On December 6, 1989 at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lepine, armed with a legally obtained Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before killing himself. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was "fighting feminism", he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. Overall, he killed fourteen women and injured ten other women and four men in just under twenty minutes before turning the gun on himself. Lépine was the son of a French-Canadian mother and an Algerian father, and had been physically abused by his father. His suicide note claimed political motives and blamed feminists for ruining his life. The note included a list of nineteen Quebec women whom Lépine considered to be feminists and apparently wished to kill.
Since the attack, Canadians have debated various interpretations of the events, their significance, and Lépine's motives. Many feminist groups and public officials have characterized the massacre as an anti-feminist attack that is representative of wider societal violence against women. Consequently, the anniversary of the massacre has since been commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Other interpretations emphasize Lépine's abuse as a child or suggest that the massacre was simply the isolated act of a madman, unrelated to larger social issues.Still other commentators have blamed violence in the media and increasing poverty, isolation, and alienation in society, particularly in immigrant communities.The incident led to more stringent gun control laws in Canada.
Attached is the new Executive for 2014
February 7, 2014 and Feb. 8, 2014
up to 8 members can attend this General meeting - Phone Evelyn at the Union Office to register 966-7015
Heritage Inn 102 Cardinal Crescent Awards Banquet and Social Friday night 7:30 p.m.
CUPE Local 1975 will send up to 5 members
Attend the GMM Nov. 26 2013 - details will be provided
See link for further information
Education Committee will choose who will attend from eleigible applicants
New letter link
Changes coming to WHMIS
New GHS Hazard pictograms to replace WHMIS symbols
As you are aware the local has been in bargaining with the University since the spring. We have satisfactorily reached agreement on many issues, although there are still some outstanding matters including pensions. The University’s Chief Negotiator is Cheryl Carver. Ms. Carver is taking a planned parental leave until March. While we had hoped that bargaining would be concluded by this time, the outstanding issues are complex and require further negotiations. Rather than starting over with someone new, we have agreed with the Employer that we will hold bargaining in abeyance until Ms. Carver returns from her leave. This time away from bargaining will allow for the parties to review their positions and consider options for resolving the outstanding matters. We ask the membership for your understanding as this means that bargaining continues in camera and therefore we cannot discuss any of the details of bargaining. Your bargaining committee believes that this is in the best interest of the membership at this time.
Wayne Foley, President on behalf of the Bargaining Committee
CUPE Non Academic Pension Plan Town Hall Meeting Held April 17, 2013.
Watch this video of guest speaker Kevin Skerrett, CUPE National Pension Representative.
Please read the attached document pertaining to Scope. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the union office at 966-7015 and you will be directed to the appropriate table officer.
Please see attached letter
Collective Agreement is being printed. If you need to review this article prior to obtaining new agreement please see attached.
Please find attached information regarding Health Spending Account Summary Wellness Plan Summary Reimbursement form for Wellness spending Account