November 5 SGMM: Tentative agenda

Special General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, November 5
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Vari Hall C
York University

Agenda *

1) Roll call of the officers & Bargaining Team members

2) Reading of the Equality Statement

3) Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement

4) Meeting primer (15 minutes)

5) Approval of the September 12 SGMM minutes (10 minutes)

6) Bargaining Team report-back (15 minutes)

  • Please see Bylaws Article 17 (4) (b): “The Bargaining Team, with the support of the Executive, shall have ongoing and wide consultation processes with the membership to support its work. To that end, the Bargaining Team shall give report-backs to the membership at all General Membership meetings.”

7) Discussion of bargaining priorities (120 minutes)

8) Adjournment

* Please note that this is only a tentative agenda. It may be slightly amended/updated by the Bargaining Team in the days before the SGMM.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Bargaining update #8

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The Bargaining Team (BT) as well as a number of rank-and-file members met with the Employer on Tuesday, October 21 to continue negotiations around the Union’s Equity and Transparency bargaining proposals.

In response to York’s contest, in which students submit their vision for a better university, rank-and-file members in attendance took the opportunity to present to the Employer the Union‘s vision – one that includes free tuition, living wages and job security for Contract Faculty members. The Union has a number of proposals related to tuition and job security – including a full tuition rebate – and will be negotiating these in the coming weeks. The BT hopes to begin talks around tuition and funding on Tuesday, October 28.

Over the past number of weeks, the Union has been pushing the Employer on a number of Equity and Transparency-related proposals. Although the Employer has tabled a small number of counter-proposals, at today’s meeting they offered a more comprehensive response. While refusing to offer anything in writing, they nonetheless made it clear that they were ‘disinclined’ to move on the majority of these proposals.

One of these proposals would have the university recognize LGBTQ as an employment equity-seeking group. Currently, the university recognizes women, people with disabilities, and racialized and Aboriginal persons as employment equity-seeking groups. Although the Union has been pushing the university to recognize LGBTQ as an additional equity-seeking group, the Employer remains staunchly opposed to the idea. And while the Employer did express its willingness to include LGBTQ as a category on the university’s self-identification surveys, data collection along these lines would seem an empty gesture unless accompanied by some commitment to use that information for the purposes of creating a more equitable workplace. So while the university has stated time and again its commitment to ‘diversity and inclusiveness,’ according to them, employment equity is not the ‘vehicle’ to this end!

As the Employer remains ‘disinclined’ on the majority of the Union’s Equity and Transparency proposals, the BT will be starting to shift gears next week into negotiations around tuition and funding issues. This will be an important phase of our negotiations. In September of last year, the Employer issued an across-the-board tuition hike for international students, in the process attacking our longstanding tuition protection clause. So making gains on the tuition front will be especially important this round. But to do this requires a committed and mobilized membership, willing to make their voices heard, both at the bargaining table and elsewhere.

Call for nominations: Unit 1 Bargaining Team member

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One position has become vacant for a Unit 1 member on the Bargaining Team. The nomination period to fill this position will be open from Monday, October 20 at 9:00 a.m. to Monday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Nomination forms are available in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson College. Only Unit 1 members may be nominated for this position.

In order to be nominated, members must:

  • Clearly sign and date their nomination form
  • Have it signed and dated by two other Unit 1 members
  • Deposit it into the nomination box at the CUPE 3903 office before Monday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Clearly sign and date the nomination register on top of the nomination box

For more information, please contact the Election Officers:

Graeme Reniers: graemereniers@gmail.com

Jeffrey Zavala: jzpromo@gmail.com

The nomination and election of Bargaining Team members is governed by the bylaws of CUPE 3903, available here.

Bargaining update #7

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Items in this update: 

  • Bargaining news
  • ‘What’s our vision? Free tuition!’
  • Upcoming meetings, including fall bargaining meetings with the Employer
  • Communications update

Bargaining news

The CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team (BT) met once again with the Employer on Tuesday, October 14. The BT presented the remainder of the Union’s Equity and Transparency bargaining proposals, highlighting in particular those stipulating that the Employer collect equity-group data on graduate school applicants as well as applicants for contract teaching positions at the university. The BT also signed off on one of the Employer’s non-monetary proposals.

Although the Employer refused to move on these proposals, its bargaining team did table ‘counters’ to a handful of the Union’s Equity and Transparency proposals. These ‘counters’ came in response to last week’s meeting, during which BT members expressed frustration with the Employer’s overall lack of movement at the table. For instance, although the BT long ago tabled the majority of the Union’s proposals, the Employer has continuously refused to come back with a package of its own. And until this past week, the Employer failed to respond to any of the Union’s proposals with written counter-proposals.

One of the Employer’s ‘counters’ relates to the Union’s proposal to have the university implement consistent and transparent hiring processes for Teaching Assistant, Graduate Assistant and Unit 1 ‘ticketed’ Course Director positions. Currently, the application process differs across the university – and in certain departments remains entirely unadvertised! One of the Union’s proposals is therefore to make the application process transparent and consistent across the university. Although the Employer expressed some willingness to agree to this particular proposal, its bargaining team also indicated that it considers the implementation of a more transparent hiring process to be conditional upon the Union’s acceptance of a substantial increase in the overall number of ‘tickets,’ which allow Unit 1 members to take on temporary Course Directorships. The Union has long held that such an increase would constitute a concession, since an increase in the number of ‘tickets’ would entail a shifting of work out of the Unit 2 bargaining unit, away from both current and future contract faculty members at York. In an era where there are fewer opportunities for tenure-stream positions, contract teaching in Unit 2 is one of the few areas where graduates of York can find academic employment upon completion of their 6-year minimum guarantee. Hence, it is important that this work be preserved in Unit 2 since, in the long run, it will serve all of us better.

The Employer claims that offering Unit 1 members Course Directorships amounts to professional development. Lecturing is indeed a rewarding experience that can help one hone one’s skills. However, being made to do so without mentorship, with little or no formal teaching training, and little in the way of actual skills-building support can make this kind of work hugely taxing on students completing their coursework, comprehensive exams, and dissertations. Supporting professional development means more than simply throwing students into a Course Directorship. It means offering training and proper monetary support to all aspects of a graduate education. CUPE 3903 has proposals that it will soon be presenting that seek to achieve just that.

The BT continues to wait for a formal response from the Employer on the majority of the Equity and Transparency proposals that have been presented over the past few weeks of negotiations – as well as on the Union’s other proposals. In an effort to expedite the process, the BT ended today’s meeting by requesting that the Employer come back with written responses to the Equity and Transparency bargaining proposals that have already been tabled.

‘What’s our vision? Free tuition!’

From the people who brought you the flash mob…

CUPE 3903 ‘Vision Parade’
Tuesday, October 21
1:00 p.m.
Meet beside the Scott Library
(in the ‘bear pit’)

Everyone out! As many of you know, York University has a contest in which students can offer their vision of a better York for a chance to win free tuition. We thought York should hear from us. What’s our vision? Free tuition! Job security! Free speech! But we need your help!

Join us for our ‘Vision Parade!’ Bring costumes! Bring musical instruments! Most importantly, bring co-workers! We will be meeting in the ‘bear pit’ beside the Scott Library on Tuesday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. At 1:20 p.m. SHARP, we will march to Vari Hall and through York Lanes, encouraging students to join us as we deliver our vision directly to York University. Then, we will march to the open bargaining meeting with the Employer at 3:30 p.m.

Tired of boring union meetings? Then let’s have some fun and raise some hell!

What’s our vision? Free tuition!
What’s our vision? Free tuition!
What’s our vision? Free tuition!
Job security now!

Organized by the Bargaining Mobilization Committee

Upcoming meetings

The next bargaining meeting with the Employer will take place on Tuesday, October 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in S752 Ross Building. A pre-meeting on open bargaining will take place beforehand at 3:00 p.m. in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building.

All bargaining meetings with the Employer for the rest of the fall semester have now been posted in the Events sections of the website:

If necessary, additional bargaining meetings with the Employer may take place on the Fridays following each of these meetings. If another meeting is scheduled, an announcement will be circulated to the members and posted online.

All bargaining meetings with the Employer are open to CUPE 3903 members, and details of the meetings are posted regularly on the website. Visit Events for more information.

All Bargaining Team meetings are also open to CUPE 3903 members. Visit Events for more information.

The next General Membership Meeting (GMM) will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 205 Accolade West Building (ACW)Join and share on Facebook. GMMs are held once a month, and are the highest decision-making bodies of CUPE 3903. All CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to attend and participate in GMMs.

The next Bargaining Mobilization Committee Meeting (BMC) will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m. (location TBA). Please note: the Wednesday BMC meeting replaces the BMC meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday, October 23. The BMC is a space where you can help organize actions, departmental consultations, and other events that engage and mobilize CUPE 3903 members. At this stage in bargaining, BMC meetings take place once a week. Visit Events for more information.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Communications update

All bargaining-related news continues to be added to the bargaining section on the CUPE 3903 website, and emailed to members in the weekly CUPE 3903 Newsletter. Bargaining updates will also now be emailed to members as stand-alone updates as soon as they are produced. To subscribe to the CUPE 3903 Newsletter, please follow these links.

For more information about bargaining, please email 3903bargaining@gmail.com.

To get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

‘What’s our vision? Free tuition!’

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From the people who brought you the flash mob…

CUPE 3903 ‘Vision Parade’
Tuesday, October 21
1:00 p.m.
Meet beside the Scott Library
(in the ‘bear pit’)

Everyone out! As many of you know, York University has a contest in which students can offer their vision of a better York for a chance to win free tuition. We thought York should hear from us. What’s our vision? Free tuition! Job security! Free speech! But we need your help!

Join us for our ‘Vision Parade!’ Bring costumes! Bring musical instruments! Most importantly, bring co-workers! We will be meeting in the ‘bear pit’ beside the Scott Library on Tuesday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. At 1:20 p.m. SHARP, we will march to Vari Hall and through York Lanes, encouraging students to join us as we deliver our vision directly to York University. Then, we will march to the open bargaining meeting with the employer at 3:30 p.m.

Tired of boring union meetings? Then let’s have some fun and raise some hell!

What’s our vision? Free tuition!
What’s our vision? Free tuition!
What’s our vision? Free tuition!
Job security now!

Organized by the Bargaining Mobilization Committee

October GMM: Tentative agenda

General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, October 22
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
205 Accolade West Building
York University

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Agenda *

1) Roll call of the officers and the Bargaining Team (5 minutes)

2) Reading of the Equality Statement

3) Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement

4) Reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) (10 minutes)

  • September 23 GMM

5) Matters arising (40 minutes)

  • Motion(s) served at last meeting (30 minutes)
  • Notice of donation requests (10 minutes)

6) Treasurer’s report and approving expenditures (20 minutes)

7) Correspondence (5 minutes)

8) Executive Committee report(s) (10 minutes)

  • Notice of SGMM on bargaining priorities on Wednesday, November 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (location TBA)

9) Reports of committees and delegates (60 minutes)

  • Bargaining Team report-back (10 minutes); Please see Bylaws Article 17 (4) (b): “The Bargaining Team, with the support of the Executive, shall have ongoing and wide consultation processes with the membership to support its work. To that end, the Bargaining Team shall give report-backs to the membership at all General Membership meetings.”
  • Bargaining Mobilization Committee (30 minutes)
  • Communications Committee (20 minutes)

10) Nominations, Elections, or Oath of Office (15 minutes)

  • Committee elections: two positions on the Communications Committee; three positions (one co-coordinator and two representatives) on the Professional Development Fund Committee; three positions on the Ways and Means Committee

11) Unfinished business (15 minutes)

  • Anti-Racism Working Group report
  • Election bylaws committee report

12) New business

13) Good of the union

14) Adjournment

* Please note that this is only a tentative agenda. It may be slightly amended/updated by the Executive Committee in the days before the GMM.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416.736.5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Bargaining update #6

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Items in this update: 

  • Bargaining news
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Communications update

Bargaining news

Our current Collective Agreements (CAs) expired on August 31, 2014, three years after they took effect. During that time, CUPE 3903 didn’t rest on its laurels, waiting for the next round of bargaining to begin. This is because the CAs are not just pieces of paper, but documents that govern the day-to-day activity of CUPE 3903 members as they go about teaching and learning at York. As many of us know, the Employer isn’t always very good at keeping to what they’ve agreed to, and so in between rounds of bargaining we have to attend many meetings, file many grievances, and organize many actions.

The question of employment equity is no exception: year-round, CUPE 3903 members sit on a committee with the Employer as a way to try to get issues of inequity at the university discussed and solved. This involves pressing new issues as they arise, and pushing the Employer to meet the commitments that it made in 2011, the last round of bargaining. Some issues have begun to be addressed. There has been more monitoring to ensure increased attendance at equity training for administrators, the self-ID equity survey has been made more accessible, and Graduate Assistants have been assigned to help improve the analysis of the equity data that has been collected. However, there is much that needs to be improved.

At the bargaining meeting on October 7, the Bargaining Team (BT) presented several more proposals that aim to improve employment equity at York. While the Employer signaled a willingness to move on certain issues, such as expanding paid training opportunities in line with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and anti-sexual violence education, one of the recommendations of the Metrac audit, it didn’t provide any actual counter-proposals, and declined to agree to elements of the proposals that are very important for CUPE 3903 members: clauses that ensure that Unit 2 hires would be in line with Toronto’s diverse demographics. In other words, we are proposing ways to make departments more diverse. While the Employer has helped gather more data on equity hiring at York, it hasn’t signaled a desire to use this information in a meaningful way. Nor did the Employer appear willing to enhance incumbency provisions for equity-seeking groups. The Employer also remains adamantly opposed to recognizing LGBTQ as an employment equity group at York.

Bargaining is a chance to make the Employer move faster on issues that we know are important to resolve. In between rounds of bargaining, there is little to compel the Employer to do anything more than the bare minimum. The bargaining process is different because we can make the Employer sign on to new commitments, ones they might not otherwise contemplate. This is because we can demonstrate our resolve by refusing to allow things to continue as they have: only during bargaining can we threaten to withdraw our labour. Taking strike action is not always necessary, nor is it something to be considered lightly. But only when the Employer sees that a solid majority of the Union’s members are willing to take such action can we exercise any real leverage at the bargaining table. It is with that leverage that we can win improvements for our members and our students.

At the end of the October 7 meeting, the BT expressed its disappointment at the pace of negotiations. The Employer continues to refuse to provide more than a handful of its own proposals, and has yet to come to the table with even a single concrete counter-proposal. As a result, the CUPE 3903 BT cancelled its Friday meeting with the Employer to give its bargaining team more time to prepare concrete counter-proposals to what we have proposed.

For three years, we have sat across various tables with the Employer, trying to solve problems that we see at the university. Some issues have been resolved, but many remain. The bargaining table is the place where we will finally see substantial movement, but only if members keep up the pressure.

Upcoming meetings

The next bargaining meeting with the Employer will take place on Tuesday, October 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in S752 Ross Building. A pre-meeting on open bargaining will take place beforehand at 2:00 p.m. in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building. All bargaining meetings with the Employer are open to CUPE 3903 members, and details of the meetings are posted regularly on the website. Visit Events for more information.

The next Bargaining Team meeting will take place on Friday, October 10 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building. All Bargaining Team meetings are also open to CUPE 3903 members. Visit Events for more information.

The next General Membership Meeting (GMM) will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 205 Accolade West Building (ACW)Join and share on Facebook. GMMs are held once a month, and are the highest decision-making bodies of CUPE 3903. All CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to attend and participate in GMMs.

The next Bargaining Mobilization Committee Meeting (BMC) will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, in downtown Toronto (map). The following BMC meeting will take place on Thursday, October 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building. The BMC is a space where you can help organize actions, departmental consultations, and other events that engage and mobilize CUPE 3903 members. At this stage in bargaining, BMC meetings take place once a week. Visit Events for more information.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Communications update

All bargaining-related news continues to be added to the bargaining section on the CUPE 3903 website, and emailed to members in the weekly CUPE 3903 Newsletter. Bargaining updates will also now be emailed to members as stand-alone updates as soon as they are produced. To subscribe to the CUPE 3903 Newsletter, please follow these links.

For more information about bargaining, please email 3903bargaining@gmail.com.

To get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

Bargaining update #5

 

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Items in this update: 

  • Bargaining news
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Communications update

Bargaining news

Supported by rank-and-file members, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team (BT) met again with the Employer on Friday, October 3 to carry on discussions around a number of the Union’s equity proposals. However, the Employer would not move on issues such as including LGBTQ as an equity category or improving course scheduling protection (Article 12.22) for equity-seeking groups. The Employer also continues to refuse to use data from the Greater Toronto Area (as opposed to national statistics) to measure equity group under-representation in employment at the university – even though, as the BT pointed out, Toronto and its surrounding communities are unique with respect to population diversity compared to other cities in Canada.

We did get confirmation from the Employer, however, that the remaining 20 members who received late contracts and who have still not been paid will receive their wages through an off-schedule direct deposit on October 10. Also, the Employer confirmed that our Collective Agreement funds (such as Ways and Means, Research Grant and Conference Travel, and the Transsexual Fund) will be released in the next week or two.

CUPE 3903’s BT met again with the Employer on Tuesday, October 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to continue negotiating around our equity and transparency proposals, including adding provisions to the Unit 1 and 3 Collective Agreements around implementing a documented and transparent hiring process for Graduate Assistants and summer Unit 1 Teaching Assistants. Stay tuned for an update on the October 7 bargaining meeting.

In the coming weeks, we hope members will join us at the bargaining table as we try to push the Employer further on matters relating to diversity, equity and transparency within our employment context. In its rhetoric, York proudly claims to be an institution committed to social justice; let’s make that meaningfully reflected the university’s employment practices!

Upcoming meetings

The bargaining meeting with the Employer on Friday, October 10 has been cancelled.

The next bargaining meeting with the Employer will take place on Tuesday, October 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. As soon as the location is confirmed, it will be posted online and shared widely among the members.

All bargaining meetings with the Employer are open to CUPE 3903 members, and details of the meetings are posted regularly on the website. Visit Events for more information.

All Bargaining Team meetings are also open to CUPE 3903 members. Visit Events for more information.

General Membership Meetings (GMMs) are held once a month, and are the highest decision-making bodies of CUPE 3903. All CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to attend and participate in GMMs. The next GMM will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 205 Accolade West Building (ACW)Join and share on Facebook.

The Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC) is a space where you can help organize actions, departmental consultations, and other events that engage and mobilize CUPE 3903 members. At this stage in bargaining, BMC meetings take place once a week. Visit Events for more information.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Communications update

All bargaining-related news continues to be added to the bargaining section on the CUPE 3903 website, and emailed to members in the weekly CUPE 3903 Newsletter. To subscribe to the CUPE 3903 Newsletter, please follow these links.

For more information about bargaining, please email 3903bargaining@gmail.com.

To get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

Bargaining update #4

CUPE 3903 members march through the Student Centre on their way to the September 26 bargaining meeting with the Employer. (photo credit: Bob Hanke)

CUPE 3903 members march through the Student Centre on their way to the September 26 bargaining meeting with the Employer. (photo credit: Bob Hanke)

Items in this update: 

  • Bargaining news
  • Mobilization news
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Communications update

Bargaining news

In September of last year, our Employer attacked our 14 years-strong tuition protections. Contract Faculty are forced to re-apply for their jobs every eight months. Graduate students’ funding can barely cover bills. Protections for equity-seeking groups are inadequate. And York has been very slow over the last three years in implementing improvements that were agreed to in 2011. In this round of bargaining, our local seeks to address these issues and more.

On September 26, CUPE 3903’s Bargaining Team (BT) handed a full bargaining proposal package to our Employer. To kick off negotiations, the BT decided to focus on several equity-oriented proposals that would improve hiring practices at York University. These include:

  • Asking for clearer hiring practices for Course Directorships (CDs) done by graduate students
  • Adding LGBTQ persons to the list of recognized equity-seeking groups hired by the university
  • Ensuring that acceptance letters sent to incoming graduate students clearly inform those students about the protections afforded to them as potential members of 3903
  • Giving members of equity-seeking groups greater flexibility with course scheduling
  • Ensuring that Toronto’s census data (in all its particularities) is used in equity-related hiring

The bargaining meeting on September 30 was the Employer’s first opportunity to respond to these modest proposals. While not outright rejecting any of them, the Employer repeated several times that it wasn’t convinced that the issues presented were of concern to CUPE 3903 members.

Surveys, numerous consultations with members, and countless hours of work by our staff representing members over the past three years have shown that these issues are indeed concerns for members:

  • Hiring practices for graduate student CDs are completely different in each department of the university; they rarely, if ever, include substantial references to qualifications (what in labour lingo is called “Bona-fide Occupational Requirements”); these hires are not made known to all students; and they often have no clear adjudication process
  • While the Employer is “not persuaded the GTA is the right universe of potential candidates” to consider when looking at equity demographics, our Collective Agreements (CAs), signed by the Employer, already include reference to the equity data from the GTA (Article 5.03 of all three agreements)
  • Because the Employer does not inform members about their membership in CUPE 3903, and not all students are fully oriented to their new environment, many members express surprise when they finally learn they are protected by a labour union (and are often happy to learn they are)
  • CUPE 3903 members work all over Ontario, and have pointed out that other universities already include LGBTQ in their hiring considerations
  • As any Contract Faculty member can tell you, having kids and cobbling together a living at several universities make scheduling a nightmare

As our 2011 round of bargaining demonstrated, our Employer tends to be “disinclined” to make movement on our proposals until we show how serious we are about achieving real movement at the bargaining table. Only in making your voice heard will our Employer respect our demands.

Mobilization news

“About 30 CUPE 3903 members mobilized for the latest bargaining meeting with the employer, including rank-and-file members, members of the Bargaining Team, members of the Executive Committee, and staff. In fact, the turnout by CUPE 3903 members was so large that the meeting had to be moved to a bigger room….”

Read the full report here.

Upcoming meetings

All bargaining meetings with the Employer are open to CUPE 3903 members, and details of the meetings are posted regularly on the website. Visit Events for more information.

All Bargaining Team meetings are also open to CUPE 3903 members. Visit Events for more information.

General Membership Meetings (GMMs) are held once a month, and are the highest decision-making bodies of CUPE 3903. All CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to attend and participate in GMMs. The next GMM will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 205 Accolade West Building (ACW). Join and share on Facebook.

The Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC) is a space where you can help organize actions, departmental consultations, and other events that engage and mobilize CUPE 3903 members. At this stage in bargaining, BMC meetings take place once a week. Visit Events for more information.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.

Communications update

All bargaining-related news continues to be added to the bargaining section on the CUPE 3903 website, and emailed to members in the weekly CUPE 3903 Newsletter. To subscribe to the CUPE 3903 Newsletter, please follow these links.

The Communications Committee and the Bargaining Mobilization Committee are also developing a dedicated website on bargaining that will be accessible to both CUPE 3903 members and allies. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information about bargaining, please email 3903bargaining@gmail.com.

To get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

Good member turnout at bargaining meeting

CUPE 3903 members pose in front of Vari Hall, just before the bargaining meeting with the Employer on September 26, 2014.

CUPE 3903 members pose in front of Vari Hall, just before the bargaining meeting with the Employer on September 26, 2014.

About 30 CUPE 3903 members mobilized for the latest bargaining meeting with the Employer, including rank-and-file members, members of the Bargaining Team, members of the Executive Committee, and staff. In fact, the turnout by CUPE 3903 members was so large that the meeting had to be moved to a bigger room.

The meeting took place took place on Friday, September 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in 280N York Lanes. Four people were present for the Employer’s bargaining team.

CUPE 3903 members met at the local office beforehand to make hand-made signs and placards, expressing their demands to the Employer during this round of bargaining. Members, representing all three units, also made signs to show which departments were present in the meeting.

A sampling of the handmade signs and placards that members brought to the bargaining meeting

A sampling of the handmade signs and placards that members brought to the bargaining meeting

The mobilization of members for bargaining meetings with the Employer is organized by the Bargaining Mobilization Committee. The next open bargaining pre-meeting is Tuesday, September 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building, to be followed by a bargaining meeting with the employer from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in S802 Ross Building.

Stay tuned for a more detailed report about the bargaining meeting from Bargaining Team members. Past bargaining updates are available here.

If you would like to be part of the next mobilization of support for upcoming bargaining meetings with the Employer, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

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Getting ready to march to the bargaining meeting

Getting ready to march to the bargaining meeting

Members carried signs for their departments and units.

Members carried signs for their departments and units.

Posing for pictures in the Student Centre

Posing for pictures in the Student Centre

 

Marching through York Lanes to the bargaining meeting

Marching through York Lanes to the bargaining meeting

Members arrive at the bargaining meeting with the Employer.

Members arrive at the bargaining meeting with the Employer.

As more members arrived, the meeting had to be moved to a bigger room.

As more members arrived, the meeting had to be moved to a bigger room.