Committees

Negotiating Committees

These committees prepare collective bargaining proposals and negotiate collective agreements with the respective Employers. For precise mandates, see our Bylaws.

Strike Committees

The Dalhousie Strike Committee is dedicated to ensuring an efficient and effective strike aversion and campaign(s). The committee is composed of four sub-committees with different responsibilities as per its Terms of Reference.

Administration

The Administration sub-committee is dedicated to ensuring that members and each other sub-committee have access to the infrastructure, technical capabilities, communications centres, and medical/emergency support required for a successful strike. In addition, it also creates the necessary policies, procedures, and equipment to ensure the safety and privacy of all members. Contact DalStrikeAdmin@cupe3912.ca for any inquiries or volunteer opportunities.

Communications

The Communications sub-committee works to share information with members, the university community, and the public at large effectively and quickly. This sub-committee is responsible for signs, posters, social media, ads, face-to-face outreach, news, and more. Contact Taylor Johnston for inquiries and volunteer opportunities.

Finance

The Finance sub-committee ensures the strike aversion and campaign(s) are well financed, the release of strike benefits and hardship funds are timely and compassionate, and the distribution and recording of strike pay is prompt and effective. Contact Aiden Farrant for inquiries and volunteer opportunities.

Picketing

The Picketing sub-committee is tasked with planning and coordination if and when we go on strike to ensure safe and effective picket lines. Our main goal is to set up, staff, and organize picket lines. We are looking for leaders who are willing to act as Picket Captains and motivated members who can help further our strike avert planning. If you’d like to volunteer as a picketing captain, fill out this form. To help with picketing in general, reach out to Sarah Martell (she/her).

Legacy Committees

In the past, we had a number of committees on specific issues. Consider reviving any of these committees as a way to contribute to the improvement of your workplace, solidarity among workers, and justice in our society.

To join or restart a committee, please contact office@cupe3912.ca

Anti-Racism and Human Rights Committee

The Anti-Racism and Human Rights Committee addresses the many forms of discrimination that occur within our union, our communities, and the world. By engaging our members, collaborating with community groups, and participating in international solidarity campaigns, this committee targets discrimination based on race, sex, gender, and ability. This committee also fights for the rights of aboriginal peoples, immigrants and refugees, and advocates for real employment equity.

Education and Newsletter Committee

The Education and Newsletter committee, chaired by the Communications Officer, is responsible for conducting research and preparing communications with our membership. The committee also assists the Communications Officer in the production of two newsletters per academic year and engages in public relations by issuing press releases and reporting on issues of concern to our members in both on and off-campus media. Finally, the committee is responsible for arranging representation of our union local at appropriate public events.

Environmental Action Committee

The Environmental Action Committee addresses matters of environmental sustainability in the workplace by engaging in public education campaigns and by developing environmental provisions to be included in our Collective Agreements.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee seeks to improve the protection of our members against occupational diseases, illness, and injury. Our members face a wide range of on-the-job health and safety hazards. This committee conducts research, educates and communicates with members about current and emerging health and safety hazards, and develops provisions relating to health and safety to be included in our Collective Agreements.

Political Action Committee

The Political Action Committee takes an active role in the various campaigns in which our union is engaged. This committee also engages in lobbying various levels of government in the interest of our members and acts as a political voice for our members on campus, across the province, and in Ottawa.

Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee is a place for women to share experiences and learn from one another, strategize and organize around issues, educate themselves and the membership about issues affecting women, and provide support for one another. A Women’s Committee ensures a voice and a place for women in our union and our labour movement.

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