Results of Committee Byelections From October 23rd GMM


Distribution Committee (2 vacancies)
– Aisha Adil (25 votes) – Elected
– Kathryn Galang (23 votes) – Elected
– Ali Gholami (9 votes)
– Abstentions (6)

Forum Moderator (1 vacancy)
– Aisha Adil (10 votes)
– Ali Gholami (0 votes)
– Angelica Hasbon (3 votes)
– Kelsey Ioannoni (24 votes) – Elected
– Abstentions (3)

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Nomination Period For Chief Steward Unit 2 is Open From October 23rd – November 6th


The nomination period for the position of Chief Steward Unit 2 will open at the GMM on October 23rd and close on November 6th at 4pm. To nominate yourself for this position, please fill out the nomination form posted here. Nominees must be unit 2 members and will need two other unit 2 members to support their nomination, as this is a unit 2 specific position.

If there are two or more candidates, there will be a campaigning period of two weeks, from November 7th to November 20th. Following campaigning, voting will take place for five days thereafter.

Voting will take place online through Simply Voting; the election will be fully managed by Simply Voting and overseen by the Local’s Elections Officers. Voting credentials (your personal link to vote) will be sent out, via a Simply Voting e-mail blast, to all current and political members of unit 2.

CSSP Blanket Applications Due November 1st


Please consult the Continuing Sessional Status Programme (CSSP) eligibility list from the employer for the upcoming CSSP application round. CSSP blanket applications are due on November 1, 2020. You can apply online here. For further instructions see our CSSP Blanket Application Instructions page.

As per Article 12 of the Unit 2 Collective Agreement “Bargaining unit employees shall be granted Continuing Sessional Standing upon the completion of three consecutive contract years (September 1 to August 31) with an average annual minimum teaching intensity of 2 Type 1 or equivalent positions over the three years.” Members retain their CSSP status unless it ends pursuant to the terms in 12.01.

If you think you should be included in the eligibility list, but your name is not listed, please contact Rob Lawson ( in the Faculty Relations Office, as well as Chief Steward Unit 2, Elena Chou or Staff Representative, Raj Virk for assistance.

Hire of New Equity Officer


We would like to welcome Nadia Kanani as our new Equity Officer! Following the retirement of Sheila Wilmot in February 2020, the position has remained vacant. Nadia will join our team on November 9th. Thank you to the Hiring Committee for their work navigating hiring in the midst of a pandemic.

Nadia comes to the position with a wealth of experience in both community and post-secondary organizing and advocacy, specifically through an anti-racist and disability justice framework. Most notably, she held advocacy and student support roles at Students for Barrier-free Access and played a substantive role in the campaign against UofT’s mandated leave policy. Nadia brings experience in mounting harassment complaints, representing members in human rights cases, and facilitating mediation to the role of Equity Officer. She also has a strong background in leading trainings and educationals.

Save the date! We will be hosting a membership meet and greet for members to meet Nadia on Tuesday November 17th at 1pm. You can find the Zoom info here: Equity Officer Meet and Greet.

Call out for representatives: LAPS Security and Safety Working Group – Deadline October 22nd


The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies is striking a working group to “collectively create a faculty-wide security plan.” This working group will be composed of representatives from YUFA, YUSA, CPM, and SCOLAPS, as well as two members from CUPE 3903 (one each from units 1 and 2). The last few months has seen a number of safety issues emerge within LAPS for our members. Having representation on this working group will ensure that the concerns of contract faculty and teaching assistants within the Faculty are heard.

If you teach in LAPS as either Unit 1 or Unit 2 and want to nominate yourself for one of these positions, please email Stacey Berquist at by 5pm on Thursday October 22nd. If the positions are contested, there will be a vote at the October 23rd general membership meeting.

For more information on the working group, see the memorandum from the Dean here.

October 23rd, 2020 GMM – Tentative Agenda


Our next GMM will be October 23rd, 2020 on zoom! At this GMM, we will be on voting bylaw amendments and donation requests, as well as discussing bargaining and possible affiliation with the Coalition of Employee Student Unions (CESU). All members are encouraged to attend.

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

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York Affordable Housing Committee – Annual General Meeting (October 28th), and Call Out for Two 3903 Representatives


The Affordable Housing Committee (AHC) is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 28th from 6–8pm. AHC is a coalition of students, staff and faculty working towards the creation of affordable co-operative housing in the vicinity of York University. 3903 members with an interest in affordable housing and who want to get involved are welcome to attend.

The AHC meets every 6-8 weeks during the school year and currently seeks two 3903 representatives. The representatives will represent the interests of the union on the committee and report back to the union after each meeting. Interested members should email VP Unit 1, Stacey Berquist, by Wednesday October 21st to nominate themselves. Continue reading

Multiple Committee Vacancies


The following committees have vacancies and are open for nominations. Interested members should email VP Unit 1, Stacey Berquist, by Wednesday October 21st to nominate themselves.

  • Accessibility Committee (1 vacancy)
  • CUPE Toronto District Council (1 vacancy)
  • Distribution Committee (2 vacancies)
  • Forum Moderator (1 vacancy)
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee (2 vacancies)
  • Senate Representative Alternate (1 vacancy)
  • Toronto York Region Labour Council (7 vacancies)

Information about committees can be found here


Looking to get more involved? Come join the Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC)!

Who is TFAC?

The Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC) is an autonomous body of CUPE 3903 that consists of all women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members of the Local.

We welcome and strongly encourage involvement of persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited, queer and trans persons, persons from racialized groups, and Indigenous persons.

What does TFAC do?

We have a long history of activism to try and make changes in the union to address traditional and oppositional sexism, cissexism, transmisogyny, ableism, racism, and other forms of oppression that we’ve had to deal with.

TFAC works in coalition with other relevant critical feminist organizations on campus in an effort to improve the position of all women, trans, gender queer and gender variant people at York University and within the labour movement. To this end, TFAC defines ‘sexism’ to include any type of gender or sex based discrimination or oppression. With this we also recognize that other factors such as race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and/or ability, may exacerbate discrimination on the basis of sex.

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