The Executive Committee takes its direction from decisions of the membership and ensures that the policies and decisions of the Local are implemented. The Executive also brings proposals to the membership and Stewards’ Council for changes in policy or direction. The Executive meets bi-weekly and oversees the office’s day-to-day business, provides direction to the staff through the Executive Director and administers the Local’s Collective Agreements.
Course Instructor, Department of Italian Studies
Pamela Arancibia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian Studies and in the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program. She became involved in the union during the 2013 round of bargaining and joined the Executive Committee as External Liaison Officer soon after. Pamela was the Communications & Recording Secretary from 2015-2017, when she was acclaimed Chair of the Local. During her time on the Executive Committee, she has worked to revive the existing equity-seeking caucuses (Indigenous Solidarity Caucus, Women’s Caucus and Queer Caucus) and to create equity-seeking caucuses for unrepresented groups within the Local (Racialised Workers’ Caucus and Workers with Disabilities Caucus).
Vice-Chair, Unit 1
Teaching Assistant, Department of English; Chief Presiding Officer, UTSC
Megan’s a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate and TA in the English Department, and works also as a Chief Presiding Officer. She’s been involved with CUPE 3902 as an English Dept steward (3 years), a Bargaining Support Committee Chair for the 2013-14 round of bargaining, a Mobilization Steward for Unit 1, Division 1, and now as Vice-Chair, Unit 1; and balances all of the dissertation work and union work with an enduring appreciation for cats, poetry, tea, and critical thinking. Always happy to answer questions about Unit 1!
Dr. Erich Vogt
Vice-Chair, Unit 3
Sessional Lecturer, School of the Environment
Prior to teaching at UofT, Erich taught at George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C. In Washington, D.C., he was quite involved in the establishment of four contingent faculty unions at some of the city’s premier universities: Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, and the University of the District of Columbia. He has a Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin and MA from Indiana University. He is also reminded at times that his real ‘claim to fame’ is his former membership in Germany’s National Swim Team.
Vice-Chair, Unit 5
Dr. Kristen Allen
Course Instructor, Medieval Studies Programme; Writing Instructor, New College
Kristen Allen received her Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2009. She teaches in the Mediaeval Studies programme at the University of St. Michael’s College and is a Writing Instructor for New College. She has been the Vice Chair, Colleges, since April 2015 and was a Co-Chief Negotiator during the most recent rounds of bargaining for Units 2 and 4.
Sessional Lecturer, Department of English & Drama
Communications and Recording Secretary (pro-tem)
External Liaison Officer
Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science
Internal Liaison Officer
Sessional Lecturer and Writing Instructor, Engineering Communications Programme
Jess Taylor has been a writing instructor with the Engineering Communication Program since 2014. Previously, she worked as a writing instructor at Rotman, a TA in the Department of English, and as a Professor of English at Seneca College. She is also the Chair of the Unit 3 Bargaining Team. Outside of the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902, Jess is also known as a writer of fiction and poetry and for being an advocate for emerging writers in Toronto.
Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science
Kevin Edmonds is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, and is an instructor with Caribbean Studies and the Center for Critical Development Studies. His research examines the connection between trade liberalization, the decline of the banana trade and the rise of marijuana cultivation/trafficking in the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and St. Vincent. His other areas of interest include the political economy of the Caribbean and the drug trade, agricultural policy, alternative development strategies and the history of military intervention and economic destabilization in the Caribbean. Aside from his academic work, he is involved in a number of advocacy projects – particularly relating to deportee justice, Haitian solidarity and political organization in Toronto’s Caribbean community.