Nominations Open – 6 Delegates for the 29th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress – Deadline May 14th, 2021

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CUPE 3903 is sending 6 delegates to the 29th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. The virtual convention will be held virtually from Wednesday, June 16 to Friday, June 18, 2021. Here is the agenda.

Any members who wish to nominate themselves can email Jacob McLean, Recording Secretary. Nominations will close on Friday May 14th.

Nominate yourself for the TFAC Financial Assistance Fund Committee!

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and as per a motion passed by the TFAC membership at the January 28th, 2021 meeting, TFAC is establishing a pilot project: TFAC Financial Assistance Fund.

Three committee members are needed to meet twice and distribute the funds. The committee will provide a report for the membership at the end of the adjudication, and receive a $100 honorarium upon completion of their service.

TFAC members can submit their nominations to tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com by May 10th at 5:00 pm EST. If more than three members put their names forward, an election will be held at the next TFAC meeting (last week of May).

York University President and Upper Administration Face Allegations of Anti-Black Racism

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Despite President Rhonda Lenton’s, Provost & VP Academic, Lisa Phillips’, and members of York University’s upper administration’s recent attempts to improve its public relations campaign on anti-Black racism, the university faces serious allegations of a coverup. Their attempts to suppress Professor Aimé Avolonto’s charges of racism in his department has backfired and now become a national scandal, with coverage on the CBC’s National. The professor has written a detailed report of the events that have transpired since making his first complaint in 2017, when he asked for a fair and proper investigation into the situation. It is quite regrettable that Lenton and Phillips, who have taken anti-Black racism pledges in the media, have simultaneously taken aggressive steps to terminate his professorship. Multiple students’ testimonies attest to their admiration, love and respect for Professor Avolonto; he has been teaching at York University since 2004, and was twice elected Chair in his department. It is a treacherous situation when complainants seeking an investigation into racism become instead the very target of racist attacks.

Sign the petition and support Professor Aimé Avolonto’s fight for justice.

On Thursday, April 8th, a press conference was held. Watch the entire press conferenceFind out more about the campaign to support Prof. Avolonto.

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Report Back—Mediated Bargaining on Post-Retirement Benefits and Employment Equity

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On April 10 and 11, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team (BT) met with mediator Chris Albertyn. Discussions focused on post-retirement benefits, employment equity, and the new job security program Transitional Continuing Appointments (TCA). The Union’s updated proposal package can be reviewed here.

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Bargaining SGMM (April 16th, 2021)

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We are hosting a Bargaining Special General Membership Meeting via Zoom on April 16th at 12:30pm to 3:30pm! At this meeting, the Bargaining Team will be discussing the implication of the Employer filing for conciliation, and will strategize next steps with input from membership. All members are encouraged to attend.

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Notice – Consultation with Unit 1 Members on Framework and Action Plan for Black Inclusion – April 23rd (9am)

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CUPE 3903 is inviting Black-identified Unit 1 members to a consultation on York University’s Framework and Action Plan on Black inclusion.

CUPE 3903 has successfully advocated for a consultation of Black identified Unit 1 members with VP Equity, People, and Culture, Sheila Cote-Meek.

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MY EXPERIENCE OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM AT YORK UNIVERSITY – Teaching while Black

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While President Rhonda Lenton and senior administrators, Lisa Phillips and others, claim to be making structural changes with respect to anti-Black racism at York University, they have attempted to fire Professor Aimé Avolonto, who teaches in the Department of French Studies, Glendon College. Professor Avolonto, who is Black and an Associate Professor, originally asked for an investigation into anti-black racism in his department. In 2017, he wrote to then-Provost, Rhonda Lenton. However, the victim of racism, has now become the target of York University’s President and senior administration. They have tried to suppress, deny, ignore and dismiss his claims without a fair or proper investigation, going so far at to attempt to fire him. Read Professor Avolonto’s allegations in his Letter from a Black colleague.

https://www.teachingwhileblack.ca/post/letter-from-a-black-colleague

Report Back – Bargaining Meeting with the Employer, March 29

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The Bargaining Team (BT) met with the Employer on Monday, March 29th. The Employer presented counters to our proposals on the Sexual Assault Survivors Support Fund (SASSF) and the Tuition Costs Fund (TCF). The Bargaining Team responded to these counters with minor edits before achieving our first sign-offs! We would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

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Discount at Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre for CUPE 3903 Members

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Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre located in the First Student Centre Building at York University, Keele Campus is offering CUPE 3903 members a 50-75% subsidy discount on top of their fees. Full-time fees are already reduced by 25% off until August 31, 2021.

If members enrol with Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre for full-time care, they will receive 25% off the initial price ($1,375 – Preschool, $1,440 – Toddler), with an additional 75% off CUPE 3903 Subsidy. Therefore, preschool fees would be as low as $257.81 per month.

At the end of their fiscal year, any remaining amounts left over from the centre’s CUPE 3903 funding is refunded and distributed to families based on care used.

Members could visit www.yorkuchildcare.ca for up-to-date information.

Report Back: Mediated Weekend Bargaining Sessions with Chris Albertyn (February 20th and 21st)

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February 14: Preliminary meeting with Chris Albertyn

At the bargaining meeting on January 22, the Employer and the Bargaining Team agreed that the parties could discuss Unit 2 job security provisions during intensive weekend bargaining sessions, facilitated by mediator Chris Albertyn. CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with Mr. Albertyn on February 14 for a preliminary meeting. Read the report back here.

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Notice – Meetings with the Employer in February and March

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All members are encouraged to come and observe.
All Zoom registration links have been posted on the Calendar.

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.

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Self-Identification Survey – Please Complete and Return

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In this round of bargaining, one of the key issues that the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team is focusing on is employment equity. To gauge who we are as a collective, and what direction our needs and priorities should take, an accurate understanding of the composition of our membership is necessary. For this reason, it is imperative that 3903 members complete the self-identification survey sent by Annette Boodram, York’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer. The information received will be sent to the HR protected area, anonymized, compiled into data, and then sent to our CUPE 3903 Equity Officer. Please note that according to the Ontario Human Rights Code, all information provided, is by law, kept confidential.

This data will help craft and develop policies, and thereafter, could be inscribed into our Collective Agreements. With this crucial information, it will be possible to make our local an equitable place of employment, a highly desirable objective.

Please read Annette Boodram’s letter here.
Link to Self-Identification Survey.

Please note that you will need your employee number (not your student number).
If you do not have quick access to your pay stub, contact Annette Boodram, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer or Rob Lawson, Associate Director, Faculty Relations, to obtain your employee number.