Upcoming Events (week of February 26th)

Below are some upcoming events that might be of interest to CUPE 4600 members

  1. General Membership Meeting – Feb 27
  2. Mobilization Committee Meeting – Today
  3. Rainbow Caucus Meeting – Mar 5
  4. Queer Histories and Queer Resistance – Mar 1
  5. Book Launch: The Regulation of Desire: Queer Histories, Queer Struggles – Feb 29

for details about these events, click here

Upcoming events (Feb. 5th onwards)

Upcoming union and community events

  1. General Membership Meeting – Feb 27
  2. Emergency Rally for Trans Youth –  Feb 5
  3. Mobilization Committee meeting – Feb 5th
  4. Educational Event on Palestine – Feb 7th
  5. Arab Awareness Week at Carleton – Feb 5-9
  6. Support PSAC workers on strike – ongoing
  7. Nonviolent Direct Action, Creative Protest and Planning Effective Campaigns Workshop – Feb 17

Find more information about these events here

CUPE 4600 stands in solidarity with Palestine

Since October 7th, 2023 the Israeli military has murdered over 26,000 Palestinian civilians, including over 10,000 children as recorded by Al Jazeera, and the death toll continues to rise daily. CUPE 4600 stands firmly in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle for liberation. We reject any conflation of the support for Palestinian life with the condoning of violence against civilians or antisemitism.

Israel’s drastic escalation of genocidal violence towards Palestinians in Gaza includes: the shutting off of water, electricity and telecommunications; the bombing of civilian infrastructure including residences, hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, and refugee camps; and numerous war crimes such as collective punishment, the use of white phosphorus munitions and the indiscriminate murder of unarmed civilians and journalists. The continuation of the illegal blockade and frequent attacks on Gazans must cease immediately and permanently. A temporary truce or “humanitarian pause” is unequivocally insufficient.

CUPE 4600 recognizes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory as “unlawful under international law,” as determined in the October 2022 report by the United Nations General Assembly. Israel’s illegal settlements and the forcible displacement and transfer of Palestinians continue to violate international law as indicated in Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

We recognize that the events of October 7th are a retaliatory escalation against the current and long history of settler-colonial systemic violence and oppression in historic Palestine against the Palestinian people. Israel has imposed a brutal blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, cutting the Palestinian people from the rest of the world and forcing them to live in an open-air prison. CUPE 4600 understands that in order to cease the continuous and tragic loss of life, the root cause of violent Israeli settler-colonialism must be addressed. We recognize that decolonization is not a metaphor and must be enacted through the repatriation of Indigenous land and life (Tuck & Yang 2012). Humanitarian justice requires the liberation of Palestine as well as an international commitment to ensuring Palestinians are granted the human rights they have been denied for over 75 years.

With this historical context, CUPE 4600 joins the growing global consensus that recognizes Israel as actively committing the international war crimes of apartheid and genocide. While Palestinians and international solidarity activists have understood that the state of Israel has been continuously committing the crime of apartheid for many decades, organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem have more recently adopted the term to describe the system of racial segregation that Israel imposes on the Palestinian people.

The workers’ struggle and the struggle for liberation are inseparable. Like all peoples of the world, Palestinians have fundamental rights to freedom, justice, and equality. As trade unionists, we are compelled to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation, just as unions and workers did in the struggle for liberation from apartheid in South Africa.

CUPE 4600 presents this statement as a union on unceded and un-surrendered Anishinaabe Algonquin Territory. We recognize that the genocide of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island and in historic Palestine is inextricable. Canada is complicit in both as a colonial power embedded in the histories and development of settler-colonialism and as a current source of financial, political, and material support for Israel’s crimes.

We issue this statement of solidarity as voted on during our November 17th General Membership Meeting.

CUPE 4600 calls on the Canadian government to stand up for the inalienable human rights of the Palestinian people by calling for:

  1. An immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem: Canada must join the growing international call for an immediate ceasefire in the region and demonstrate unwavering commitment to peace and protection of life.
  2. The end of the siege on Gaza to allow unrestricted humanitarian aid and permanently lift the blockade as it is a contravention of international law.
  3. An end to Canada’s complicity in Israeli occupation and genocide, including an end to arms sales to Israel directly and through the United States.
  4. Freeing Palestine by opposing Israeli apartheid and taking immediate action to recognize the rights that Palestinian people have to their ancestral lands.

Upcoming events and meetings

Events, meetings, and protests coming up:

  1. CUPE 4600 trivia Night – Jan 31st
  2. External Affairs Committee meeting – Jan 31st
  3. Gender Affirmation Fund Applications – deadline Jan 31st
  4. Mobilization Committee meeting – Feb 5th
  5. Educational Event on Palestine – Feb 7th
  6. SPPA Students’ Anti-Racism Symposium – Feb 2nd
  7. March with Labour For Palestine – Feb 4th
  8. Support PSAC workers on strike – ongoing
  9. Nonviolent Direct Action, Creative Protest and Planning Effective Campaigns Workshop – Feb 17

More details here

An invitation to join the Mobilization Committee

Next meeting: Monday February 5th, 3pm, Nicol 3022

You are invited to join the next meeting of the CUPE 4600 Mobilization Committee.

What is the Mobilization Committee?

The CUPE 4600 Mobilization Committee is made of of members from both units. You do not need to be an elected official of the union in order to join the committee. No prior union organizing experience necessary, all are welcome!

This committee is tasked with organizing campaigns, events, protests, pickets, and educational workshops for the membership. The goals of this work change from year to year, depending on what is happening at Carleton and in the community. Sometimes this work focuses on preparing for a potential strike, other times it might be more aimed at supporting other unions or community groups. This is decided by the members of the committee.

What happens at the meetings?

The meetings take place every two weeks, and are a space for members to discuss upcoming projects. This committee is chaired by an elected member, who runs the meetings and prepares an agenda.

At the meeting, all members are encouraged to participate in the discussions and decision making process. Meeting participants will get to help plan the projects put forward by the committee, sign up for volunteering tasks, prepare materials, and learn some useful hands-on organizing skills in the process!

The meetings happen in a hybrid format, meaning it is a mix of in-person and online participation.

We hope to see you at our next meeting! 

If you have any questions, you can email mobcor@cupe4600.ca to be put in touch with the committee chair

Upcoming Events (Week of January 21st onwards)

Hi friends,

Here are some upcoming events and meetings that may be of interest to CUPE 4600 members

  1. CUPE 4600 trivia Night – Wednesday, January 31st, 6pm
  2. External Affairs Committee meeting –Wednesday, January 31st, 4pm
  3. Gender Affirmation Fund Applications – Deadline: January 31st
  4. Labour For Palestine – Ottawa contingent – Sunday, January 28th, 1:45pm
  5. Webinar – Hassan Diab: Justice Denied – Sunday, January 28th, 3pm
  6. OPIRG-Carleton Bursaries and Grants – Deadline: Friday, January 26th
  7. Support PSAC workers on strike
  8. Seminar: Depoliticizing The Housing Question In Canada – Friday, January 26th, 1pm

For more information and details about these events, click here

Winter 2024 TA Advance: Deadline Friday January 5th, 5pm

Hello Teaching Assistants,

As some of you may be aware, Carleton does not issue the first pay check to Teaching Assistants until the end of the first month of each term.

Teaching Assistants holding a TA position of 130 hours can apply for the TA Advance, and receive short-term funding to help them bridge the gap in income.

Via the TA Advance, you can receive up to $750 in the middle of the first month of the term. Any amount received via the Advance is repaid to Carleton through automatic deductions on your first three pay check (250$ per pay check).

PLEASE NOTE the application deadline for the winter 2024 advance is Friday, January 5th, at 5pm

You can download the TA Advance application form here. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Deputy Provost by email at: Banaaltahir@cunet.carleton.ca

TA pay advance: deadline Sept 15th

Hello Teaching Assistants,

As some of you may be aware, Carleton does not issue the first pay check to Teaching Assistants until the end of the first month of each term.

Teaching Assistants holding a TA position of 130 hours can apply for the TA Advance, and receive short-term funding to help them bridge the gap in income.

Via the TA Advance, you can receive up to $750 in the middle of the first month of the term. Any amount received via the Advance is repaid to Carleton through automatic deductions on your first three pay check (250$ per pay check).

PLEASE NOTE the application deadline for the September 2023 advance is Friday, September 15th, at noon.

You can download the TA Advance application form here. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Deputy Provost by email at: Banaaltahir@cunet.carleton.ca