Check out this form on 15andfairness.org to email your local MPP about keeping the January 1st $15 minimum wage increase, in addition things like equal pay for equal work legislation. These gains for labour won’t last if Doug Ford and the big business lobbyists have their way!
CUPE’s new campaign addresses increasing precarity for post-secondary workers, decreases in government funding, skyrocketing tuition fees, and more. Check out cupe.ca/our-time-act for the details and on what you can do to get involved!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the St. George BBQ on Friday! We hope you enjoyed the delicious buffet prepared by our own members at the Faculty Cub, and we also hope you’ve kept your raffle tickets…
The three $100 gift card winners are tickets #5259985, #5259968, and #5260058.
If you have one of these tickets, please get in touch with Allan James in order to arrange a time for you to come by the union office to claim your prize. Don’t forget to bring your ticket!
And finally, our final BBQ of the year! All St. George members are invited to come out for free food and drinks on Friday, September 14th. The event will be taking place at the Faculty Club between 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm.
Hope to see you there!
Our next BBQ will be at the UTSC campus on August 24th from 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm at the H-Wing Patio. All workers at UTSC are welcome!
Come out for good food, drinks and fun!
As you read this, CUPE 3903 — teaching and graduate assistants at York University — are still on strike, making their strike the longest post-secondary strike in Canadian history.
Earlier this week, the new Conservative government released its “Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting” and the first item on the list is taking away rights from education workers at York University by tabling back-to-work legislation.
CUPE 3903 is holding Days of Action at Queen’s Park this upcoming Tuesday & Wednesday and invites support and solidarity. We urge any members who are able to join the picket lines at Queen’s Park to support our brothers and sisters.
When: Tuesday, July 17 & Wednesday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Queen’s Park
Show your solidarity with these workers, and fight for workers’ rights in Ontario!
Spoilers: No, they don’t!
It turns out that those making less than $30,000/year who would be benefiting from Ford’s proposed income tax cut pay on average only $485 in taxes a year, while the difference between a $14 and $15 wage equates to almost $2,000/year in extra income.
And thats not the only reason why Ford’s tax plan – and his promise to freeze the minimum wage at $14 – doesn’t make sense. Check out this short post from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ blog Behind the Numbers for all the details – and don’t stop fighting for $15!
General Membership Meeting
This is a reminder that the next General Membership Meeting is coming up very soon! On Saturday, June 23rd from 10AM to 12PM we will be meeting in room 1001 of the Sanford Fleming Building (10 Kings College Road), onSt. George campus. During this meeting, we will be holding nominations for the position of President and Recording Secretary, as well as proposing new amendments to our bylaws, and providing an update on new developments and outstanding issues within our Local.
Supporting Nick Cowan
In addition, we would also like to share with you a fundraising page for Nick Cowan, a fellow CUPE 3261 member from UofT Scarbrough who has been battling pancreatic cancer for 1.5+ years. With limited treatment options remaining in Canada, Nick and his wife Elyse are now beginning to explore options in the United States. Please consider helping to support them in order to reduce the cost of medical and travel expenses, as well as alleviate external stressors for them during this time.
A motion will also be put forward at the membership meeting next week for the Local to donate $1000 to the Cowans.
Doug Ford may have a majority of seats at Queen’s Park, but he doesn’t represent the majority of Ontarians. Despite a higher voter turnout (58%), more than 40% of eligible voters did not vote. And of those who did, 60% did not vote for Doug Ford and his plan to scrap the $15 minimum wage. On June 16, let’s show Doug Ford that we will not allow our new labour laws to be rolled back and that we will keeping fighting to improve on what we’ve won.
Join the Rally for Decent Work on June 16, sign up now.
For a list of actions and events across Ontario, click here.
For the Fight for $15 and Fairness Team