Greetings, everyone! I wanted to take a moment to update you on what your union executive have been up to this summer:
We have been busy building up relationships with other CUPE locals on campus (CUPE 116 and 2950), and writing letters of support to back up the BC Teachers’ Federation in their current job action. We will also be sending delegates to the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Conference in August, to meet with other TA unions from across North America.
In preparation for the next round of bargaining, beginning some time in the fall, we are evaluating the results of our membership survey, compiling data from similar collective agreements, and drafting language proposals.
We are re-writing our bylaws! Key changes include rules to encourage more diversity among union executive representation, and moving elections from October to January to avoid conflicts with bargaining. We hope that moving the elections will allow newer TAs to join the executive once they’ve had time to establish themselves at UBC. Once this document is ready, we will present it to the membership for approval. This should happen in the winter or early spring.
Preparing for fall
We are getting the ball rolling on training and orientation sessions with members in each department.
We hope that everyone is having a productive and fun summer! Enjoy the sunshine!
CUPE 2278 President
Hi, and welcome to the new site for CUPE Local 2278! We are currently working to spruce things up and make this site easier to navigate. Ultimately, our hope is to make the most important information and documents readily available, and to keep our members better informed about the activities of the local. We hope you like it!
Welcome back + orientations
In other news, we are happy to welcome both new and returning members to UBC after such a beautiful summer! All TAs (but especially those of you who are new to UBC) are encouraged to keep an eye out for department orientations, to learn all about the benefits our local has to offer.
With our collective agreement expiring on August 31, 2014, we will soon be entering a new round of bargaining. We have the information collected via our online survey, and will use that to inform our proposals when bargaining begins. If you want to get involved in the bargaining effort, we can always use more help, so please e-mail email@example.com!
We will be holding executive elections this fall and could use a great deal of new ideas and energy! If you are interested in running, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or come out to our General Membership meeting on October 2nd to learn more!
September 1st marks Labour Day, and we encourage you to come join other CUPE members in celebrating! For more information, see our Facebook page.
A fond farewell
Finally, I want to take a moment to announce that I will not be seeking re-election this year, and am stepping down to focus on my dissertation and trying to graduate in May. It was a tough decision, but I feel it is one I have to make for myself. I want to thank members of the local for their support and trust over the last 2 years. I have learned so much as your president and am proud to have been able to represent you on campus, in BC, and on the national stage.
President, CUPE 2278
CUPE 2278 has been growing for 35 years since our inception in 1979. Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing support. We look forward to the future!