Olya Murphy for Chief Steward Unit 1

Olya Murphy for Chief Steward Unit 1

Vote Olya Murphy for a #BetterUnion

My name is Olya Murphy and I’m running for Chief Steward Unit 1. I am a PhD candidate in History and a Unit 1 member.

Over the past two years, I have been active as a rank-and-file member of our local. During this time I have participated in our local’s decision making through my contributions at Stewards’ Council meetings and monthly General Membership Meetings. This past year, I attended many bargaining meetings with the Employer, helped with the production of T-shirts and buttons for the local’s strike campaign, and was active at strike headquarters and on the picket lines as a picket captain. In the period approaching the strike deadline, I volunteered to be a steward in the department of History, and in that capacity organized a picketing schedule for our members. This resulted in our department being one of the most organized as the local entered the strike.

As Chief Steward Unit 1, I would extend my organizing capabilities to the wider union to mobilize for regularly scheduled Stewards’ Council meetings as well as outreach events and campaigns designed to bring the union directly to the members.

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.