Vote Mohamed Banda for a #BetterUnion
My name is Mohamed Banda and I’m seeking re-election as Vice President Unit 2. I am a contract instructor in Sociology and Equity Studies and a Unit 2 member.
Over this past year, I worked actively on the behalf of contract faculty members as a Unit 2 representative on the Executive Committee and on various internal and external committees, such as York’s all-union Cross Campus Alliance (CCA), CUPE 3903’s Anti-Racism working group, the Ontario University Worker’s Coordinating Committee (OUWCC), and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). I also organized a number of Unit 2 town hall meetings at critical junctures last year (i.e. late-hirings last fall, during bargaining, and navigating the university’s confusing post-strike remediation policies).
Over the coming year, I would like to see these Unit 2 meetings more regularized, alongside other initiatives to facilitate dialogue among Unit 2 members. Externally, I am keen to continue my involvement with OCUFA and the OUWCC, as well as the CCA, to help build political capacities on our campus and in the post-secondary education sector. I also want to continue to push for an Anti-Racism Task Force at the university.
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.