Appreciation cookies

York’s Co-op Daycare – a facility that receives support from York University because of 3903’s efforts to ensure that its members have access to daycare for their children – recently sent us a gift of appreciation: cookies! Thanks, everyone!

Photo: A hand holding a shortbread cookie, and a red box with a card reading "you can guess what's inside! To: CUPE. From: Daycare."

Photo: A hand holding a shortbread cookie, and a red box with a card reading “you can guess what’s inside! To: CUPE. From: Daycare.”

 

Notice of vacancy: Bargaining Team Recording Secretary

The CUPE 3903 red-star logo

The CUPE 3903 red-star logo

The position of Recording Secretary (non-voting) has become vacant on the Bargaining Team. At its next meeting (details TBA), the Executive Committee will appoint a member in good standing to fill the position on a pro-tem basis.

In keeping with the bylaws, this position will be advertised as vacant for the agenda of the next General Membership Meeting (details TBA), where nominations will be opened and elections held as per Article 14 (Elections). At this point, the Election Officers will initiate an election process.

The responsibilities of the Recording Secretary (non-voting) of the Bargaining are described in Article 17 (Bargaining) of the bylaws.

Members in good standing and of any unit who are interested in filling the position of Recording Secretary (non-voting) on the Bargaining Team should email their name, unit and contact details to the Recording Secretary of the Executive Committee at recsec.cupe3903@gmail.com.

Member advisory: Temporary moratorium on Ways & Means Fund

The CUPE 3903 red-star logo

The CUPE 3903 red-star logo

Preliminary work on the external audit has revealed a number of issues related to our Ways & Means Fund that require a temporary moratorium on allocations. The matter appears to be the result of an administrative error, but will be further investigated. More details will be available at upcoming General Membership Meetings.

At this time, there will be no further disbursements of the fund until the membership meets and can vote on potential options. All current submissions to the Ways & Means Committee will be held in confidence pending decisions by the membership. The moratorium on disbursements should not be taken as a reflection of the validity of pending requests.

The Executive Committee regrets any inconvenience or distress this situation may have caused. Questions should be directed to the Secretary Treasurer at sectreasurer3903@gmail.com.

Member advisory: Please confirm your enrolment in the health benefits plan

Enrolment forms for the CUPE 3903 health benefits plan are available in the union office and online.

Enrolment forms for the CUPE 3903 health benefits plan are available in the union office and online.

All members who enrolled or re-enrolled in the Sun Life health benefits plan by fax or email this semester are strongly advised to email the York Pension and Benefits Office at askpb@yorku.ca to confirm that your form was properly processed and that you are presently registered on Sun Life’s system. There is a growing number of failures in form processing by York that the union has become aware of.

If you find out that York did not process your enrolment form, please contact the union office right away to request assistance to get this corrected.

Members who have not yet registered in the health benefits plan may do so at anytime. Enrolment forms are available in the CUPE 3903 office, 143 Atkinson Building, or online, and may be submitted to the Pension and Benefits Office by fax or email or in person.

CANCELLED: Bargaining Mobilization Committee meeting

Toronto snow storm 2

A downtown Toronto street in winter

Due to the worsening weather conditions, the Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC) meeting that was scheduled for this evening has been CANCELLED. Stay tuned for details about the next BMC meeting.

For more information, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com, CUPE3903chiefstewardunit2@gmail.com or CUPE3903chiefstewardunit3@gmail.com.

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December GMM: Tentative agenda

York in winter

A winter scene on the Keele campus, York University

General Membership Meeting

Monday, December 15
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
280N York Lanes
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 Acknowledgment

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

  • November 17 GMM

5) Matters arising (60 minutes)

  • Motion tabled at November 17 GMM:
    • Motion regarding line-item 6080: Conferences (10 minutes)
  • Notice of motion served at December 4 SGMM:
    • Motion regarding member database software (10 minutes)
  • Items tabled from November 17 GMM:
    • Bargaining Mobilization Committee report (15 minutes): CUPE Food Bank Challenge; ongoing mobilization plan
    • Communications Committee report (15 minutes)
    • Trial Committee report (10 minutes)

6) Treasurer’s report and approving expenditures (10 minutes)

7) Correspondence (5 minutes)

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

9) Reports of committees and delegates (40 minutes)

  • 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.”
  • Bargaining Mobilization Committee (15 minutes)
  • Senate representative (10 minutes)

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

  • Committee elections: one delegate position for CUPE Toronto District Council

11) Unfinished business

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 #14

The Bargaining Team and members at the beginning of the bargaining meeting with the Employer on December 2

The Bargaining Team and members at the start of the meeting with the Employer on December 2

Items in this update: 

  • Bargaining news
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Pictures from the bargaining meeting

Bargaining news

Supported by a large number of rank-and-file members, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team (BT) met with the Employer on Tuesday, December 2 to get the Employer’s responses on the Unit 2 job security proposals that were presented the week before. The BT also discussed the Union’s Wages and Benefits proposals.

The Employer provided verbal responses to 3903’s job security proposals around qualifications. Additionally, it tabled counters to our conversion, Long-Service Teaching Appointments (LSTA), and Continuing Sessional Status proposals – the first major counter that the Union has received from the Employer during negotiations. Nonetheless, the Employer’s counters were quite problematic, to say the least, coming nowhere near what we are asking for. The BT is currently working on a detailed response to these counter-proposals, but this much is clear: they do not even begin to address contract faculty’s concerns around employment precarity and stabilizing our work.

We did not even get a response around some important proposals, such as treating Unit 2 faculty as “internal” candidates for all tenure-track hires (professorial and alternate-stream) and Contractually Limited Appointments (CLAs) within the York University Faculty Association (YUFA). The Employer instead made vague comments about the constraints imposed by the University’s budget that would limit the number of tenure-stream hires in general at York. We don’t buy this. Departments are being told by Deans that they will get new hires to restore York’s depleted faculty complement. The Employer is also aware of the large number of looming retirements of faculty who have taught beyond normal retirement age but are now entering their 70s. In short, there is an imminent faculty crisis of even greater proportion than that of the last decade headed York’s way. York needs more tenure-stream faculty and we are more than ready and willing to step up to the plate to take on these positions.

After hearing back from the Employer, the BT advised that we are filing for conciliation, as we have not seen any significant movement on most of the three units’ proposals. Our hope is that a conciliator will help our Employer recognize the importance of the proposals we are advancing and how they attempt to address a number of serious problems and gross inequities associated with our work at York. As we said at the beginning of negotiations, York is “broken” and we are presenting a number of important solutions that will benefit both our members and the students we teach. We hope that, through the conciliation process, the BT will be able to extract a more substantial and positive response from the Employer.

For the remainder of the meeting, the BT focused on presenting our wages and benefits proposals, including implementing a refund for transportation for off-campus residents and reducing rent for members living on campus. The BT emphasized our proposal that will ensure that the minimum guarantee for Unit 1 members will not be offset by scholarships and other forms of funding. We also discussed making increases to our Ways and Means and Extended Health Benefits funds, improved funding for childcare, better-paid maternity leave, and improvements around post-retirement benefits and continuing access to work and post-retirement benefits after starting your pension.

Upcoming meetings

The Employer ended the meeting by promising a comprehensive response to our proposals at our next bargaining session on Tuesday, December 16, which will be a day-long meeting, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (location to be announced shortly). Please come out to support the BT as we try to negotiate a fair settlement for CUPE 3903 members.

The BT encourages all members to attend bargaining sessions with Employer.

The next meeting of the Bargaining Mobilization Committee (BMC) will take place on Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (location to be announced shortly). This meeting will focus on all the tasks related to the mobilization for a strike mandate vote in January 2015. All members of CUPE 3903 are welcome to participate.

If you have any items for the agenda, or would like to get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com.

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For meeting dates, times and locations, please see Events.

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.

Pictures from the bargaining meeting

Presenting proposals to the Employer

Presenting proposals to the Employer

The view from the Employer's side of the table

The view from the Employer’s side of the table

The Employer's Bargaining Team

The Employer’s Bargaining Team

Another view from the Employer's side

Another view from the Employer’s side

Greg speaking

Bargaining Team members discuss their proposals.

More discussion

More discussion

Responding to the Employer

Responding to the Employer

Members offer feedback to the Bargaining Team.

Members offer feedback to the Bargaining Team.

More discussion among Bargaining Team members

More discussion among Bargaining Team members

Members review the bargaining proposals.

Members review the bargaining proposals.

Smiling for the camera

Smiling for the camera

Members discuss proposals with the Bargaining Team.

Members discuss proposals with the Bargaining Team.

More member discussion

More member discussion

More member discussion

More member discussion

Members respond to Bargaining Team members.

Members offer feedback.

 

CUPE meet-up planned for Glendon campus

Glendon campus

York University, Glendon Campus

Please join us to discuss a range of union-wide concerns, including:

  • Updates on bargaining (especially job security and workload proposals)
  • The University’s recent AAPR (Academic and Administrative Program Review) reports
  • The upcoming January vote for a strike mandate
  • What CUPE 3903 is doing to mobilize for bargaining

FREE food (vegetarian and gluten-free pizza) will be provided, along with hot tea. Please bring a mug! If you can, please also bring a dessert to share with the group.

All members of CUPE 3903 are welcome to attend.

CUPE meet-up
Monday, December 8
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
B 202 York Hall, Glendon campus

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For more information, please email CUPEGlendon2014@gmail.com.

Members set dates for strike mandate vote

CUPE 3903 logo

CUPE 3903 Logo

It was standing room only at the Special General Membership Meeting on December 4, as almost 150 members of CUPE 3903 met to discuss setting dates for a strike mandate vote and developing the Union’s mobilization strategy. At the beginning of the meeting, members of the Executive Committee and the Bargaining Mobilization Committee made three short presentations on possible timelines. There was near unanimous agreement that a strike vote is urgently needed, given the Employer’s disappointing responses to the Union’s bargaining proposals. The main debate was over what kind of mobilization we need, and what kind of timeline we need to get it.

After an extensive and productive discussion, the meeting voted by a large margin to set voting dates for a strike mandate for January 26 to 30, 2015.

Members also began discussion about the Union’s mobilization strategy, which will include a series of campus-wide events in the first three weeks of January, along with another round of local departmental meetings. There have already been 17 departmental luncheons this semester, all of them including detailed discussion of the Union’s bargaining proposals and the Bargaining Team’s experience at the bargaining table. More will take place at the start of the next semester.

Now that dates have been set for a strike mandate vote, all members are encouraged to join the mobilization. The next meeting of the Bargaining Mobilization Committee will take place on Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Toronto (location TBA).

This meeting will focus on all the tasks related to the mobilization for a strike mandate vote in January 2015. All members of CUPE 3903 are welcome to participate.

If you have any items for the agenda, or would like to get involved in the Bargaining Mobilization Committee, please email CUPE3903csu1@gmail.com, cupe3903chiefstewardunit2@gmail.com or cupe3903chiefstewardunit3@gmail.com.

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Unit 2 Town Hall: Bargaining update, AAPR, strike mandate vote & mobilization

Town Hall microphone

Please join us to discuss a range of Unit 2 issues, as well as union-wide concerns. The discussion will include:

  • Updates on bargaining (especially job security and workload proposals)
  • The University’s recent AAPR (Academic and
    Administrative Program Review) reports
  • The upcoming January vote for a strike mandate
  • What CUPE 3903 is doing to mobilize for bargaining

All members of CUPE 3903 are welcome to attend.

Town hall meeting
Wednesday, December 10
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
519 Kaneff Tower

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For more information, please email CUPE3903vpu2@gmail.com or CUPE3903chiefstewardunit2@gmail.com.