CUPE 3261 Christmas Parties!

CUPE 3261 is hosting five (five!) Christmas parties for members this holiday season. This includes four dinner parties held at restaurants across the GTA, as well as our largest party held at the 89 Chestnut Ballroom on St. George campus. All CUPE 3261 members —  full-time, part-time, casual, and contract — across all 3 campuses and all 7 units are invited! (And yes it’s all free).

Members can each bring one guest, and are welcome to attend whichever party they wish (but only one!). You are not limited to the party advertised for your campus or unit. We especially encourage those who work outside of Toronto to join us at the St. George party on December 14th, which features a buffet dinner, cash bar, live DJ, dancing, and raffle prizes!

See below for details, and don’t forget to RSVP before the deadline for whichever party you choose. As with previous years, reserving your spot at the St. George party will also require submitting a cheque deposit which is returned to you upon arrival at the party (find the St. George RSVP form here).

UofT Press  FULL 
Shitake Sushi (4401 Highway 7 West, Woodbridge, ON L4L 9A9)
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm 
RSVP to Fernando Ogorek at 647-993-1071 (text or call) by November 13th.

Scarborough Campus
Franki Tomatto (7225 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R1A3)
Saturday, November 30th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
RSVP to Allan at by November 22nd.

Mississauga Campus
Tucker’s Marketplace (15 Carlson Ct, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6A2)
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
RSVP to Allan at by November 29th.

St. George Campus
Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1)
Saturday, December 14th, 2019 @ 7:00pm – 12:00am
RSVP forms are being distributed to workplaces, emailed, and are available online here. As with previous years, to prevent losses from non-attendance there is a $50 cheque deposit required (per person) that will be returned at the party. Completed forms with cheques may be given to a shop steward, mailed to the union office, or delivered to the office in person. Deadline to return forms is December 6th.

Faculty Club & 89 Chestnut
Dragon Pearl (865 York Mills Rd, Unit 2, North York ON M3B 1Y6)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 7:30pm – 10:30pm
RSVP to Tuan Vuong at by December 6th.
(Please note: We won’t be able to be seated before 7:30PM)

Join us at our October General Membership Meeting!

In two weeks time, on Saturday October 26th, our Local will be hosting one of it’s regular General Membership Meetings. These meetings occur only three times a year, and we encourage members across all campuses and all units to attend. They provide a great opportunity to hear about what’s new in our Union, discuss and vote on issues affecting members, and raise questions or concerns.

The meeting will take place on the St. George Campus on Saturday, October 26th from 10AM to 12PM at the Bahen Centre,* Room #1200 (40 St. George Street, Toronto).

* Note the change from our usual location at the Sanford Fleming Building. The Bahen Centre is located just once block to the west.

The agenda for this meeting will include:

  • Coffee and donuts!
  • Nominations for 2020 Bargaining Committee Positions: Full-time/Part-time worker from the St. George campus
  • Information on Christmas parties 
  • A report on the Union’s finances by our Secretary-Treasurer
We we hope to see you there, and stay tuned for details coming soon about our many campus Christmas parties taking place in November and December.

CUPE 3261 Mourns Recent Death on Campus

The executive committee was saddened to hear of yet another student death on campus yesterday — unfortunately the third death at the Bahen Centre over the past two years.

Our thoughts are with this student’s friends and family, and all those impacted by this tragedy. CUPE 3261 stands in solidarity with students calling for increased mental health support on campus. Our thoughts are also with the workers who were on the scene: first responders and caretakers. Your valuable work does not go unnoticed.

If you or someone you know is in distress, you can call:

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566
  • Good 2 Talk Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454
  • Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600
  • Gerstein Centre Crisis Line at 416-929-5200
  • U of T Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030

We also would like to remind our members that many of our bargaining units, including the Full Time and Part Time unit, have access to the  Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) through their UofT benefits. The EFAP offers free confidential short-term counselling to employees and their dependants for personal, family, and work-related problems. Click here for more information.

Labor Day Events!


Dear Members,

On Monday, September 2 CUPE Ontario members will take part in Labour Day events in communities across the province.

Toronto Locals marching with CUPE Ontario should meet at 9am sharp in Section 6—the West side of University North from Armoury St to Dundas St.W (where we have been in past years). 

We will be marching down University to Queen St. West and then along Queen to Dufferin where we will then march to the CNE.

Labour Day has its roots in our movement’s fight for an eight-hour work day and celebrates the many gains unions have struggled for on behalf of all workers, including health and safety regulations, parental leave, better wages, pay equity laws, and same-sex spousal benefits.