CUPE 3906 Unit 1 Bargaining Blog
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Get Involved

The University Administration has refused to come to the table to bargain despite the presence of a provincial conciliation officer. We need members of the university community at large to join our committees to prepare in case the university administration forces us into a strike by continuing to refuse to negotiate.

There are numerous ways you can get involved, primarily through 5 key committees that meet once per week currently require maybe an additional hour or two of commitment per week.

Send a message to the university administration:</h3_
http://cupe.ca/action/mcmaster-3906

Independent Undergraduate Support Group

The undergraduate support group is an independent entity founded and run by undergraduate students interested in labour issues. Any interested undergraduates can join, there is no need to be a TA or CUPE 3906 member.
Meeting time: 2:30-4:30pm every Wednesday in KTH 709.
Email Callen to get added to the mailing list.

Strike Support Committee

Join Committee
Meeting time: Thursdays 3:30pm – CUPE Office
Current and Strike responsibilities:
-Coordinate between various committees
-Assume all duties not covered by other committees

Picket Committee

Join Committee
Current responsibilities:
-finding and coordinating picket captains (need 20-25 captains)
-ensure distribution of information to captains

Strike responsibilities:
-ensure distribution of information to captains
-deal with law enforcement when they come
-negotiating car block time etc.
-ensuring safety of lines
-transportation to line and to/from strike office.
-making sure picket signs are made
-organizing flying squads

Supply Logistics Committee

Join Committee
Meeting time: Thursdays 2:00pm – CUPE Office
Current responsibilities:
-acquire supplies in case a strike happens:
e.g. food, coffee water, burn barrels, walkie talkies, shelters, etc.
-clothing donations

Strike responsibilities:
-maintain daily food deliveries
-get food to the lines
-manage all other supplies and logistics requested by committees.

Finance Committee

Join Committee

Current responsibilities:
-Develop policies and procedures for disbursement of funds in event of a strike.
-Ensure benefits are uninterrupted during a strike.
-Develop a strike budget
-Soliciting and managing donations

Strike responsibilities:
-keeping track of forms and pay sheets for strike pay
-ensuring strike pay cheques get cut every week
-contacting banks about delays of mortgages, etc

Media Committee

Join Committee

Meeting time: Tuesdays 10:00am CUPE Office
Current Responsibilities:
-develop media package
-maintaining and updating blog
-write press releases
-compile list of media contacts
-find and train spokespersons

Strike Responsibilities
-produce strike newsletter
-maintaining and updating blog
-maintain contact with student bodies, other unions

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