Action committeees are dedicated to a specific political or social-justice movement
The Flying Squad was formed as a way for CUPE 3902 members to engage in direct action in support of striking/locked-out workers and labour/civil-society groups fighting for broader social, political and economic change. To get involved, go to our facebook page: facebook.com/UofTFlyingSquad or email the caucus chair, Caitlin Gowans, at email@example.com.
The CUPE 3902 Labour Choir is a choir that shares the vocal history of the labour movement and offers space for singers and non-singers to socialize. To get involved, email the labour choir’s chair, Will Roelofs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caucuses are spaces for equity-seeking groups within the local to socialize and advocate for their unique interests as workers and members of the wider community.
The CUPE 3902 Women’s Caucus works towards fighting the issues that women-identifying workers face; offers solidary and support for women-identifying workers. To get involved, email the caucus chair, Sujata Thapa, at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Local Caucus?
A local caucus is a group of CUPE 3902 workers who work together with a common issue, goal, concern, or passion in mind (as long as the caucus works towards the objectives of the Local, Article 3 of our Bylaws).
They create tools and resources to address the issues or ideas that the caucus represents.
They also propose projects or actions that the caucus, or other groups within the Local (including the Local as a whole) may initiate.
What kinds of caucuses does 3902 have?
As of March 2023, we have three active Local Caucuses: the Flying Squad, the Labour Choir, and the Women’s Caucus. You can read more about them and how to get involved above.
How do I join a caucus?
If you’d like to join one of the existing caucuses (see the list above) email the caucus chair and firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on their email list or added to their group chats. If you see any caucus events in our newsletter or socials, just come!
What kinds of caucuses can I propose?
You can propose any Local Caucus that you think works towards the objective of the Local (Article 3 of the Bylaws). If you’re unsure, you can email your GVP (email@example.com) and they can help you.
We’ve had a number of caucuses in the past. Here are some examples:
- Boycott Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Caucus
- Indigenous Solidarity Caucus
- International Workers’ Caucus
- Queer Caucus
- Racialized Workers’ Caucus
- Undergraduate Caucus
- UTM Caucus
- UTSC Caucus
- Workers with Disabilities Caucus
- Mental Health Caucus
How much support does a caucus get?
You’ll get support from officers and Local staff in setting up the caucus. When a caucus is operating, then your point person will be the General Vice-President (GVP).
You’ll also have to promote your caucus at Membership Meetings, Unit Councils, and in our Newsletter and on our Socials.
Financially, each local caucus is entitled to at least $2,500 per fiscal year (May–April) to use for the purpose of fulfilling its mandate.
What does a caucus chair do?
A caucus chair runs the caucus. They make sure that the caucus is fulfilling its mandate and doing the events or actions that they’re supposed to do. They’re also a member of Local Council (the group of executive officers, lead stewards, and caucus chairs that discuss the strategic plan of the Local).
The caucus chair is elected at the first meeting of the caucus every fiscal year or whenever there is a vacancy. Anyone in the local can run as a caucus chair except the Executive Committee, Lead Stewards, or chairs of other caucuses.
They have to notify the Local of any events that they are organizing, so that the Local can properly advertise it to all members.
They have to make sure that accurate minutes of official caucus meetings are made, and that the funds provided to the caucus are properly spent.
They also have to provide a short report at the Annual General Meeting about the previous year’s work.
They also receive an honorarium of 17.5 hours at the TA rate (as of March 2023 that was $833.50 for the year and prorated for service of less than one year).
How do I set up a Local Caucus?
- Email the President (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the GVP (email@example.com) letting them know that you’d like to create a caucus, this will give them the heads up and help you get ready for the motion at the membership meeting.
- At the next available Membership Meeting (where all members of 3902 attend), you make a motion to strike (create) your caucus (“I move to strike the [insert name here] caucus”). There, you can explain why you’d like to create the caucus and its purpose. If members agree that your caucus is a good idea. They will vote yes. If the vote was successful, you as the mover of the motion have to:
- Hold the caucus’ first meeting within two months (60 days). You are entitled to get help from the Executive Committee and Staff in sending out emails, securing space etc. The GVP can also attend the first meeting to make sure everything is in order. You should:
- Pick a date for the first meeting, something about 3 to 4 weeks after the Membership Meeting, so there’s time to circulate it in newsletters, emails etc.
- Notify the GVP and other officers and staff who are helping you about the date and place.
- Personally reach out to colleagues who are 3902 members to get them to come to the first meeting.
- Chair the first caucus meeting. Here is a link to a draft agenda.
- After the first meeting. The newly elected caucus chair:
- Congrats! The caucus is operating!
Why do caucuses have to be renewed every year at the AGM?
In order to keep operating, at the Annual General Meeting of the Local (the AGM, usually in April), every caucus chair will need to make a motion to continue year-over-year operation of their caucus. If passed, then you have to hold your next meeting within 60 days of the AGM.
This requirement is because the priorities of the Local change year-over-year and caucuses may not want to continue operating. So, this gives each caucus an opportunity to, first, think whether they’d like to continue their work, and second, think about the year ahead at a meeting after the AGM.