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: Muhammad Awais , 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: Ahmed Mahmood, 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.
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, 2023.
Chair: Safia Mahabub Sauty
Mandate: to engage and represent members who identify with a traditionally marginalized or oppressed constituency or an underrepresented member group.
People of Colour Caucus
Representatives & Staff
President, Scott Duchesne
Vice-President Internal, Chris Hempel
Vice-President External, Alexis Fabricius
Unit 1 Steward, Farhan Chowdhury
Unit 2 Steward,
Finance Officer, Omid Norouzisafsari
Grievance Officer, Muhammad Awais
Equity Officer, Safia Mahabub Sauty
Health and Safety Officer, Ahmed Mahmood
Past Executive Officer, Iftekhar Hussain Chowdhury
Member Representative, Parirokh Afzali
Member Representative, Olatunbosun Ayetan
Member Representative, Shahrear Kawsa Towhid
Member Representative, Fani Goltsios
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.