We’re Hiring: Term Staff Representative

CUPE 3903 Staff Representative Job Posting

Employer: CUPE 3903
Position: Staff Representative
Website: https://3903.cupe.ca/

Position Type: Term replacement position for 9 months with the possibility of extension. This is a term replacement for a Staff Representative on leave. At least 6 weeks notice will be given for any extension or termination of the contract.

Equity Commitment

CUPE 3903 is strongly committed to employment equity within our workplace, work environment, and broader community. We particularly encourage applications from persons with one or more disabilities, LGBTQ persons, persons from racialized groups, Indigenous persons and women.

Location: York University Campus (Keele Campus), Toronto, Ontario
Salary: $106,027.38 plus benefits/pension plan (pro-rated)

Posting Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
Closing Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Start Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 (or soon thereafter)
Interviews: Week of July 22


CUPE 3903 is a radical democratic union at the forefront of the labour movement in Canada, with a commitment to anti-oppression politics, diversity and equity, and supporting our members in achieving some of the best Collective Agreements in the country. Our workplace includes two full-time Staff Representatives, a part-time Equity Officer, a part-time Administrative Coordinator, a 14-person elected Executive Committee, other elected committee members, and an active membership. Our membership is comprised of approximately 3000 contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and part-time librarians and archivists at York University.


The responsibilities of the Staff Representative are governed by the CUPE 1281 Collective Agreement, and include:

  • being a resource person for the local’s Executive Committee
  • being a resource person for members with work-related problems
  • assisting with grievances, preparing and possibly presenting arbitrations and working with legal counsel
  • advising members of their rights and responsibilities under the collective agreement, by-laws and constitution, integrating equity into CA interpretation
  • working with the Steward’s Council and other elected committees of the union
  • acting as a resource person during bargaining for the elected bargaining team;
  • assisting with contract negotiations, drafting of contract proposals, organizing around the bargaining process, conciliation, mediation and preparation for job action (strike)
  • liaising with campus groups including other unions, student groups, associations, etc.
  • assisting with production of local newsletters, posters, ads, bulletins and pamphlets
  • assisting with the efficient operation of the local’s office

Required Skills and Experience

  • union experience, either as an active union member, or as union staff
  • understanding of and commitment to social movement unionism
  • ability to interpret complex Collective Agreement language
  • ability to prepare and follow grievances through the grievance process
  • collective bargaining experience and strategic negotiating skills
  • experience with grassroots political mobilization
  • self-motivated with strong organizational, administration and multi-tasking skills
  • ability to work with a diverse membership in a dynamic work environment
  • ability to take direction from a diverse range of members and committees
  • analytical, problem-solving, conflict resolution and communication skills
  • commitment to and analysis of anti-oppression/equity work and issues
  • experience working with socially marginalized individuals and groups
  • capacity to interrelate and integrate equity, anti-oppression and union work
  • interpersonal skills

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • experience in an academic union
  • arbitration preparation and presentation
  • knowledge of appropriate services to refer members to for support with immigration, Employment Insurance, health, and other issues

How to Apply

Please submit (via mail or email) a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference by 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019 to:

CUPE 3903
Email address: hiringCUPE3903@gmail.com

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.