Poll Clerks Needed for Strike Mandate Vote

While we are getting ready for the Strike Mandate Vote and despite a good contribution of our members to help in the election, we still need more poll clerks in the following times/locations to fill our five polling stations. These positions are paid $15/hr and Only members of CUPE 3903 can apply:

Keele Campus Polling Stations:

Vari Hall Link: Jan. 22 from 8:45 to 14:30

William Small Centre:  

Jan. 22 from 8:45 to 13 and from 13 to 17:15

Jan. 23 from 8:45 to 13

Vanier College: Jan. 23 from 8:45 to 13

Mobile Station:

Jan. 24 and 25 from 13 to 17

If you are interested in working as a poll clerk, please email cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com

In your email, please briefly indicate:

  • the exact shift(s) that you can work (date, time, location)
  • your cell phone number,
  • whether you have any experience

January 15 Bargaining Report: Employer Tables Another Concession

On Monday, January 15, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer and the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, Greg Long.

The bargaining team has prepared a comparative table of the proposals: Bargaining Proposals and Responses up to January 15. All of the proposal documents which have been tabled so far are available on the Reports page.

We are very disappointed that no substantive bargaining has occurred since October. The employer seems to be investing more resources and energy into a misleading PR campaign than negotiating. It is becoming increasingly clear that without a show of strength, CUPE 3903 will be forced to accept concessionary contracts.

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Vote YES for a Strong Strike Mandate: January 22-26

The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee and Bargaining Team are calling for a strong strike mandate vote. A ‘YES’ vote empowers the bargaining team to negotiate a good deal for all three units. A strong strike mandate puts pressure on the employer to negotiate a fair deal. As we have detailed in nearly all the Bargaining Reports, the employer has so far made a mockery of the bargaining process. Without a strong “yes” vote, we will not only fail to gain improvements; there is a strong probability we will be forced to accept concessions.

There will be two Special General Membership Meetings to discuss the strike mandate vote, both in the Harry Crowe room (109 Atkinson):

Voting will open at the January 19 SGMM, and continue from Monday January 22, to Friday January 26.

Polling Stations

Keele Campus:

  • Vari Hall link: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Vanier College (front lobby): 9 am – 5 pm
  • William Small Centre (near the Time Hortons): 9 am – 5 pm

There will also be a roaming station. If you require the polling station to come to your office for accessibility reasons, please contact Hossein at cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Glendon Campus:

  • across from the cafeteria: 11 am – 3 pm

More information on the Strike Mandate Vote is below.

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Employer Wilfully Misleads York Community, Continues to Delay Bargaining

York claims that the union is rejecting increases to benefits. As this screenshot from their counters package shows, they are the ones who have said "no" to increases for dental, vision, and paramedical.

York claims that the union is rejecting increases to benefits. As this screenshot from their counters package shows, they are the ones who have said “no” to increases for dental, vision, and paramedical.

On Thursday, January 11, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer and the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, Greg Long.

All of the proposal documents which have been tabled so far are available on the Reports page.

The employer began the day by complaining about rank-and-file members’ tweets again, demonstrating that they are still policing members’ social media accounts rather than focusing on bargaining. It is clear that this time could be better allocated, as the employer remains a firm “no” on 60 proposals. Most of these refusals are without explanation or rationale. The document provided to the union (which can be found here) clearly shows York’s complete intransigence in the face of proposals that would greatly improve not only the livelihoods of our members, but the quality of education at York — for example job security for contract faculty, reducing class sizes, and training Teaching Assistants to respond to disclosures of sexual violence.

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CUPE 3903 Reaffirms Bargaining Priorities

On January 10, 2018, the CUPE 3903 General Membership Meeting discussed the state of bargaining and passed motions reaffirming the importance of securing job security for contract faculty (Unit 2), securing graduate funding and including the fellowship funding model for Units 1 and 3, equity in the workplace, and resisting all concessions.

The lack of movement on these issues is the reason why the Executive Committee and Bargaining Team have called for a Strike Mandate Vote on January 22-26. Vote YES to empower the bargaining team and send a clear signal to the employer that we won’t settle without a fair contract.

The full text of the motions is below.

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January 8 Bargaining Update: Concessions Remain on the Table

On Monday, January 8, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer and the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, Greg Long.

A comparative table of proposals and responses has been prepared by the bargaining team: Bargaining Proposals and Responses up to January 8. All of the proposal documents which have been tabled so far are available on the Reports page.

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Poll Clerks Needed for Strike Mandate Vote

Poll clerks are needed to staff polling stations during the Strike Mandate Vote. These positions are paid $15/hr and poll clerks may work multiple shifts. Only members of CUPE 3903 can apply and preference will be given to members with previous experience, though all members are encouraged to apply. Here are the times and locations that poll clerks need to attend:

SGMM Polling Station (Jan. 19th) 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Keele Campus Polling Stations (Jan. 22 to 26th):

  • Vari Hall Link 8:45 am to 8:15 pm
  • William Small Centre 8:45 am to 5:15 pm
  • Vanier College 8:45 am to 5:15 pm
  • Mobile Station 10:45 am to 5:15 pm (number of days may be reduced)

Glendon Campus Polling Station (Jan. 22 to 26th): 10:45 am to 3:15 pm

If you are interested in working as a poll clerk, please email cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com

In your email, please briefly indicate:

  • the exact shift(s) that you can work (date, time, location)
  • your cell phone number,
  • whether you have any experience

Jan. 10 GMM on Bargaining Priorities – Tentative Agenda

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday Jan. 10, 2017
5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Accolade West (ACW) 206

Join and share the event on Facebook here!

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equality Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Approval of Minutes
    1. Oct. 12, 2017 SGMM
    2. Dec. 7, 2017 GMM
  6. Bargaining Priorities
  7. Committee Elections
    1. International Graduate Students Committee
    2. Toronto and York Region Labour Council
    3. CUPE Toronto District Council
    4. Professional Development Fund Committee (PDF Representative)
  8. Delegation to Labour Notes Conference
  9. 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.

December 20 Bargaining Report

On Wednesday, December 20, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer for the last bargaining meeting of 2017. It was a brief meeting, but the union has now presented its full proposal package.

A comparative table of proposals and responses has been prepared by the bargaining team: Bargaining Proposals and Responses up to December 20. All of the proposal documents which have been tabled so far are available on the Reports page

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