James Clark for Communications

James Clark for Communications

Vote James Clark for a #BetterUnion

My name is James Clark and I’m running for Communications Officer. I am a PhD candidate in English and a Unit 1 member.

For the past year, I have served as Chief Steward Unit 1. In that time, I have worked hard to raise the union’s profile among all members, especially in under-represented departments and faculties. I helped organize 17 departmental luncheons, where members had the chance to learn more about the union and elect their representatives to Stewards’ Council. I helped develop the outreach strategy and timeline for the strike mandate vote, which produced the biggest turnout in ten years and won a 79% mandate.

As Communications Officer, I would bring extensive experience to the role, both from the past year’s mobilization and from the social movements. I developed much of the content for our union’s bargaining campaign, A Better York is Possible, and helped produce many of the union’s videos, posters, postcards, information sheets, and ads – including for the TTC and The Excalibur. Since August, I have helped produce every issue of CUPE 3903 News, which regularly informs members of union news and meetings, and integrated social media into all union communications.

I believe that a better union is possible. That’s why I’m running as part of a team of candidates who want to create a local for all its members. We want the local to be more open, accessible and welcoming. We are committed to combating the toxicity that drives members away from union meetings. We support electronic voting so more members can participate in decision making. We are committed to building on the strike’s momentum to broaden the campaign against tuition fees and precarious work and for accessible, high quality education. Learn more about our plan and how to join our campaign: click here.