Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #3: English Department


Organize uWaterloo and CUPE are pleased to present the next webinar in our Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization. First the guests will give brief remarks identifying workplace issues in the department and outlining the role of unions to address them. Then the floor will be open for discussion, including questions and concerns from audience members. All are welcome!

Jan 14, 2021 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Online webinar


  • Lara El Mekkawi, English Department Organizer, GSA Representative for English
  • Graham Cox, CUPE Researcher and Organizer
  • Lynne Sargent, Grad student organizer
  • Valerie Uher, English Department Organizer
  • Liahm Ruest, English Department Organizer
  • Other English Department Organizers and supporters


  1. Introduction to town hall and land acknowledgement (moderator)
  2. Brief introduction to union drive in English (Grad student organizer)
  3. Introduction to OrganizeUW (Grad student organizer)
  4. Intro/primer on CUPE and what unions do (CUPE organizer)
  5. English Department supporter testimonials
  6. Q&A and open discussion

Hope to see you there - bring your questions!

This live event has now finished.

Note: In order to facilitate open sharing and discussion, this webinar/town hall meeting will not be recorded. Minutes will be taken and shared afterwards, within the English Department, among attendees, and on this page. Attendee names will remain anonymous.

Committee to Organize UWaterloo
Committee to Organize UWaterloo
supported by CUPE

The Committee to Organize UWaterloo is a grassroots campaign to unionize the academic workers at the University of Waterloo. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada's largest union.