Funding Clawbacks from Members with Extensions

Members of Unit 1 entering their seventh year of a PhD program who have been granted a funding extension should have received the minimum guarantee for year 6 over the summer. We have received reports that this has not occurred, and are collecting information on all those affected. If you are entering year 7 with an extension and have not received $5,384 as minimum guarantee in addition to the Graduate Financial Assistance (GFA) ($814 for domestic students or $1295 for international students) this summer, please contact Sheila Wilmot, our Equity Officer, at cupe3903.equity.officer@gmail.com

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Call Out for Delegates: CUPE National Convention

The CUPE National Convention will take place in Toronto on October 2-6. We will be sending delegates to represent the local. Delegates have voting power and can help push important issues and innovations within CUPE National. Registration fees are fully covered, and delegates will receive a per diem.

Elections for four delegates will take place at the August 23 GMM. If you would like to be a delegate, please email cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com.

Bylaw Amendment and Committee Election Results

Several balloted votes took place at the July 26 General Membership Meeting. The results are as follows:

Ways and Means Committee: Chantell Morais

Bylaw Amendment: Article 17 2. Election of Negotiating Teams – delete point (f) to remove the selection of a chief negotiator

For: 24
Against: 1

Amendment passes

Bylaw Amendment: Article 14(iii) – Specify that election ballots must be locked away and create recount policies

For: 23
Against: 2

Amendment passes

Bylaw Amendment: Article 10 – Change the election of the Research Grants Fund and Travel Costs Fund Committee to September

For: 24
Against: 1

Amendment passes

Executive Committee Vacancy: Chief Steward Unit 4

Joanne Wadden has resigned from the position of Chief Steward Unit 4 due to a job opportunity. Best of luck Joanne!

Nominations are now open to fill this vacancy, and will close on August 8 at 5pm. This position is open to any member of Unit 4 (part-time librarians) in good standing. Candidates must fill out a nomination form, available at the CUPE 3903 office (143 Atkinson), and sign the register. The nomination form must be signed by two members of Unit 4.

Unfair Labour Practice Update

After many months of negotiations following the April 11 mediation date, CUPE 3903’s Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) suit has been placed in abeyance. This means that the Ontario Labour Board, as well as both parties, have agreed not to hold hearings on this matter for the time being, so that we can focus on bargaining. As per the agreement, once we are in a strike or lock-out position, the matter can be brought before the Board once again. This means that York is on notice: bargain in good faith or this ULP will return, right as tensions are highest.

More information on the ULP is available below.

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July 26 Tentative GMM Agenda

CUPE 3903 General Membership Meeting
Date: July 26, 2017
Location: Harry Crowe, 109 Atkinson
4pm-7pm

Join and share the event on Facebook here!

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. Approval of June 27, 2017 GMM Minutes
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Bargaining Team Report & Proposals
    1. Bargaining Parameters (for reference)
    2. Bargaining Team Report
    3. Continuing with Bargaining Proposals (brought forward by Bargaining Team)
  8. Notices of Motion
    1. Donation to Rising Tide Toronto for Toxic Tour event ($1,500)
    2. Donation to WCCC Toronto for Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation, and Genocide event
  9. Committee Updates
    1. Vacancies
    2. Nominations
    3. Acclamations
    4. Elections
  10. Matters Arising (time permitting)
    1. Destruction of Ballot Boxes
    2. Donation to Toronto Against Fascism ($1,000)
    3. Donation to Parkdale Organize for Parkdale Rent Strike
    4. Donation to the YU Divest Campaign ($1,000)
    5. Proposed bylaw amendment to Article 10: Committees
    6. Proposed bylaw amendments to Article 14: III Election(s) Phase
  11. Executive Reports
  12. 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.

Committee Vacancies

There are currently four committees with vacancies: Ways & Means Committee, CUPE Toronto District Council, Labour Management Committee (Unit 3 only), and Toronto & York Region Labour Council. A description of each committee can be found below. If you would like to get involved, sitting on a committee (or two!) is a great way to contribute to your local. Every committee position includes an honorarium.

The nomination period is open until July 25, 5 pm. To nominate yourself, email Julian at cupe3903vpu2@gmail.com. Contested positions will be elected at the July 26 General Membership Meeting.

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TFAC Meeting

Wednesday, July 12th, 12pm – 2pm, Union office

Our next TFAC meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, July 12th, 12pm – 2pm, Union office.

A large share of our meeting will be again devoted to discussing bargaining proposals. We will also be discussing future TFAC projects and TFAC strategies for orientations in the Fall. Please join us!

All trans, woman identified, gender queer and gender variant CUPE 3903 members are members of TFAC and are welcome to join our meetings.

If you have any questions, or would like something on the agenda, please get in touch (tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com).

Job Posting: Graphic Designer

Job title: Graphic Designer
Location: CUPE 3903, York University, Toronto

CUPE 3903 is a local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing Teaching Assistants, Contract Faculty, Graduate Assistants, and Part-time Librarians and Archivists.

We require the assistance of a professional graphics designer who can produce visual materials as part of a bargaining campaign for internal and external communications. The content will be distributed on our website, social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter in particular), as well as through conventional printed leaflets and advertisements.

We project that most of the work will take place over the month of August. Applicants must be available to attend meeting and complete design-related tasks in the period from July 2017 to November 2017. The successful candidate is expected to work with their own software and facilities. Hours are flexible.

The successful candidate will be required to work in conjunction with the CUPE 3903 Communications Committee. The Committee will seek to provide initial guidance, ongoing feedback, as well as final approval of the work that is done.

Preference will be given to applicants who are members of CUPE 3903, or, should none be found, members of a union.

This is a non-unionized position in a unionized workplace in which staff are members of CUPE 1281.

Remuneration will be $53.31 per hour. The length of the contract cannot exceed 150 hours. There shall be no contracting out or sub-contracting for any of the work described in the job posting. The employer will not cover software costs.

Please submit your letter of interest, C.V., and samples of previous work by 5 pm on July 21, 2017 via email:

To: cupe3903comms@gmail.com
Subject: Application for Graphics Designer

Interested applicants may direct any queries to cupe3903comms@gmail.com.

CUPE 3903 is committed to employment equity and particularly encourages applications from persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, two-spirited, queer and trans persons, persons from racialized groups, Aboriginal persons, and women.

June 27 GMM: Tentative Agenda

CUPE 3903 General Membership Meeting
Date: June 27, 2017
Location: Harry Crowe, 109 Atkinson
12pm-3pm

Join and share the event on Facebook here!

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. Approval of May 30 GMM Minutes
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Bargaining Team Report
    1. Bargaining Parameters (for reference)
    2. Bargaining Proposals (to be brought forward by Bargaining Team)
  8. Notices of Motion
  9. Committee Nominations, Vacancies, Acclamations, Elections
    1. Acclamations
    2. Vacancies
  10. Matters Arising
    1. Donation to Toronto Against Fascism ($1,000)
    2. Donation to Parkdale Organize for Parkdale Rent Strike
    3. Donation to the YU Divest Campaign ($1,000)
    4. Proposed bylaw amendment to Article 10: Committees
    5. Proposed bylaw amendments to Article 14: III Election(s) Phase
  11. Executive Reports
  12. 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.