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 Local Councils for changes in policy or direction. The Executive meets bi-weekly and oversees the office’s day-to-day business, provides direction to staff through the Executive Director and administers the Local’s Collective Agreements. A description of duties for each Officer can be found below and in the Bylaws.

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Amy Conwell
President

Amy (she/her) works in Unit 1 as a Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the Department of English. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a poet. She has served as your President since 2020 and previously as Co-Lead Negotiator for Unit 1 Bargaining in 2020-21, Secretary-Treasurer in 2018-20, Stewards’ Council Representative on the Unit 1 Bargaining Committee in 2017-18, UTM Campus Steward in 2015-18, and on the Unit 1 Strike Committee in 2015. She believes in building sustainable structures to organize and win.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Eriks Bredovskis, holding a strike sign that says "CAN'T EAT PRESTIGE! FAIR DEAL NOW"

Eriks Bredovskis
GENERAL VICE-PRESIDENT

Eriks (he/him) works as a Unit 1 Teaching Assistant and Course Instructor in the Department of History, and in the Diaspora and Transnational Studies program at UTM. Eriks served as your Mobilization Committee Steward (U1, Div 1) from 2018–2021, your Communications Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Unit 1 Bargaining Support Committee in 2020, your Co-Chair of the Unit 1 Central Strike Committee in the first half of 2021, and as your External Liaison Officer in 2021–2022. Eriks is committed to worker-led organizing and rank and file labour action.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Alissa Cherry
vice-President 1 (Units 1 & 7)

Alissa (she/her) is a 5th year PhD Candidate at OISE in the Department of Social Justice specializing in occupational pathways for Black women artists. She has previously held the position of President for the former CUPE 3907 (now Unit 7) for the past two years, with a year prior as Vice President. Outside of union and academic work Alissa is a proud New Yorker, a media educator, youth development specialist and EDI speaker. Please reach out to Alissa with any questions or concerns regarding Unit 1 and Unit 7.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Tom Robles (pro-tem)
Vice-President 2 (Unit 3)

Tom (he/him) has over 30 years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in Adult Education. He specializes in supporting English as Another Language (EAL) students and currently teaches academic writing at UTSC and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture. Previously, Tom served as an organizer for the Unit 3 Bargaining Support Committee and worked to rally support for the 2018 strike vote. In 2016, as a Writing Instructor rep on the Provostial Working Group for Writing Instructors, he advocated to produce a Memorandum of Agreement that improved job security and created the advancement category 'Writing Instructor 2 (priority).' Office Hours: Online and by appointment

CHRISTIEN Garcia
Vice-PRESIDENT 3 (UnIT 5)

Christien (he/him) is a Unit 5 member and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Literature, where he specializes in post-1850 British literature, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies. He previously served as a Unit 5 grievance steward, as well as a CUPE 3906 departmental steward during his time as a PhD candidate at McMaster University.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Janine Riviere
vice-President 4 (Units 2, 4, & 6), pro tem

Janine (she/her) is an experienced undergraduate course instructor at the University of Toronto and has taught courses in the History Department, Centre For Teaching And Learning, and International Programs at New College. Riviere is a longstanding member of Unit 6, having been employed as a Lead Course Instructor in the International Foundation Program since 2014. She has been active in leading organizational movements as Bargaining Support Committee Chair in Unit 6, as part of the negotiation of their first Collective Agreement from 2020-22. Riviere has also served on the Local's Grievance Committee for 2021-22 and was active as a Unit 6 Steward from 2020-22.

At present, Riviere is appointed as pro tem Fourth Vice-President and is responsible for serving members of Units 2, 4 and 6.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Tim Gadanidis
Secretary-Treasurer

Tim (he/him) is a member of Unit 1 in the Department of Linguistics, where he was a steward from 2017–2022. He's also a PhD candidate in Linguistics; his research focuses on restaurant servers' narratives of personal experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reach out to him if you have questions about anything related to the local's finances (budget, fund applications, etc.).

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

email Clara at crs@cupe3902.org

Clara Chang
Communications and Recording Secretary

Clara (she/her) is a Unit 1 member teaching in the Department of English and former Chair of the Mental Health Action Committee, and worked to support Unit 1 Bargaining during the 2018 and 2021 rounds. As your Communications and Recording Secretary, Clara compiles and edits your Newsletter, contributes to or publishes much of the public- and member-facing communications the Local creates, and ensures records of the organization's significant political and operational decisions. Write to your CRS if you have ideas for making the Local's communications more accessible or if there's news you think members should know about!
Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Sandra Sabbagh
Health and Safety Officer

Sandra (she/her) is a Unit 1 member and a master’s candidate in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. She also serves as the Departmental Grievance Steward for that same department. As your Health and Safety Officer, Sandra oversees representatives on Joint Health and Safety Committees, which means that she is the person to contact if you are interested in becoming a JHSC Representative, or have any questions about the process and requirements. In lab, Sandra studies fruit flies’ embryonic development. Sandra also hates bugs.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment

Talia Isaacson
Grievance Officer

Tal (she/her) is a Unit 1 member and PhD candidate in the Centre for Comparative Literature, where she has served as a steward from 2017-2022. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics and in the Literature and Critical Theory program. She served as Stewards' Council Representative on the Unit 1 Bargaining Committee and on the Grievance Committee. Reach out to her if you have any questions about the grievance process or filing a grievance.

Office Hours: Online and by appointment