TRAC Fall Party 28th October, 2015

On Wednesday October 28th more than a hundred TAs and RAs gathered at the TRAC fall party in The Hive Café and once again proved their solidarity and support for TRAC, their very own union. The members enjoyed music, beverages, snacks and dinner throughout the night, discussed their issues with their executive committee and paved the way to having a more powerful union with their presence. We would like to thank everyone who attended the party and made the night a very special occasion. TRAC is truly proud of you guys and your continuous support. Keep up the good work TRAC members!  

TRAC FALL Party

We all are incredibly happy that TRAC is more known and recognizable as a university sector among unions now, and this couldn't be achieved without all the efforts in finding more and more ways to publicize and fight for what we all want. Your unbelievable support in the General Meeting and all the tablings made the dream of growing stronger one step closer to reality and was the only inspiration for us.

We are now here to celebrate all these sweet things together, and thank you all for your care and effort as we say GoodBYE to FALL and GREETING WINTER with planing for new and bigger goals. Join us once more, hear about the updates, share your concerns, have some refreshments and food and on top of all chill out together!

Please register for the Party HERE.

Where:

HIVE Café, Hall Building- Mezzanine (2nd Floor)

When:

October 28, at 6:00 pm

TRAC General Meeting 9th September 2015

After around a year and half with full of problems finally TRAC is coming back in its right way with more power by full support of its members. TAs and RAs were united in their general meeting, for three hours and half, debating important resolutions resulted in the most important decissions of the union and their political work. President Nader Jafari Nodoushan said

"Now that our memebrs showed their support one more time by attending the general meeting and playing role in the most significant decissions of their union, we are all backing the bargaining comittee to bargain much stronger."

Some highlights from the general meeting:

  • Ongoing Bargaining with Concordia
  • Invigilators Bargaining Unit under TRAC
  • Budget Plan for 2015-2016 year
  • Laber Relation Update
  • Merging the TA and RA Collective Agreements
  • Election of Mobilization Officer​

 

​Meeting Minutes of the meeting is available here.

TRAC General Meeting

Now it's time to hear from us. TRAC is calling all members to come together for the first GA of 2015-2016. 

Important subjects such as our plans and bargaining matters will be discussed and all will be voted in the same day. Don't forget to show up and have a word in the most important decisions of your union.

For the agenda and more information please follow TRAC Facebook and see the Website.

When: September 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Where: Hall Building, 7th floor, 763

Please bring a current pay stub or the contract that you have held since Fall 2014.

“A word in your union = A change in your working condition”

Agenda:

  1. Opening session by president
  2. Approval of the agenda
  3. Reports of the following subjects:
    1. Bargaining
    2. Grievances and Labor Relations
    3. Mobilization
    4. Election of Mobilization Officer (Appication deadline: 5th September)
  4. Approval of the budget plan for 2015-2016 year
  5. Approval of the Invigilators Unionization under TRAC
  6. Merging the TA and RA Collective Agreements
  7. Adjournment

Bylaws Committee Position

After 3 years of working, TRAC needs to review its current bylaws and regulations and change it if needed. There are 2 open positions for members to work on this in the committee. Work includes a review of our current bylawas and regulations, find its drawbacks, and a research on bylaws and regulations of other unions.

Interest in union work is needed!

You can find our current bylaws and regulations here.

For more information and apply, contact vice-president@trac-union.ca.

TRAC New Logo Design Contest

We are in search of a new logo for TRAC. If you are interested in graphic design, help your union to have a great new logo and stand a chance to win a prize.

The contest is open to all TRAC members and the winning design will be used as the new official TRAC logo .The winner will also win a $200 gift card.

These information can be used inside the logo: 

- PSAC Local 12500 

- TRAC 

- Teaching and Research Assistant at Concordia 

- www.trac-union.ca

- TRAC is PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) local 12500. It's a plus if your designed logo has some similarity in color or design with PSAC logo. Here is PSAC logo:

 

If you would like to know more about PSAC, watch this video.

Submission deadline is August 31. For more information and to submit your work, contact mobilization@trac-union.ca.

Update on Negotiations

Concordia has reached our president, Nader Jafari Nodoushan, and requested to forget Concordia's first proposal of the pay grades and to be back on the negotiation table.

"We are going to have a cooperative environment between the employee and the employer at Concordia University. However, we care about the value of our members' job as TA or RA and we are strongly standing against any loss of salary." President Nader Jafari Nodoushan said.

TAs and RAs, Do you want cut on your pay grades?

As you know, we are currently on the negotiation table for the new TA/RA pay-grades with Concordia. Concordia's first proposal is completely unacceptable, up to 43% cut on our pay-grades. We are standing against any proposal that results in such a loss of salary. We need to be together, as a united, more than ever and we have to fight back for the value of our jobs.

The Executive Committee would update you as the negotiations move forward. TRAC has planned to have lunch gathering in different departments and faculties to update and listen to you more.

Keep an eye on our future emails and Facebook page updates

National Public Service Week: Respect our rights!

The government’s National Public Service Week is June 14-20, 2015. The national week is supposed to recognize the importance of federal public service employees and celebrate their service to Canadians. Meanwhile, this government is gutting public services and trampling on our rights.

Through the recent budget implementation bill (C-59), the government intends to take away our Charter right to free collective bargaining.

Let’s use National Public Service Week to send a strong message about the need for respect:

Respect for our rights!

Respect for the Charter!

Respect for our contracts!

Respect for quality public services!

The Bargaining Team Meets with Management Thursday May 28

The Bargaining Team Meets with Management Thursday May 28 and TRAC members sent them to the table with tons of support and goodwill.
Over 100 members crowded into the 11th floor of the EV building Monday evening to meet with the Executive and Bargaining teams as they prepare to secure wages that recognize the value of TRAC members' contribution to making Concordia an education destination of choice.

You can see the photos on Facebook.

We will be providing updates as negotiations move forward as we are able. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting us at info@trac-union.ca.

In solidarity,
TRAC Executive Team

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