CUPE 1334 Evicted!! (Illegally?)

Hi Folks:

The rumors are running around that CUPE 1334 has been evicted from their long-time office in the University Center.  This is to confirm that it did in fact happen today.  In our opinion this action was at the very least, improper, if not illegal.

The locks were changed at about 5:30pm last night and then an email was sent stating that the Landlord had elected to terminate the Lease due to our ongoing dispute.  At approximately 7am the University seized all of the property of CUPE 1334 that was secured in our office.  In-fact they seized everything and had it all shipped to a storage location off campus and initially would not tell us where it was sent.  It is our belief that this was an illegal seizure.  The Campus Police were there and were required to enforce this eviction and CUPE 1334 called in the City Of Guelph Police.  The City of Guelph Police recommended that this situation be dealt with through our lawyer.  CUPE National has been made aware of this situation.

We have subsequently regained possession of all of the items that had formerly been in our office and are in a secure storage facility.  Neither the University nor the Moving Company will be able to access those possessions again.

CUPE 1334 Executive will continue to operate as best as we can under these more difficult situations and can still be reached through our Union Phones and our email addresses.  If you have any questions or concerns please do contact us.

Various groups on campus have offered us the use of their office space and CUPE 1334 would like to say thank you for your offer and support.

Another rumor that I would like to address is that we will be hiring a lawyer and that the Local Members would be footing the bill.  CUPE National has a Legal Team that CUPE Locals can access the services of.  That is what our Union Dues pay for.  We pay our dues and a portion of those dues is paid to CUPE National as a monthly Per Capita payment.  Those Per Capita payments pay for the services of the Legal Team, Researchers, National Representatives, as well as various other Support Staff members, too numerous too list.  We don’t have to deal in rumors (innocent or vicious).  Call us, email us, attend the General Membership Meetings and ask us.

There is a General Membership Meeting tonight (Tuesday May 15) in the University Center, room 442 at 7:30pm.

Thank You.

Brian Gorman

CUPE 1334 Secretary Treasurer

May Day Rock Ceremony 2018

Read at the Ceremony:

Bertolt Brecht 1935

Questions From a Worker Who Reads

Who built Thebes of the 7 gates ?
In the books you will read the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock ?

And Babylon, many times demolished,
Who raised it up so many times ?

In what houses of gold glittering Lima did its builders live ?
Where, the evening that the Great Wall of China was finished, did the masons go?

Great Rome is full of triumphal arches.
Who erected them ?

Over whom did the Caesars triumph ?
Had Byzantium, much praised in song, only palaces for its inhabitants ?

Even in fabled Atlantis, the night that the ocean engulfed it,
The drowning still cried out for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.
Was he alone ?

Caesar defeated the Gauls.
Did he not even have a cook with him ?

Philip of Spain wept when his armada went down.
Was he the only one to weep ?

Frederick the 2nd won the 7 Years War.
Who else won it ?

Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors ?

Every 10 years a great man.
Who paid the bill ?

So many reports.

So many questions.

In Memoriam

Recently we have lost a few members and it was suggested that we create a Memoriam page for our members to leave comments about lost friends.  Please feel free to leave comments or memories of co-workers here.  We ask only that the comments be polite and respectful, otherwise we will remove them.  Thank you.  Some of the members we have lost are:

Gary Toporowski

Bayne Beitz

Joanne Fountain

Jim McGivney

If there are other members whose names are not here (and should be) please let us know.

Settlement Achieved

Settlement Achieved


CUPE 1334 is proud to announce we have achieved a tentative settlement with the University Of Guelph.

Ratification of the Collective Agreement will occur March 16th.

The strong support of the entire local was instrumental in achieving this Settlement.  As well, we would like to send a shout out to all of our allies and the students who supported us through the bargaining process.

We couldn’t have done it without you.


Your Bargaining Committee

Pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement



9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Eccles Centre in Maritime Hall

University of Guelph

Please register so we can ensure that we have enough materials and food for lunch.

You can register by:

  1.  Calling 519 839 5470 or
  2.  Emailing

Check Here – What’s Happening Now – May 1, 2018

May 7, 2018

Pension Townhall

Equity Conference – click below for Poster

You’re Invited_GNSC Equity Conference

See Events as well

October 17th – GMM – Nominations for CUPE 1334 Executive Election

CUPE GMM Agenda Oct 17, 2017


Mental Health Survey – Sept 28, 2017

We will be coming around handing out Mental Health Surveys to workers in their various work areas.  These surveys are anonymous and 100% voluntary but we would strongly encourage all members to take part.  There is also a link to do the survey online, if you would prefer.  Please click below for the information page (with the online link):

Mental Health Survey 2017


March 10, 2017

Click below for the link to the video of yesterdays Picket Painting Party:

Some of the results from the Picket Painting Party today, March 9th, in the U.C. Courtyard

March 9 2017

Feb 21, 2017

Click Below for Poster for: Precarious Work in the University Sector Town Hall


Make It Fair Campaign

Link to Campaign – Click Here:

 Aug 1, 2016
October 1 Rally 001


Sept 21, 2016


What’s Happening Now (Check Here Frequently)

Greetings all:
This is an urgent call out for support for workers who need labours support and protection.
Library workers in Essex have been on strike for over 2 months now. The employer is not moving and these workers are isolated and feeling very beaten up.
CUPE Ontario and the OFL are holding a solidarity rally and lunch this Wednesday at 11 to 1. (It’s at the Leamington Library at 1 John Street, Leamington, N8H 1H1.)  There are buses leaving from Guelph the Go station (401 and 6) at 745 am. There will be a couple of cars driving to parking lot so we can get folks from Guelph to go stop. It’s a coach bus (washroom available) and we will be watching a movie, playing games and writing and practicing ‎chants. We will have snacks and drinks on the bus and lunch will be provided when we are at rally.
I know it’s hard to give up your last days of summer and I know it’s a long way away, but I plead with you to try and make it so that these workers and all workers know – no one will be left behind and no one is alone in this struggle.
Please call or email me if you are able to attend and please see if you can’t find others to come with us.
My cell is 519-766-8376 and you can respond also to this email
Peace and solidarity