Vacancy in four of our committees

There is one vacancy on each of the following committees:

  • International Graduate Students Committee
  • Toronto and York Region Labour Council
  • CUPE Toronto District Council
  • PDF Committee (PDF Representative)

A description of these roles and the associated honoraria can be found here. To nominate yourself, please email Hossein at Contested positions will be elected at the General Membership Meeting.

December 4 Bargaining Report: Wages and Benefits, and Stall Tactics

On Monday, December 4, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer to continue negotiating new collective agreements. Very little bargaining occurred, as the employer deployed shameful stalling tactics. At the end of the day, CUPE 3903 filed for conciliation.

A comparative table of proposals and responses has been prepared by the bargaining team: Bargaining Proposals and Responses up to December 4. All of the proposal documents which have been tabled so far are available on the Reports page, with the exception of employer counters from the last meeting, which will be added as soon as we receive digital copies.

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CUPE 3903 Files for Conciliation

In order to move the process of bargaining forward, and work toward securing renewed collective agreements for our members, CUPE 3903 has filed for conciliation with the Ministry of Labour. At this point in negotiations, following nine meetings with the York University administration, we are far apart on all major issues, including Unit 2 job security, Unit 3 jobs, Unit 1 and 3 funding, class size, wages, benefits, childcare funding, support for survivors of sexual violence and equity proposals.

Conciliation is a service offered by the Ministry of Labour to help the two sides reach an agreement. We are hopeful that the conciliation process will bring the two sides closer. CUPE 3903 is committed to working toward a fair collective agreement for Unit 1, 2 and 3 members. The CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team has set aside dates to continue bargaining twice a week in January.

Our teaching conditions are students’ learning conditions.

For further information, see:
Ontario Ministry of Labour FAQs on Conciliation
Past Bargaining Reports

Dec. 7 – Bargaining Update GMM Tentative Agenda

General Membership Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 7
Location: Student Centre 430 (GSA Lounge)

(The elevator to the 4th floor can be found beside The Underground restaurant)

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  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Reading of the Equity Statement
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Bargaining Update
    1. Q&A
    2. Discussion
    3. Conciliation and Next Steps
  6. Changing the Name of the ‘Miscellaneous Working Groups’ budget line to ‘Anti-Racism Working Group’
  7. Approval of Remaining Bargaining Proposals
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. Notices of Motion
    1. Sponsoring ‘Family Weekend Fest’ at the Brampton Powerade Centre
  10. Matters Arising
    1. Sending Delegates to Labour Notes Conference (6 people)
    2. Donation to Saron Legal Professional Corporation – Nelson’s Legal Defense Fund
    3. Donation to Urban Alliance on Race Relations
    4. Donation to Sisterings ($1,000)
  11. Committee Updates
  12. Executive Reports
  13. Adjournment

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at 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.

November 27 Bargaining Report: Graduate Funding and Health & Safety

On Monday, November 27, the bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 met with the employer. Overall, it was a disappointing session, with more bad behaviour from the employer’s bargaining team, and a complete refusal to deal with Unit 3.

Unfortunately, we must begin yet another bargaining report by condemning the behaviour of York’s lawyer, Simon Mortimer. Since we began bargaining, he has been reminded on several occasions not to interrupt members of our bargaining team — specifically women. This week, he took it a step further, arguing vehemently for his right to interrupt. When the BT chair did not allow it, the employer called the conversation to a halt and left the room. Mortimer later explicitly refused to apologize for his behaviour.

This behaviour is obviously unacceptable. The employer keeps emphasizing “respect”, yet can’t seem to follow basic rules of respectful conversation. How much is York paying this man to disrespect our bargaining team and waste our time? Enough theatrics; let’s bargain.

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Vacancy on the International Graduate Students Committee

There is currently a vacancy on the International Graduate Students Committee. A description of the 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 December 6 at 5 pm. To nominate yourself, email Hossein at Contested positions will be elected at the December 7 General Membership Meeting.

International Graduate Students Committee (IGSC) (1 vacancy)

The IGSC advocates for international graduate student members of CUPE 3903. The IGSC normally has 2 elected members who coordinate the affairs of the IGSC. The IGSC has an annual budget of $5000. Honorarium: $250 per member per year.


Explaining York’s Unit 1 Funding Proposal

On October 16, York’s bargaining team expressed the intention to bargain significant changes to the way funding for Unit 1 (teaching assistants, course directors, instructors, tutors, marker-graders, etc. who are full-time graduate students) would be paid out. On November 13, the employer provided a presentation explaining the details of their plan.

As promised in the bargaining report from November 13, below is an explanation of the employer’s Unit 1 funding proposal. The employer’s proposal and the employer’s presentation on their proposal are also available.

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