Unit 4 Bargaining Update #10

On Friday, June 24, the bargaining team met with the employer to continue bargaining Unit 4’s (part-time librarians and archivists) first collective agreement.

The employer discussed the CUPE 3903 Academic Freedom article in regard to existing guidelines for University e-mail.  Subsequently, our Article regarding Academic Freedom was agreed upon.

The Employer also offered a proposal for the article regarding Formal Evaluation.  It was noted that our contract heretofore did not include an Informal Evaluation article. It was agreed that this article should be added to the contract by both sides.  After some discussion, CUPE representatives and Unit 4 members countered with slightly modified articles for the Informal and Formal Evaluation process.  These were agreed upon.

We are now closing in on the substantive articles of our Collective Agreement: Roles and Responsibilities, Postings, and Compensation.

At present, no bargaining dates are scheduled.  We will soon receive proposed dates from the Department of Faculty Relations.  Watch for these dates on the Unit 4 page.

Call for Nominations: Conversion and Career Advisor for 2016-17

Dr. Kym Bird, our Conversion and Career Advisor for 2015-16, has recently let us know that she will be taking a sabbatical as of July 1st.

CUPE 3903 members need to nominate a Faculty Tenure Stream Faculty member to the position of a Conversion and Careers advisor. The Conversion and Careers Advisor will need to be a tenured professor with a sympathetic approach and excellent understanding of the, hiring, conversion and tenure process. The overall purpose of the Career Advisor will be to assist in career planning and Professional Development for CUPE 3903 Unit 2 members who request assistance by helping them to prepare for a tenure-stream search at York University and other Universities and to provide advice about other career opportunities The position will be for one year and will normally carry with it an one-course release.

For nominations or further information please contact Raj Virk (rvirk66@gmail.com). Nominations close on Monday, August 1, 2016.


Unit 4 Bargaining Update #9

The bargaining team met the employer on Friday, June 10, but nothing was accomplished.

On Monday June 13, 2016 we resumed bargaining. The Employer presented a proposal regarding Long-term Disability which had been previously agreed upon. However, members of Unit 4 noted that the criterion (cut-off for eligibility) for the article did not relate meaningfully to the financial realities inherent in Unit 4 contracts. Accordingly, it was withdrawn by CUPE 3903 for further consideration.

The employer also offered a counter-proposal to the Unit 4 Academic Freedom article which did not include a clause regarding electronic monitoring of employees in the work place, which is standard in CUPE 3903’s collective agreements.

Also, the employer tabled counter-proposals for benefits, which mirrored existing contracts for the other three units, except for the 5 month extension after the end of the last contract, which is crucial to Unit 4 because of the precarious and limited nature of part-time contracts. Again, after discussion, and a discussion regarding standard CUPE pension articles, the articles were withdrawn by the University.

In further general discussion the Employer argued that we should view our contract as a “first-contract”. Accordingly, in the Employer’s view, Unit 4 should not have a Collective Agreement equal or comparable in compensation or benefits to that “earned” by other CUPE 3903 units over decades of collective bargaining. In short, the employer has argued that we must view any agreement present or future as “incremental” and unequal to that of other bargaining units. The absurdity of this position was noted. This line of reasoning, considering basic principles of social justice and equality, was not accepted by CUPE 3903 and Unit 4. Union representatives demanded that Unit 4 must have parity with existing agreements.

It was suggested by the employer we move to a discussion of the Formal Evaluation process. The bargaining team informed the employer that we would not move forward with further discussions until there was an agreement on the article regarding Academic Freedom as tabled — a discussion which has dragged on now for many weeks. The Executive Director of the Department of Faculty Relations suggested he could not agree to the Article as tabled without consulting the University Provost. The meeting ended.

Bargaining resumes June 24, 2016 at 9:30 in YL 280 A.

Read previous bargaining updates and other information on the Unit 4 Bargaining page.

Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC) Meeting, June 8

Next TFAC Meeting!

The Trans Feminist Action Caucus is meeting on June 8, 2016, at 1pm in the union office (143 Atkinson). All trans, woman identified, gender queer and gender variant CUPE 3903 members are members of TFAC and are welcome to join TFAC meetings.

At this meetings member can expect to discuss the role TFAC can play in addressing current equity concerns in the local, discuss how CUPE 3903 and TFAC interests are represented at Conventions, and elect/appoint a committee member to adjudicate the Sexual Assault Support Fund.

The flyer for this meeting can be downloaded here.

Reports of Missing Summer Funding Trickling in

We are hearing reports from many members that summer funding is missing. If you are a minimum guarantee student — that is, if you do not hold an external scholarship — you should be paid the balance of your funding package (minimum guarantee minus the TA or GA position you held Sept-April) during the summer months.

Unit 1 members (PhD students) might be offered a 0.5 TA or a GA contract over the summer. If you have not been offered work you should still be paid on the 25th of each month.

Unit 3 members are paid out in one lump sum in mid-June. See pages 23-24 in our Member’s Manual for more information and to understand what to expect.

If you have not been paid or have not been properly paid, please contact me (Stephanie Latella, Chief Steward Unit 1,cupe3903csu1@gmail.com) or Jacqueline Ristola, Chief Steward Unit 3 (cupe3903csu3@gmail.com). We will be compiling this information to hold the administration to account. In your email, please detail your status (program, year, domestic/international).

May 31 GMM: Tentative Agenda

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 31
12:00 am – 3:30 pm
Harry Crowe Room (Atkinson 109)

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Tentative Agenda:

1. Roll call of officers
2. Reading of the Equality Statement
3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Reading and Approval of Minutes (2016 AGM, April GMM)
6. Notices
8. Nominations, Elections or Installations
9. Unfinished Business
 a) Donation to “York Graduate Conference in Philosophy: Memory & Social Cognition” ($200)
 b) Donation to “International Campaign Against the War on the People of India (Toronto)”   ($500)
 c) Donation to “Vision(s) of Politics: The Thought of Sheldon Wolin Conference” ($240)
 d) Donation to “The Grassy Narrows River Run 2016” ($2000)
 e) Donation to the “2nd Tamil Studies Symposium” at York ($1500)
 f) Donation to “the South Asia Research group (SARG) at York Centre for Asian Research for the  event “Caste in the Diaspora: Oral Histories of South Asians in Canada” ($1000)
 g) Endorsement request from The 15 years of Imperialist War in Afghanistan Campaign
 h) Endorsement request from Fossil Free York
 i) Endorsement request from Regenesis Toronto Ecovillage Project
 j) Discussion on the new funding (fellowship) model (45 minutes)
9. Matters Arising
10. New Business
11. Reports of committees and delegates
12. Executive Reports
13. Good of the Union
14. Adjournment

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.

Trans Fund Deadline May 31

CUPE 3903 has a fund available to members from the broadest diversity of gender identifications and orientations, including but not limited to gender queer, transsexual, gender variant, intersex, and transgender.
Current CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to apply to the fund for any trans* related necessities and surgeries. Please see the application form for possible items covered.The Trans Fund will be administered three times a year (May 31, Sept. 30, Jan. 31) except in emergency situations where members can apply to the committee on an on going basis.

Members can draw on this fund to an annual maximum of $5000 and a lifetime maximum of $15,000. Priority will be given to first time applicants. Provided applicants were members at the time expenses were incurred, applications for past expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Members whose previous claims were adjudicated by Ways and Mens will also be reconsidered. If the total expense of a members claim has not been met, they can reapply in subsequent years.

How to Apply: Application forms can be downloaded from the 3903 website.

Click on ‘Trans Fund Application’ under ‘Useful forms and documents’ or go here: