Nominations Open – May Day Planning Committee 2022 – Deadline December 14, 2021

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If you are interested in representing CUPE 3903 at the May Day Planning Committee, which is planning a rally in downtown Toronto for May 1, 2022, International Workers’ Day, then consider putting your name forward. Please email Jacob McLean, Recording Secretary, at recsec.cupe3903@gmail.com by December 14, 2021.

Nominations Open – Chief Steward Unit 1 – Deadline December 14th

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Due to a resignation, the position of Chief Steward Unit 1 is now open and needs to be filled. All members of Unit 1 in good standing are eligible to nominate themselves; you will need to fill out the nomination form: https://form.jotform.com/cupe3903/election-nomination-form

If there is more than one member running, the nomination period will be followed by a two-week campaign period and a five-day election (via Simply Voting).

Timeline:
Nomination period (2 weeks): December 1 – December 14
Campaign period (2 weeks): December 15 – December 28
Voting period (5 days): December 29 – December 3

For more information or questions, please contact the Election Officers at: cupe3903eo@gmail.com

2020-21 Retroactive Wages Will be Paid Out on November 25th

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For all Unit 1, 2, and 3 members who held contracts in the 2020-21 Collective Agreement (CA) year (September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021), a lump sum payment of 1% of your wages (minus deductions) will be made on November 25th. This amount is the difference between the wages initially paid out during the 2020-21 CA year and the wage increase achieved during the latest round of bargaining. The lump sum payment will be separate from any regular on-cycle payment and you can find a dedicated pay stub for the lump sum through HR Self Serve: https://hrselfserve.info.yorku.ca/.

 

General Membership Meeting – November 30th (Noon–3pm)

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We are hosting a General Membership Meeting via Zoom on November 30th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm! All members are encouraged to attend.

Please register in advance for this meeting here.

In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number, which will be kept confidential. Your employee number is on your monthly pay stub. If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.

Keep reading for the tentative agenda, accessibility information and more.

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Nominations Open – Extended Health Benefits Fund Committee – Deadline December 7th (5pm)

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Nominations are now open for a position on the Extended Health Benefits Fund committee. This position is for the remaining time of this committee’s term and will sit until March 31, 2022. The honorarium will be prorated accordingly.
If you would like to nominate yourself for this position, please email Chris Little, VP Unit 1, cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 7th (5pm).

Nominations Reopen for Several Committees – Deadline December 5th (5pm)

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Nominations for the Professional Development Fund Committee, Joint Health and Safety Committee and the Research Grants and Travel Funds Committee have now reopened. Members are encouraged to run for the positions noted below which have become vacant.

The deadline to nominate yourself is Sunday, December 5th, at 5pm.

  • PDF committee coordinator x 1
  • PDF committee member x 2
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee member x 3
  • Research Grants and Travel Funds Committee member x 1 (Unit 2 only)

Information on the work of these committees can be viewed here.

If you would like to nominate yourself for any of these positions, please email Chris Little, VP Unit 1, cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com. If there are more nominations than vacancies for any of these positions, a vote will be held at the GMM on December 8th.

What is the Transitional Continuing Appointment (TCA) Program?

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The Transitional Continuing Appointment (TCA) program is designed as an end-of-career option to allow for a gradual transition from work to retirement (or a different career). Qualification for the program is based on teaching intensity and years of service.

Can I Apply for the TCA?
To determine if you are eligible for the TCA, you must ask yourself three questions:

1) Length of service: Have you had at least 1.0 Full Course Equivalents (aggregated TAs and CDs) in at least 20 of your years at York (15 years from members of designated equity groups)? This includes approved leaves.

Note: when the CA refers to “years of service” it refers to an academic session in which you have held at least 1 Full Course Equivalent so, for example 3 TAs = 1 CD, so either or both would count as 1 FCE.

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Letter to PM Trudeau – Legislate Sick Days for Workers

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The following letter was sent by the CUPE 3903 Executive to Prime Minister Trudeau:

The CUPE 3903 Executive fully supports the recommendations of health providers and experts, like those in the Decent Work and Health Network to immediately legislate 10 permanent paid sick days, plus 14 during public health emergencies.

We are encouraged by your government’s commitment to legislate 10 permanent paid sick days in the Canada Labour Code within the first 100 days of its mandate.

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TCA Application – Step-by-Step Guide – Deadline December 1st

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Unit 2 members who are applying to the Transitional Continuing Appointment program, the application has opened as of November 15th, and the deadline for application is December 1, 2021. The application process is described below; if members are experiencing any difficulty accessing the application, please feel free to reach out to Kaylie Gordon at kaylieg@yorku.ca

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Workshops for TransDay of Remembrance – November 15th and 22nd

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Save the dates! TFAC has organized 3 workshops for TransDay of Remembrance. All trans identified members, allies, and community members welcome!

Nov 15th (11am–noon) – Trans ID Assistance with Dana Teagle
URL: bit.ly/TFAC-TDOR

Nov 22nd (11am to noon) – Consent in Academia with The ReiQueer
URL: bit.ly/TFAC-TDOR2

Nov 22nd (7– 8pm) – Remembrance & Mourning: An Evening with Alec Butler
URL: bit.ly/TFAC-TDOR3

**URLs are all case-sensitive. All members and broader community are welcomed. Registration required.

Please let the tfac co chairs know if you require any accommodations to support your attendance of these workshops!

Nominations Open for Several Committees – Deadline November 19th (5pm)

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Nominations for the Professional Development Fund Committee, Joint Health and Safety Committee and the Research Grants and Travel Funds Committee are now open. Members are encouraged to run for the positions noted below which have become vacant.

The deadline to nominate yourself is Friday, November 19th, at 5pm.

  • PDF committee coordinator x 1
  • PDF committee member x 2
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee member x 3
  • Research Grants and Travel Funds Committee member x 1 (Unit 2 only)

Information on the work of these committees can be viewed here.

If you would like to nominate yourself for any of these positions, please email Chris Little, VP Unit 1, cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com. If there are more nominations than vacancies for any of these positions, a vote will be held at the GMM on November 30th.

IMPORTANT – Always Apply as an Employee When Using YUscreen

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When using YUscreen to upload vaccination records or exemption documentation, members of CUPE 3903 should always use their employee Passport York ID or indicate they are an employee, as relevant, even if they are also a student.

The employer has taken the position that a member who uploads documents or makes a request as a student is waiving their right to union representation, should there be any problems that impact their employment relationship. While this position is not legally sound, the union is advising all members to make their requests as employees to avoid any lengthy arguments about jurisdiction should there be a need for union intervention.

Reminder – SunLife Benefits Enrolment

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A reminder to new members and returning members who have had more than a 5-month gap between contracts that in order to access your SunLife benefits, you must first enrol in them. Information about how to enrol in your benefits can be found here: https://3903.cupe.ca/benefits-plan/.

If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact Maija Duncan (cupe3903asr@gmail.com) or Michael Laurentius (sectreasurer3903@gmail.com).”

Will York University’s Senior Administrators Do the Right Thing? Join the Movement Targeting $4 Billion In York’s Pension and Endowment Funds

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This Wednesday at 4:00 pm: Fossil fuel divestment 101 webinar —

Join the movement targeting $4 billion in York’s pension and endowment funds

Climate action needs to happen right here at YorkSend a message to the ‘markets’ that they should stop funding the fossil fuel industryJoin the movement!

Invitation to the York community: students, staff and faculty:

YU Fossil Free, with the support of the York Federation of Students and the Environmental and Urban Change Students’ Association, is hosting a Divestment 101 webinar to explain what fossil fuel divestment is, why it is important, and how York University students, staff and faculty can get involved.

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Humanities Department Passes Motion in Support of Autonomy on Mode of Course Delivery!

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To date, this is the fourth successful motion passed in support of departmental autonomy over the mode of course delivery for all teaching instructors. This motion adds to the list of previous successful motions passed in the departments of Social Science, Politics, and  LA&PS Faculty Council.

Full Text of Motion:
The Department of Humanities affirms its right and obligation to determine the structure, format and mode of delivery of all courses housed in the unit so that those courses maintain their academic integrity in conformity with the requirements of the curriculum as approved by Senate and with established practices. The structure, format and delivery mode of courses shall be consistent with the pedagogic and academic judgements and principles of the faculty member employee.

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President Lenton Lobbies Ford Government to Exempt Universities from COVID-19 Restrictions

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The CUPE 3903 Executive Sent The Following Letter to President Lenton:

Dear President Lenton,

We write to express our great disappointment that the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), on which you sit as York University’s representative, has been lobbying the Ford government to exempt universities from indoor capacity limits designed to protect against COVID-19 risks. As our colleagues at the University of Toronto Faculty Association argue, there is no justifiable scientific reason for this action.

Our members expect that their employer will act in the interests of their health and safety at all times, and that protecting both our members, the wider York community and their loved ones from COVID-19 must take precedence over any other goals that the university has. As we have stated many times, we want to return to in-person teaching, but we must be able to do so safely. 

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York University’s Senior Administrators Outsource Accommodation Requests to Third Party, OSI

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York University has outsourced our members’ accommodation requests to a third party, OSI, an unaccountable, privatized company. This malicious transaction implemented by York University’s senior administrators is yet another jaw-dropper.

If you have never heard of Organizing Solutions Incorporated (OSI), you would not be alone. Few had heard of them until they started denying, to our knowledge, every COVID-related family status accommodation by members of CUPE 3903.

Faculty and instructors seeking a COVID-related accommodation based on their family status are being directed to send requests to their manager/academic leader.

However, CUPE 3903 is not aware of a single request being granted. We strongly encourage all members not to talk to OSI without union representation present. 

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York University’s Senior Administrators Exercise Chilling Effect on Social Science Motion Statement

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On September 9th, 2021, the Department of Social Science passed a motion affirming the right of course directors and teaching assistants to determine the format and mode of delivery of their courses.

Soon after the motion was passed, members within the Department of Social Science received threatening emails from the University administration warning of penalties and other disciplinary actions should members adhere to this new, democratically approved departmental policy. Through both the emails sent to members of the Department of Social Science and the memos sent to other departments and hiring units (in what will be a failed attempt to prevent similar motions), the University administration continues to pursue a chilling effect and dismantling of collegial governance at York University. The actions taken by the Department of Social Science should be applauded, as they display a clear desire to protect and defend the interests, health, and safety of their colleagues and students.

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Members’ Rights to Accommodation, Refusing Unsafe Working Conditions, and Protection Against Disciplinary Action

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This coming week, many CUPE 3903 members will face the difficult situation of having to return to in-person teaching without a clear, robust safety plan from the administration. As some YUFA members and departments explore their rights to refuse unsafe working conditions and to choose the mode of delivery of their courses, senior administrators have threatened disciplinary action against them and against 3903 members who do not comply. The situation has understandably created a lot of stress and confusion for our members.

CUPE 3903 seeks to re-assert and inform members about their rights to seek accommodations and to refuse unsafe working conditions, as well as the union’s duty to protect members who face disciplinary action.

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Press Release by CUPE 3903– Educators at York University Call to Protect Students and Workers with Remote Learning, Stronger Campus Protections

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The following press release was issued by CUPE 3903 on September 7, 2021:

Toronto, ON – September 7, 2021 – Over 350 professors, sessional instructors, teaching assistants, and administrative staff at York University have signed an open letter calling on President Rhonda Lenton to allow educators to opt for remote teaching – to protect their students and the broader campus community.

“York’s ‘safety plans’ fail to account for the heightened danger posed by the reality of the Delta variant,” emphasizes the open letter, which has been endorsed by the York University Faculty Association (YUFA).

Continue reading the full press release here.

OCUFA Alarmed by Last-Minute Fall Guidelines for Postsecondary Education That Ignore Science, Compromise Health and Safety

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CUPE 3903’s executive shares OCUFA’s (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association) concerns and position regarding the government’s unjustifiable exemption of postsecondary education settings from vital health and safety protections.

They state:
“With less than a week before the fall term begins, the inadequate guidelines introduced at the last minute by the Ontario government are deeply concerning, as they will increase the exposure risks to faculty, staff, and students…The government’s exemptions for capacity limits and distancing rules and the fact that it could not even pull together health guidelines until a few days before fall classes are set to begin, is of significant concern to academic staff at Ontario’s universities.”

Read OCUFA’s entire statement.

Please Sign – Open Letter to President Rhonda Lenton Regarding York’s Fall Return Plan

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The following open letter has been drafted by rank-and-file members of CUPE 3903 in response to York University’s ill-prepared return-to-campus plan in fall 2021. This letter is a set of demands that York must provide the necessary accommodations for all faculty and staff who want to work remotely, as well as provide fail-safe working conditions for those who opt to teach on campus. Given the highly contagious delta variant and inadequate protection at York, our working conditions must be taken seriously by the current York administration, whose overriding interest so far has been their “bottom line.” The extreme allure of funding by attaining the largest possible student enrollment, including that of foreign students, whose ultra-high fees now make up 40% of all tuition fees at Canadian universities, has overtaken all reason. New research on COVID-19 infections is now increasingly being linked to the long-term effects on the brain. York administrators need to start thinking seriously and stop playing with our lives.

To add your name to this growing list of York faculty and staff, please fill out this form.

CUPE 3903 Executive’s Position on COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Safety

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Our union’s executive supports Covid-19 vaccine requirements for in-person/on campus activities at York at present as the most effective way of keeping our union’s members and the wider York community who are required to be on campus as safe as possible amidst the ongoing pandemic. Our support for this requirement relies on the appropriate health and human rights exemptions being in place for those who are unable to be vaccinated. We have made it clear to York that our support for a Covid-19 vaccine requirement does not mean that we support loss of work, disciplinary action or termination of employment for members who have not been vaccinated, and that these members should be given alternative options for fulfilling their employment contracts regardless of their reasons for not being vaccinated. We will vigorously defend the labour rights of any member facing any of these actions, regardless of vaccination status.

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