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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.

Mark Astrom, General Vice President

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 McFarlaneSecretary-Treasurer

Hanah served a one-year term as the CUPE 3908 VP of Unit 2, before taking on the role of Secretary-Treasurer in November of 2018.She is the Communications Coordinator at Compass Early Learning & Care, a part-time Masters of Educational Studies student, focusing on Indigenous/Settler relationships in education settings, and a Masters of Education Ambassador and a former Academic Assistant for the School of Education at Trent University. 

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 since Fall 2016; 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.

Vacant, Chief Steward Unit 2

Interested in running for this position? Please contact us.

David Tough, Vice President Unit 1

David Tough has been a member of CUPE 3908 Unit 1 since 2011, and was a member of the Executive from 2011 to 2013. He teaches in the School for the Study of Canada and has led seminars in Political Studies. He co-founded Electric City Magazine in 2016, and his first book, a history of income taxation entitled The Terrific Engine, was pubished in March 2018.

Vacant, Vice President Unit 2

Interested in running for this position? Please contact us.

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

Drew Whatman, Campaign and Outreach Officer

Drew graduated from the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson University in 2012. He is a proud queer trans man, and works actively in the LGBTQ community through his work as an Organizing Member of Petebrorough Pride, Board Member of the Rainbow Service Organization, and other community groups. Drew has worked with CUPE 3908 since 2014.

Last modified: 01-Nov-19

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