Special Membership Meeting – March 18

Please be advised that a Special Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 10 AM – 11 AM. During this meeting, we will be electing our Full-Time & Part-Time (FTPT) bargaining committee, nominating and electing a trustee for a three (3) year term, and nominating and electing members for the bylaw committee. To see the list of candidates for the bargaining committee, please see below under “Bargaining Committee Nominations”. 

Meeting Details:
Date: Saturday, March 18th, 2023
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St), Room 1088 and virtually via Zoom

If you are attending virtually, you must register here

The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 

  1. Roll call of officers
  2. Reading of the equality statement
  3. Elections for FTPT Unit Bargaining Committee
  4. Nominations and Elections for Trustee
  5. Establishment and appointment of a By-Law Committee
  6. Approval of bylaw amendment*
  7. Adjournment
*The proposal is to amend 14(b) of the bylaws to state: 

February 25th General Membership Meeting Summary

We had a productive general membership meeting on February 25th and appreciate everyone who made the time to come out. Below is a summary of the meeting: 

Bargaining Committee Nominations 

During the meeting, we held nominations for the Full-time & Part-time (FTPT) bargaining committee. The next round of bargaining for the FTPT collective agreement will begin later this year as the current agreement expires on June 30th, 2023.

The bargaining committee has seven members total (the President and FTPT Representative are default members), with five positions open to the general membership. Of these five positions, one position each is reserved for UTM and UTSC. A total of eight members were nominated for the five available positions. Of the eight members running, there was one nominee from UTSC and one nominee from UTM. As a result, those two nominees are acclaimed. The remaining three positions will be contested by the remaining six nominees in an election. 

The nominees for the three (3) remaining spots in the Full-Time & Part-Time Bargaining Committee are:

  • Habon (Bonnie) Hassan (FT)
  • Joe Madden (FT)
  • Kevin McDermott (FT)
  • Michael Moniz (FT)
  • Nancy Tomas (FT)
  • Robin Baj (PT)

The following members were acclaimed and will not participate in the election:

  • Chris Tavares (UTSC Representative)
  • Danny Tavares (UTM Representative)

The election will be held at our next Special Membership Meeting on March 18, 2023. Each candidate will be given an opportunity to speak at the meeting prior to voting. 

Member Motion to Add Designated Part-Time Spot in FTPT Bargaining Committee

During the meeting, a proposal was put forward to amend the bylaws to add an additional seat to the Full-Time & Part-Time Bargaining Committee that is exclusively reserved for Part-Time members. The membership agreed to the proposal. The next step involves drafting the new bylaw language and bringing it to the membership for a final vote, which requires two-thirds approval. This will be done at the March 18 Special Meeting. If approved, the amendment must then be approved by the CUPE National President before it comes into effect. In addition, we will have to request approval from the employer as the current collective agreement limits the committee to seven seats. 

Nominations for President 

The following members have been nominated for the position of President of CUPE 3261: 

  • Edwin Viteri
  • Kevin McDermot
  • Luke Daccord
  • Tuan Vuong 

The election for President will be held at our June membership meeting. 

Christmas Party + BBQ Budget (June)

During the meeting, a discussion was held regarding the budget for the annual Christmas Party and summer BBQ. Due to cost concerns, a motion was put forward to defer the approval of the Christmas and BBQ budget to our June general membership meeting. This motion was accepted and the rest of the annual budget was approved. 

Nomination and Election of a Trustee

We still have a vacancy for the position of trustee (3-year term). Nominations and elections will be held at our Special Membership Meeting on March 18th. In accordance with our bylaws, all potential nominees for executive and trustee must have attended at least two membership meetings in the last 12 months. 

Nominations and Elections for Bylaw Committee 

The executive is establishing a new Bylaw Committee. The purpose of this committee is to receive, review and recommend proposed amendments to our existing bylaws. Any changes proposed to the bylaws will be brought to the membership for approval. During our last meeting, we were unable to hold nominations for the committee due to a lack of time. As a result, the item has been deferred to the upcoming Special Membership Meeting on March 18th. 

All members are eligible and we encourage anyone interested in improving the rules and regulations of our union to get involved!