CUPE 3913 December Newsletter

Web-posted:December 14, 2018 by President


Hi everyone,

Once again, let me begin by thanking everyone who participated in the Bargaining Survey for Units 1 and 2. We had a record number of responses, and the significance of that data will allow us to effectively prioritize our proposals to the University as we enter a bargaining year. The winners of the ten (10) Tim’s gift cards will be announced before Tuesday, December 18.

Speaking of which, the CUPE 3913 office will be closed from Tuesday December 18, 2018 to January 1, 2019 inclusive. If you contact us during that time, you will receive an automatic ‘out of office’ reply, but we will open again on January 2, and we will respond to your messages ASAP.

The executive and staff of CUPE 3913 wish all of our members a joyful and restful holiday, and we look forward to the Winter Membership Meeting on January 31, 2019.

In Solidarity,

Scott Duchesne

CUPE Local 3913


I am proud to say that our first Social of the 2018 – 2019 for the OVC and OAC was a resounding success. Our Communications Committee did an excellent job of organizing and spreading the word, and many of the Executive Committee were there to talk to members and answer their inquires into the Union.

Keep an eye out for the Social for your department. We look forward to meeting you and answering any and all question you might have about what services we offer, and of the upcoming bargaining session.


Do you know how to report a workplace health and safety incident? If you have experienced a health and safety incident while working as a teaching assistant or sessional lecturer, please report it to the health and safety officer in your department. If you feel your concern has not been resolved at this level, then you can report it to CUPE 3913 and we will work to resolve this issue at a higher level.

CUPE 3913 strives to ensure our member’s workplace environments are safe and healthy. Members of our Executive Committee have received training pertaining to Sexual Violence/Harassment in the workplace, which we hope will allow us to better assist our members who have experienced such incidents.

We have also formed a special working group to address mental health on campus. If you are interested in participating in this working group, please contact either Nabil Alltaifeh (your Health and Safety Officer) at or Scott at

Unit 2 members should be aware that in a recent communication with management concerning an ongoing grievance, it was revealed that the University (our employer) does not consistently count seniority points for members who go on leave. Article 17.07 of the Unit 2 Collective agreement states that:
“An employee exercising their right for leave under this Article shall suffer no loss of seniority.”
The same right and language is found in the Unit 1 CA under Article 17.08.
This is a clear violation of the CA, as it affects our member’s pay. If you have gone on leave and didn’t finish an assignment, we encourage you to verify that you nonetheless received a seniority point for that assignment. If you did not, please contact Manuel, our Labour Relations Officer, at, and please cc the president:

Use your benefits!

If you haven’t logged in to the CUPE Local 3913 website lately, then you aren’t accessing your member benefits. Please note that the new benefits year started on Sept. 15, 2018. If you are a new member, you will be prompted to provide a login and password. Please contact Scott at to get both.

For more information, please visit the Benefits section of our website, log in, look at the Benefits Pool information and assess your eligibility for Unit 1 or Unit 2 benefits before the academic year is up at the end of Summer 2018. We don’t want any of our members to miss out if they’re eligible. For questions about logging in and basic answers to questions about benefits, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.