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About Us

Our Union is made up of over seven hundred contract faculty and student academic workers. Our contribution to the University has become increasingly important as our membership has grown, hence our slogan:

    "Trent works because we do!"

Our goal is to increase support for our work within the University and to improve working conditions for contract faculty and student academic workers at the provincial and national levels.

For a primer on the work done by Unit 1 (Contract Faculty), see here.

For a primer on the work done by Unit 2 (Student Academic Workers), see here.

Union Executive--for email contact info see here 

Mitch Champagne, President

Mitch Champagne graduated with a B.Sc. from Trent University, Peterborough, ON, and completed a B.Ed. and M.Sc. Ed. through Medaille, Buffalo, N.Y. Mitch joined the Faculty of Education and Trent International Program at Trent University, where he has been a part-time faculty member since 2008. Before serving as our Unit’s President, Mitch joined the executive in 2012, first as VP Unit 1 then as the General Vice President in 2013. Mitch has a wealth of Union experience and training in the areas of Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and Member Engagement and Outreach, and was a member of the Bargaining team that successfully negotiated our last 2 contracts.

Phil Abbott, General Vice President

Phil Abbott is a PhD candidate and instructor in Indigenous Studies at Trent. He is also works with the Katimavik program in Peterborough. His research explores the impacts of early European settlement in Mississauga territory and how this history has been ignored and distorted. Phil joined the CUPE executive in October 2013.

Aimee Blyth, Secretary-Treasurer

Aimee, a member of CUPE 3908 since 2005 and General Manager of the Seasoned Spoon, has worked in the Gender and Women's Studies and the Environmental Studies Departments.

David Hollands, Recording Secretary

As a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies department, David focuses on the concept of “attraction” in the cinema. He tracks the development of this concept, from its beginnings as both a theory of the cinema and its practical application in early films of the Soviet Union, to its current form as a crucial narrative component of Hollywood Blockbusters like the recent Marvel films. In addition to his position on the CUPE Executive, David is also the Trent University campus representative for OUWCC, the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee.

Laura Greenwood, Chief Steward Unit 1

Laura Greenwood has been a member of CUPE3908 since 2009. She first joined the executive as a member of Unit 2 during her time as a graduate student in the Cultural Studies PhD Program. Laura has been a Course Instructor at Trent for the past two years; she has taught in the Philosophy, Gender & Women's Studies, and Cultural Studies departments and has worked at both the Peterborough and Durham campuses. She joined the CUPE3908 executive in the role of Unit 1 Chief Steward in January 2018.

Alison Fraser, Chief Steward Unit 2

Coming out of an MA at Queen’s University, Alison became involved in student politics with the goal of achieving a better voice for graduate students. She represented the Art History department on the Society of Graduate and Professional Students and was the Equity Officer for PSAC 901, the TA and TF union at Queen’s University. In her PhD, she has also served a number of terms on the executive of the Trent Graduate Students' Association.

Mark Astrom, Vice President Unit 1

Mark has been a Course Instructor at the School of Education and Professional Learning since 2006. He joined CUPE 3908 in October 2017. He is a current member of ETFO @ KPR and is a past member of OSSTF. Mark’s involvement in union activities stretches as far back as 1990, and he remembers well his first picket line experience in March 1991, when Ontario’s public educators went on strike.

Hanah Howlett McFarlane, Vice President Unit 2

Hanah Howlett McFarlane is the Manager of Philanthropy & Fund Development at CCRC (Community Counselling & Resource Centre) and in the Masters of Educational Studies, focusing on Indigenous/Settler relationships in educational settings. Hanah is a Masters of Education Ambassador and an Academic Assistant in the Teacher Education stream Hanah is also a Board member with Compass Early Learning and Care and volunteers at various arts organizations across the city.

Yvonne LaRose, Office Manager

Yvonne worked 7 years as a steward with OPSEU and then with OPEIU (now COPE). She has been CUPE 3908's regular office staffer since 2008.

Last modified: 15-Jul-18

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