CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

How to live a less toxic home life

The Guide to Less Toxic Products

Everyday, most North Americans use beauty and cleaning products which contain hazardous ingredients. How can you find the products which are least toxic, among the thousands of products on store shelves?

Added information:
  • With the introduction of WHMIS to our workplaces the toxic levels dramatically changed. Now we find that the household products are more toxic than the commercial/institutional/industrial products to do the same task.
  • Do not use vinegar or lemon juice to clean a mirror as it will tarnish starting from any edge, but it may start anywhere. Vinegar or lemon juice is ok for glass.

Research on Consequences of Work Injury

Ontario has a long history of injured worker activism.

In recent years, injured workers and their representatives have become more involved in research about the situation of injured workers. A number of researchers and community partners support the struggles of injured workers and are interested in their experiences.

A new federal research grant will help injured workers, their representatives and interested researchers better understand the consequences of work injury and how legislation, policies, programs and practices can best support injured workers.

This research initiative dates back to December 2003, when the Bancroft Institute for Studies on Workers’ Compensation brought together individuals interested in the experiences of injured workers to discuss research opportunities. The group decided to apply for funding through a research program called the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA).

The group developed a proposal and applied for the five-year research funding offered by CURA. After a two-stage review process the group received news in March 2006 that it was one of 12 proposals chosen for funding.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Summer Intern Jobs at the CLC

The Canadian Labour Congress has a summer intern vacancy in its
International Department.

To help organize an international conference on Labour and AIDS.
For information about the event, please see

The successful candidate will work with and report to the National
Representative responsible for the Labour Forum on AIDS, in the
International Department.

If you are committed to social justice, if you are organized and effective,
and if you are a student looking for summer employment, this job may be for

We are looking for someone who:

* is practical and efficient;
* has experience in event organizing or issue-based campaign work;
* deals helpfully with people by phone, e-mail and in person;
* shows initiative and takes instruction, as the situation requires;
* manages multiple tasks, works well under pressure, meets deadlines and
works cooperatively with unions and staff;
* is familiar with issues related to the labour movement, international
development and/or HIV/AIDS;
* is able to integrate a feminist, internationalist and anti-racist
working class perspective in the work;
* is able to travel to Toronto Aug 10th - 14th (approximately), to attend
the Conference;

Ability to communicate well in English (spoken and written, including for
the website) is required. Capacity in French and/or Spanish is a huge

The sucessful candidate will be available to work from the CLC Headquarters
office building, based in Ottawa, for 8 weeks (from June 26th - Aug 18th,

Responsibilities and Duties

The successful candidate will be under the responsibility of the
International Director and work in cooperation with other staff members.
The duties will include:

* responding to on-going email enquiries and other correspondence;
* coordinating with assigned support staff and assisting CLC staff
members responsible for project administration duties;
* maintaining communications with regional, national and international
union bodies as required;
* final production steps and co-ordinating of Labour Forum materials and
the banner being produced;
* web research and writing for AIDS section of CLC website;
* assisting the CLC Communication Department in maintaining the CLC
website and preparing a press conference;
* organizing research launch and circulation to affiliates;
facilitating final logistical arrangements and managing last minute hic-ups
(in collaboration with responsible CLC staff);
* ensuring that international guests will be met on arrival and provided
with the required assistance;
* liaising with International AIDS Society's local host and international
secretariats as required;
* undertaking any reporting requirements as they arise;
any other related duties, as required.

The weekly salary for this 8-week position is $500.00.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women,
people of colour, workers with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and
trans-gender workers and Aboriginal workers are encouraged to apply for this

Applications for this position will be accepted until June 22, 2006. Please
provide a resume and contact details of three (3) references. Address your
applications to the undersigned, by email to:

Thursday, June 01, 2006

TTC strike

31/05/2006 Re-TTC strike

In view of the lack of warning to York employees concerning yesterday's illegal strike by TTC mechanical employees, it was extremely difficult for many employees who rely upon the TTC for transportation to arrive at work on time or, in some cases, to be able to be here at all. In consideration of this circumstance no employee who was either late or absent as a result of this strike is to suffer any financial loss of salary, or be "penalized" in any other way.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Norman Ahmet
Assistant Vice President
Human Resources and Employee Relations