The Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia (TRAC) Union invites all its members, including TAs, RAs and Invigilators, to participate in its Winter General Assembly (GA) on Tuesday January 22 2018 at 5pm.
This assembly serves to provide TRAC members with updates and research from the year so far, a vote on a TRAC position regarding provincial law, and the election of a new TRAC Teaching and Research Assistants’ Representation and Grievance Officer for the remainder of the current 2018/2019 mandate.
Don’t forget to bring your student ID or pay stub for identification purposes!
Dinner will be provided (including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and halal options).
TRAC’s Winter General Assembly will be held:
– MB-9CD, 9th floor of JSMB (1450 Guy)
– Tuesday, January 22
– Food will be served at 5pm during a Meet & Greet with TRAC Executives, Delegates, and fellow members.
The General Assembly will start at 5:30pm sharp.
1. Opening of the GA
2. Appointment of the chair and minute taker
3. Adoption of the Agenda
4. Adoption of the September 18 GA Minutes
5. Executive Report
6. TA contract hours data analysis report
7. 2018-2019 budget update
8. Call for Equity Committee participation
9. Voting on TRAC position on Quebec’s religious symbol ban for public workers
10. Election of TA/RA Grievance Officer
11. Closing of the GA
You can download the Minutes of the previous GA at this link: http://trac-union.ca/
Election Procedures for TRAC TA and RA Grievance Officer:
There is one open position on the TRAC 2018-19 Executive Team: Teaching and Research Assistants’ Representation and Grievance Officer
The elected TA and RA Grievance Officer will take office on January 23, 2019, and will fulfil their duties until May 31, 2019. To see a list of their responsibilities please refer to TRAC’s By-Laws.
If you wish to run for this position, you must notify TRAC by email at [email protected] by Sunday, January 20th at 5:00 pm. No nomination shall be accepted after this deadline. The email must include the following information – please read carefully and ensure you submit a complete application:
– Your full name;
– Your student identification number;
– A recent contract or pay stub that shows you are a member (your contract should be valid on January 22, 2018 or any date thereafter);
– Your faculty and department;
– The full name and student identification number of two members who support your candidacy.
Also, please note the following: In order to be eligible, you must be registered as a student at Concordia during the mandate (from January 23, 2019 to until May 31, 2019). Each eligible candidate will be required to give a 2 minute speech during the GA.
If you have any questions about the election procedures please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
TRAC Position on Quebec’s Religious Symbol Ban for Public Workers:
The TRAC Equity Committee has proposed the following position (amended by the TRAC Executive Committee) on Quebec’s proposed religious symbol ban for public workers.
1. Whereas the Quebec provincial government has proposed a ban on religious symbols for employees of the state in position of coercive authority;
2. Whereas this proposal is likely to contribute to a culture of division, racism and harassment, and is against the union’s values of inclusivity and pluralism;
3. Whereas this proposal would disproportionately impact women and men of the muslim, jewish, and sikh faith among other visible, religious minorities;
4. BIRT TRAC union strongly opposes the Quebec government’s proposal to ban religious symbols for state employees.
The Quebec government has promised to present a bill on symbols in February or March of 2019 to be adopted sometime in June 2019. While the exact content of the bill is not yet known, the public workers affected by the ban of religious symbols will most likely include public servants in positions of authority such as judges, police officers, prison guards and elementary and high school teachers. These workers would be banned from wearing symbols such as hijab and kippah in their workplace.
As of now, the Quebec government does not intend to apply the ban on CEGEP and university workers. While TRAC members are therefore unlikely to be directly affected by this upcoming bill, the TRAC Equity Committee and the Executive Committee expressed their opinion that our union should take a position on this significant political project that will affect our society as a whole. The TA and RA Delegate Council has expressed its opinion that members should have the right to debate and vote on our union’s position in a democratic manner at the GA.
For more information, consult the article “Legault defends plans to ban religious symbols, replace school boards” from the Montreal Gazette. Please note that this article is shared for information purposes only and that it does not reflect the opinion of TRAC or the opinion of any individual members of TRAC. We have tried to provide the most recent and impartial article on this subject.
The Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia (TRAC) is a labour union local comprising the teaching assistants and research assistants at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebéc.
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