Ratification vote to be held Tuesday, March 31

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The next ratification vote will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. near Keele campus at the Rexall Centre. The Rexall Centre is not legally part of the York University campus, so members will not have to cross picket lines to attend the ratification vote.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. During the meeting, the Bargaining Team will present the Employer’s latest offer and explain their recommendation of it.

The presentation will last for up to one hour, followed by another hour of discussion (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Voting by secret ballot will open at the beginning of the meeting, and be available for two hours afterwards – for a total of four hours (2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Unit 1 and Unit 3 members will vote separately on each of their own offers.

Details of the latest offer for each of the two units will be available in print version at the meeting and may be read here:

The ratification meeting is governed by Article 13 (II) (c) of the bylaws. The overall ratification process is governed by Article 22 of the bylaws and the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

If members vote by a simple majority (by unit) to ratify the Terms of Settlement (the Employer’s offer), the strike will end and members will likely return to work on Wednesday, April 1. If members vote by a simple majority (by unit) to reject the Terms of Settlement, the strike will continue.

Members should note that the strike is still underway. There will be one picket line at Main Gate from 7:30-1:00 on Tuesday, March 31. Members should picket for 4 hours (within that time slot) to qualify for strike pay.

Further details about the meeting will be posted here and shared widely with the members as soon as they are confirmed.

For more information, please email CUPE3903chairperson@gmail.com.


1:30 p.m. Doors open

2:00 p.m. Presentation by the Bargaining Team of the Employer’s latest offer / voting begins

3:00 p.m. Discussion and questions for the Bargaining Team / voting continues

4:00 p.m. Call for scrutineers (12) / meeting ends / voting continues

6:00 p.m. Voting ends / counting of the ballots begins

The results of the vote will be announced as soon as all the ballots are counted.

Members are not obliged to attend the entire meeting in order to vote on the Employer’s latest offer, but we strongly encourage members to attend and listen to the bargaining report before voting, if possible. Members may vote anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please bring a piece of ID.

A FREE fully accessible shuttle bus will run from the Main Gate (York Boulevard and Keele Street) on the day of the ratification vote, starting at 1:30 p.m. and every 20 minutes until 6:30 p.m. (or until 30 minutes after the end of the meeting, if it runs later than 6:00 p.m.). The shuttle will drop off members at the west entrance to the Rexall Centre, in the rear parking lot. The shuttle will depart from the same location and return members to the Main Gate, starting at 1:50 p.m. and every 20 minutes until the meeting ends.

The Rexall Centre is owned by Tennis Canada and is not legally part of the York University campus; therefore, members will not be crossing picket lines in order to access the venue.

In terms of accessibility, the Rexall Centre is wheelchair accessible and immediately adjacent to the York University campus.

Find the Rexall Centre on this map.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com 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.