February 16, 2021
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President's Note: EHS, Unity and news from CSN

Dear members,

Although belated, I would like to wish all of you a healthy, successful New Year!

As you know, there was a return to campus on February 3, 2022. Many of us continued to work on campus following the return in the fall term while others may just be returning to campus, over the next little while. In either case, I would like to remind you that EHS protocols are still in place.

Although things are changing, and will continue to do so, until advised, departments and units are expected to follow the EHS plan put in place in early September. If you have not seen your department’s plan, please speak to your manager. All staff have the right to see their department’s plan. EHS must review and approve any changes to the formal approved plan.

As well, you may have had the opportunity to use the new Unity platform by reviewing your paystubs, requesting vacation, etc. Please take the time to review your personal details and your vacation/personal day details to ensure that the information is accurate.

Finally, I'd like to direct members to a new page on our website dedicated to updates from the Fédération des professionnèles (FP) and the CSN (Confédération des syndicats nationaux or Confederation of National Trade Unions) located beneath "News" section on's main menu. Check this space for news on the latest developments and announcements from the FP and CSN organizational network of university professors and professionals.

Although we are not yet back to normal, and many of us are still unsure of what the future holds regarding COVID-19, please note that your Executive Committee is working hard to ensure that we work in a healthy and safe environment and that, as much as possible, our working conditions reflect the current circumstances.


Professional Development, Round 4

You may start applying for the fourth round of the CUPEU Professional Development Fund. The deadline for submissions is next Tuesday, March 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. (this is firm). For greater success in your application, review the application process, instructions and required documents.

We encourage eligible members to take this opportunity to apply. This is your chance to use up to $4,757.10 to develop your professional skills. Here's a quick list of what members have been approved for:
  • online conferences / workshops / courses
  • books / magazine subscriptions / software
  • membership / association dues

In light of COVID-19, note that:
  • the Professional Development Committee will adhere to the university's updated position on work-related travel for staff. Additionally, note that costs related to COVID-testing are not covered by the Professional Development fund.

  • the fund does not cover equipment-related expenses, per article 10.12.b. If you are in need of office equipment to optimize your work-from-home situation, this is a matter to discuss your supervisor.

If you can't apply this time, consider these periods:

Round Submission Start Date Submission Deadline
1 May 23, 2022 June 7, 2022
2 September 6, 2022 August 22, 2022
2 November 21, 2022 December 6, 2022

Contact Douglas Chananda, VP Special Projects at if you have more questions after reviewing the application process, instructions and required documents.

New to your job? Welcome!

Congratulations on your unionized position. You're now part of a crucial organization that stands together to make sure Concordia University professionals have the safest, most sustainable work environment possible.

Find out about your rights as a Concordia University professional employee and request an online meeting today.

Concordia University President Graham Carr and CUPEU President Shoshan Kalfon along with theNegotiations Committee signing the Collective Agreement
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