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.
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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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: TTo 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.
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: Edith Wilson, 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).
Chair: Kelsey Allen, Vice President Internal & Ella Harvey, 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).
Representatives & Staff
President, Scott Duchesne
Vice-President Internal, Mohammad Muhaiminul Islam
Vice-President External, Mohammad Heidari
Unit 1 Steward, Farhan Chowdhury
Unit 2 Steward, Ahmed Mahmood
Finance Officer, Soroush Ebadi
Grievance Officer, Abu Raihan
Equity Officer, Yesha Patel
Health and Safety Officer, Iftekhar Hussain
Past Executive Officer, Brittany Andor
Member Representative, Trishan Deb Abhi
Member Representative, Kevin Roberts
Member Representative, Muhammad Saiful Islam
Member Representative, Mahmood Ghazizadel
University of Guelph Humber-Vacant
College of Business and Economics (CBE), Lena Jingen Liang
College of Biological Science (CBS), Chris Hempel
College of Arts (COA), Kyle Novak
College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES), Mohammadhossein Hajiyan
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS), Omorowa Eguakun
Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), Nastaran Chalabisnlou
Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)-Vacant
Graduate Service Assistant (GSA-1) Caucus Chair, Zoha Barzideh
International Teaching Assistant Caucus Chair, Alessia Ursella
Members with Disabilities Caucus Chair, Syeda Tahsien
Queer Caucus Chair, Richard Valliere
Women’s Caucus Chair, Nour Abu Husan
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Caucus Chair-Vacant
Elections Officer, (Vacant)
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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.