June 18th GMM: Returning to In-Person!

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, June 18th we will be holding our General Membership Meeting in-person for the first time in over two years! While virtual meetings certainly had some advantages, we know that many members have been eager to return to face-to-face meetings where having discussions and connecting with co-workers can happen much more easily (and over coffee & donuts!).

The agenda for this GMM includes nominations for the positions of both President and Recording Secretary. Also included are reports on finances, bargaining, contracting out, and more. Read on below for the full agenda.


General Membership Meeting
When: June 18th, 2022 from 10AM-12PM
Where: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 2H3 link

The William Doo Auditorium is part of New College and located directly adjacent to the Faculty Club. Street parking is available in the surrounding area, and it is also located steps away from the Spadina streetcar line.


The agenda for this GMM is as follows:

  • Nominations for President and Recording Secretary*
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Bargaining Committee Report (FTPT Unit)
  • H&S Report
  • Report on the Campaign to End Contracting Out
  • Grievance Report
  • Question Period

* If you are considering seeking a nomination, we recommend reviewing Section 8 of the CUPE 3261 Bylaws “Nomination, Election, and Installation of Officers” for information on the nomination procedure and eligibility. If you have any questions we encourage you to get in touch via the information at the bottom of this email.

Join us for the May Day Rally

Are you free this upcoming Sunday (May 1st)? If so, then come join thousands of workers, union members and activists in Downtown Toronto for the 2022 May Day Rally!

What is May Day?

May 1, or May Day, is the traditional workers’ holiday, a day that working people celebrate the gains they have won over the years and commit to fighting for a better future for everyone. 

It’s time for a $20 minimum wage, decent work, affordable housing, paid sick days, well-funded public services, livable income support for all, climate justice, status for all, and an end to racism and oppression. Join us!

Come meet your executive and other union leaders and activists from across Toronto!

When and Where?

The event is Sunday, May 1st and will take place from 11 AM to 4 PM. 

  • We are first meeting up with other unions and organizations at Grange Park (Beverley & McCaul) at around 11:00 AM.
  • We will then be walking to Nathan Philips Square for a rally at 12 PM.
  • We will then march over to Queen’s Park (South Lawn)  for the main rally, which is taking place from 2 PM to 4 PM. 

Feel free to join anytime!

Majority Petition and Bargaining Update

We are excited to share that earlier this month, a group of CUPE 3261 FTPT Unit leaders and other campus allies delivered to the University of Toronto a petition demanding an end to the contracting out of cleaning services to for-profit companies. The petition was signed by a total of 440 FTPT members from all three campuses! This is a historic level of involvement for our Local and sends a strong message to the University. 

Click here to see more pictures of the petition, as well as a video of it being delivered to Simcoe Hall.

We hope that every FTPT member had an opportunity to sign this petition. If you or your coworkers did not, please let us know by responding to this email with details of your work location so that we can make sure you don’t miss any future actions or communications going forward.

In other news, your Negotiating Committee also recently had a second meeting with the University. See Bargaining Bulletin #2 below for an important update on our bargaining timeline, and for more details about our majority petition.

If you missed our first Bargaining Bulletin which circulated in March, you can also find it by clicking here.

 

Download (PDF, 837KB)

 

UPP Survey

Hello FTPT and 89 Chestnut Unit members,

The University Pension Plan (UPP) is currently holding a survey for it’s members to weigh in on how they think the fund’s money should be invested.

The survey is completely anonymous and only takes 6 minutes to complete — we encourage everyone who contributes to the pension plan to use this opportunity to voice their priorities and perspectives on this topic of responsible investment.

You can click here to launch the survey.

General Membership Meeting: February 12, 2022

Our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) will take place virtually on Saturday, February 12th from 10AM to 12PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom and you can join by clicking hereMore details on joining are below.

Topics will include an update on bargaining and the impact of Bill 124, as well as the Treasurer’s report, the approval of expenditures, and much more! You can find the complete agenda at the bottom of this email.

We would like to encourage any and all members who can, to attend this GMM in order to participate in and stay up to date on the issues that affect you and your coworkers.

GMM Agenda:

1. Roll call of officers
2. Reading of the Equality Statement
3. Reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting
4. Matters Arising
5. Treasurer’s report and approving expenditures
6. Executive Board Report (Bargaining and Bill 124)
7. Unfinished Business
8. New Business
9. Adjournment

How to join the meeting from a computer or smartphone:
With Zoom installed on your computer or smartphone you can click this link to join the meeting on Saturday:

Alternatively, you can also join from Zoom using the Meeting ID and Passcode:

  • Meeting ID: 816 8498 4170
  • Passcode: CUPE326

How to join the meeting from a landline or phone without using Zoom:

  • Dial 647 558 0588

Enter the following information when prompted:

  • Meeting ID: 816 8498 4170
  • User ID: (skip this by pressing #)
  • Passcode: 44985967

Article: Essential service workers fight privatization and COVID-19 on leading university campuses

Universities have a long history of providing quality jobs to workers, with higher wages, benefits and pension plans, and a decent work-life balance.

“U of T has been cutting good caretaking jobs and contracting out their work to for-profit cleaning companies which pay roughly 30 per cent less in wages and benefits. They claim that they are performing COVID-related cleaning work in over 20 buildings now, but in reality, they are replacing jobs that are being cut indefinitely for penny-pinching savings. What is even worse, private industry is exploiting workers – and particularly racialized workers, who are over-represented in lower-paid and precarious positions. It’s unacceptable that our university supports that, while it says it cares about equity and social justice.”

Allan James, President CUPE 3261

https://cupe.ca/essential-service-workers-fight-privatization-and-covid-19-leading-university-campuses