Final day of strike mandate vote

An image of a ballot with a green check-mark in the box marked "Yes" above a box marked "No"

An image of a ballot with a green check-mark in the box marked “Yes” above a box marked “No”

Items in this post: 

  • Strike vote details
  • Get out the vote for a strong strike mandate
  • When will we know the results?
  • Latest video surpasses 5,000 views
  • Student support swells for CUPE 3903

Strike vote details

Today is the last day to vote. Here are the details of when, where and how to vote:

Friday, January 30
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Keele campus voting stations:

  • William Small Centre (in front of the computer lab next to Tim Hortons)
  • Vari Hall link (between Vari Hall and Central Square)
  • Accolade West Building lobby (outside the Gales Gallery)


Friday, January 30
* Please note regular hours. *
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Glendon College voting station:

  • Outside B126 York Hall

All CUPE 3903 members in good standing, and who are currently employed by the university or who held a contract in the fall semester, are eligible to vote. Please bring your York ID or other photo ID with you when you vote.

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.

For more information, please email

Get out the vote for a strong strike mandate

There are still many members on campus all day Friday, so please make every effort to encourage them to vote. Here’s how you can help:

  • Forward this email to departmental graduate student or CUPE 3903 email lists, reminding members to vote today (and to vote YES)
  • Walk through your department and visit members in their offices, reminding them to vote.
  • Stop by the CUPE 3903 office and pick up a stack of “Vote YES” postcards. Share with members in your department.
  • Share the latest CUPE 3903 video on Facebook or other social media.
  • If members have any questions about the vote, or why we need a strong strike mandate, direct them to these FAQs.
  • If you haven’t voted yet, please vote today.

When will we know the results?

The last polls close today at 5:00 p.m. The counting of the ballots will commence at the CUPE 3903 office shortly after polls close, and will likely last a few hours.

As soon as all the ballots are counted, the results will be posted on the CUPE 3903 website, and shared on Facebook and Twitter – likely late this evening. Members will also be notified by email in a special CUPE 3903 Newsletter.

Please watch for regular updates on Twitter, starting after 5:00 p.m. For members tweeting about the results, please use this hashtag: #3903vote

Latest video surpasses 5,000 views

The latest CUPE 3903 video, “Vote YES for a strong strike mandate!“, has surpassed 5,000 views, and is attracting positive attention well outside our local. As part of the mobilization for the strike mandate vote, this video features rank-and-file members from departments and faculties across campus who make the case for a strong YES vote.

The video may be viewed here.

The video has been promoted on social media by CUPE National, CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, several CUPE locals, and other unions in the labour movement.

Please like and share it widely, and help build the mobilization for a strong strike mandate.

Student support swells for CUPE 3903

Over three weeks of mobilization, our members have led an impressive outreach campaign among undergraduate students at York. Here are some highlights:

  • Members have been tabling on campus every single day of the mobilization.
  • Over 12,000 postcards have been distributed to students, explaining, “Why are we having a strike vote?”
  • Over 5,000 campaign and strike vote posters have been put up in departments and public spaces all over campus.
  • Over 600 email messages have been sent by students to York president Mamdouh Shoukri, expressing their support for CUPE’s demands. Email your message of support here.
  • Over 300 online surveys about the bargaining process have been completed by undergraduate students, our own members, and other members of the York community. Complete the survey here.

A huge thanks goes to members of the Bargaining Mobilization Committee and rank-and-file members across campus who have been at the heart of the strike vote mobilization!