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Social Justice Fund Nomination deadline October 28, 2014

CUPE 4163 deducts $1.00 from each member’s pay in the month of November each year.  The money generated from this makes up the foundation of CUPE4163 Social Justice Fund.  The intent of this fund it to help those in need in the global and local community.  Half of the Social Justice Fund is distributed from a vote at the Fall Semi Annual General Meeting and the other half at the Spring AGM.  Members are encouraged to bring forward their nomination for which charity should be the beneficiary of this fund.  A single beneficiary for the Fall will be chosen by vote at the AGM, Friday October 31, 2014.

To nominate a charity, you are restricted to writing two paragraphs about the charity and why you are nominating it.  Nominations received prior to October 28, 2014 will be provided to the AGM for consideration.  You will be allowed a 1 minute speech on your nomination prior to the vote at the AGM.

To nominate your favourite charity email the office:  or

Vote at the SAGM – Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 2PM

Earthquake Awareness

Universites work website revamp

Check out the all-new Universities Work website – the online home of CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee.

CBC Story on Sessionals


Component 3 members, please see the Bargaining News page for an important update!

Comp 3 Bargaining News from the Table

IMG_00001950June 23, 2014 posting on password protected component 3 bargaining news.

Comp 1 Beer Chat

Meet and talk to your colleagues!      Enjoy a warm spring afternoon!

Grad-house Restaurant                       Thursday May 29, 2014

Drop in 4:30 – 6:30                             Take a break! 

beer mug 2014 cupe logo

Article: Non-Tenured Faculty, Poverty & Unions in the U.S.

Mary-Faith Cerasoli has been reduced to “sleeping in her car, showering at college athletic centers and applying for food stamps,” The New York Times recently reported. Is she unemployed? No, in fact, she is a college professor— but an adjunct one, meaning she is hired on a short-term contract with no possibility of tenure.

Check out the rest of this article from the Atlantic:

Day of Mourning


Day of Mourning – To remember those who have lost their lives at work.

10am Monday April 28, 2014

Middleton Plaza, Saanich Municipal Hall

located at the main entrance off Darwin Ave.

A cursory glance at the CUPE4163 Executive meeting

April 23, 2014

Your new executive met Wednesday evening for their first Executive meeting since the elections at the AGM.  Highlights of the meeting:

  • Executive planning meeting will be scheduled in the near future; the executive will determine its priorities for the coming year.
  • Debrief from the AGM-plans for improving future general meetings
  • CUPE BC convention highlights from delegates Greg Melnechuk and David Huxtable
  • Representatives from CUPE2278 (UBC TAs and ESLs) and Teaching Support Staff Union (SFU TAs, ESLs and Sessional Lecturers) will be meeting for a Solidarity Summit – TBA
  • Upcoming Component 1 Beer Chat – venue will have to be changed-TBA
  • Residence Life still hiring for the fall; there will only be 4 CUPE members working over the summer months
  • Residence Life bargaining will begin with Comp 1 & 2 bargaining
  • Component 1 needs bargaining committee members
  • Component 2 bargaining survey completed
  • Component 3 bargaining scheduled to start May 8 and 14
  • Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (10 CUPE locals from 6 research universities in BC) meets May 23, conference call next week to discuss communications campaign
  • Component 1 Poster campaign ready to roll out
  • Donated $50 to 2014 Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Community Workshop Tour
  • Thank you Heidi Darroch for volunteering to represent CUPE4163 on UVics Employment Equity Advisory Committee (EMAG)