of the Bylaws.

Bargaining Committee

Chair: Scott Duchesne, President

Mandate: To research, establish priorities, and strategize for the next round of bargaining with the Employer. Our current Collective Agreement is due to expire on August 31, 2016.

Management Committee (External)

Chair: Scott Duchesne, President

Mandate: To address issues that arise from the interpretation of the Collective Agreement between the Union and the Employer (see the Unit 1 and Unit 2 Collective Agreements for a full description).

Communication Committee

Chair: Muhaiminul Isalm, Vice President Internal & Mohammad Heidari , Vice President External

Mandate: To establish protocols for communicating with members on a regular basis and to coordinate membership on University and community committees and advocate for members (see the Bylaws for a full description).



Chair: Nour Abu Hosan 


International Teaching Assistant Caucus

Chair: : Alessia Ursella 



Chair: Richard  Valliere 


Members with Disabilities Caucus

Chair: Syeda ManjiaTahsien


Graduate Service Assistant-1 Caucus

Chair: Zoha Barzideh


Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Caucus

Chair: Vacant


Representatives & Staff

About Us

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, with 700,000 members across the country. CUPE represents workers in health care, emergency services, education, early learning and child care, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, airlines and more. It has more than 70 offices across the country, in every province.


The basic unit of CUPE is the local. The members of each CUPE local, by majority vote, set the structure and by-laws of the local. The local represents a group of employees and negotiates the Collective Agreement (CA) with the employer, which governs the wages, benefits, and working conditions. Once a collective agreement is established between the union and the employer, the union ensures that it is not violated by management.


CUPE Local 3913 at the University of Guelph encompasses two types of workers which are divided into two units with separate Collective Agreements. Unit 1 is the bargaining unit for all Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Service Assistants employed in work directly related to the academic

enterprise, and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants. Unit 2 is the bargaining unit for all persons employed under contract as Sessional Lecturers to teach in University degree credit courses.


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