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Ok, now my small bag of lost and found has become… well, a larger bag of lost and found, including about three pairs of gloves, four umbrellas, three travel mugs (some really nice!) a fleece and a pair of sunglasses. I will bring it to the gate with me whenever I am on, which this week is 9-5 Tuesday and Thursday - look for the blue bag and help yourself if you have lost something.

Lost and Found by Katie OKatie O, 17 Nov 2008 23:35
emilyvenomemilyvenom 16 Nov 2008 06:17
in discussion Meetings / Saturday November 15 » GMM

That is reassuring. :)

Re: GMM by emilyvenomemilyvenom, 16 Nov 2008 06:17
GavatronGavatron 16 Nov 2008 00:48
in discussion Meetings / Saturday November 15 » GMM

Just want to let you know that the election was for two short-term (1 month) replacements for two bargaining team members who will be leaving the country — not a putsch of the current bargaining team.

Re: GMM by GavatronGavatron, 16 Nov 2008 00:48
emilyvenomemilyvenom 15 Nov 2008 00:51
in discussion Meetings / Saturday November 15 » GMM

I'm sure you all know by now that negotiations btw CUPE and the university have broken down once more b/c the former will basically only offer binding arbitration…. There is some talk that the union exec. is mad that some concessions on our demands are being considered by the bargaining team, and "BT Elections" are not only an item on the agenda for the GMM, but they have now been made the first agenda item!

I don't know where all of you stand on the strike in terms of what you think we should get out of it, but I know several of you share my more moderate position that we should prioritise some demands, and be willing to let go of others to get back to work asap. The exec's note of "BT Elections" on the agenda may indicate that they are planning on getting rid of the current bargaining team, and replacing them with a more strike-happy team. In light of that, it is super important that as many people as possible go to the GMM and show support for giving SOME concessions. Please attend if you can to make your voice heard!


Emily (FES)

GMM by emilyvenomemilyvenom, 15 Nov 2008 00:51

Hi all,

I've been speaking with a few of you in regards to the kind of message we need to be getting out — I've said again and again that mainstream media has focused way too much on our wage demands and consequently, we look "greedy". These are the kind of absolutes that get cast and our position gets homogenized—there are way more shades of grey, but I digress.

It's my position that we need to personalize the message—to tell the world how a particular issue is effecting / affecting us as individuals. This way, we also become more than just "the union"; we're real, living breathing people. Case in point, here is a posting from an undergrad that simply states that we're beginning to loose them: Here's where the author echoes my point:

I want to hear a TA speak about his or her inability to make ends meet, a contract faculty professor who has no job securityfrom year to year, a union member laid off without any severance pay. Most importantly, I want the union to acknowledge the inconvenience it’s caused students. I want the undergraduate voice to be supported by CUPE 3903, before I lend them my support by appearing in a rally.

I've decided to start a blog to address this concern: And I need your help in submitting a first-person profile about how the strike issues are important to you.

Added a sidebar link to the page.

Re: Pay Details by GavatronGavatron, 13 Nov 2008 15:30

A few strike pay questions answered (from the FAQ sent out by HQ yesterday). More FAQs on strike pay on the Strike Pay page I just created (under list all pages). Note that now they are going to bring the cheques around to the gates on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Q. How often do we get paid?
A. The strike pay week is from Monday to Friday. Pay for picketing in a given week will be ready for pick-up on the following Friday.

Q. How do I get my cheques?
A. Cheques will be delivered to your picket line on the following Friday of your pay week at each shift. Cheques left over will be delivered on the Monday and Tuesday following that Friday. After that, cheques will be available at the strike head quarters.
For those who are on alternate duties, cheques can be picked up at the strike head quarters located just east of the York campus at: 635 Petrolia Rd, Toronto On, M3J 2X8

Q. What if I can’t come to the office to pick up my cheque?
A. Under serious circumstances where members will not be able to pick up cheque(s) in person we will mail them out. Please email your address/contact details to: moc.liamg|3093yapekirtS#moc.liamg|3093yapekirtS

Pay Details by Katie OKatie O, 13 Nov 2008 05:06

If anyone else has lost anything - I currently have a bag of stuff (a few pairs of gloves, a scarf, two travel mugs, a black fleece) that was left at the gate last night and tonight. I'll bring it tomorrow to the 3-7 shift and leave it with someone for Friday.

Re: FOUND SUNGLASSES by Katie OKatie O, 13 Nov 2008 04:57

Hey all,
Tuesday morning i found a pair of sunglasses that were dropped on the road just south of NWgate. It was sort of far from our lines, but i picked them up, because i felt like they might belong to our group. Let me know if you are missing yours!

FOUND SUNGLASSES by kaepekaepe, 13 Nov 2008 02:18

Hi all,

I like this idea of a meeting - thanks Gavan for getting this started.

I will be at a wedding all day Sat. however, so won't be able to make it.

Michelle S

Nov 15 meeting by MichelleKMichelleK, 12 Nov 2008 18:14

When I saw their website address, I wondered just what "no thostage" meant. I have just walked around in a circle for eight hours.

Re: The Undergrads are Angry by GavatronGavatron, 11 Nov 2008 21:01

Cool - I have some songs I downloaded that seemed strikeish. I also have my brother's portable power source/car battery, so we can plug things into it. Do your speakers have a plug in option? I will also bring my computer speakers tomorrow in case they don't.

Re: batteries for speakers by Katie OKatie O, 11 Nov 2008 05:50
The Undergrads are Angry by navalangnavalang, 11 Nov 2008 00:54

Don't take the 60C. Do take the 60D. That's the extent of my knowledge. The C would usually pull up next to the student centre, so now it turns back at Keele. The D will stop right opposite Northwest Gate.

Re: Steeles Bus by navalangnavalang, 11 Nov 2008 00:53

Hey folks,
I bought portable speakers today, so we will have music in Jumping Pit 1 (aka: the northwest gate).
they work for ipods, and i am assuming other mp3 players, so bring yours to share music and podcasts etc.
What i haven't yet got however are rechargeable batteries. It takes 4 AAA so if you have some, please bring those along too!

batteries for speakers by kaepekaepe, 10 Nov 2008 22:34

Does anyone know definitively what Steeles Bus to take / not take to get to the NW gate from Finch station?

Steeles Bus by GavatronGavatron, 10 Nov 2008 21:11
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