We’re Hiring: Assistant Staff Representative (Permanent, Part time)

CUPE 3903 Assistant Staff Representative (Permanent) Job Posting

Employer: Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903
Position: Assistant Staff Representative (Permanent, Part time)
Website: https://3903.cupe.ca/

Position Type: 

Permanent part-time

Location: 4700 Keele Street, York University, 143 Atkinson Building, Toronto ON, M3J 1P3 (Subject to change due to public health pandemic protocols)
Salary: $60.01 per hour ($61.81 effective Sept. 1st) for a 21 hour work week, plus benefits/pension plan

Posting Date: Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Closing Date: Tuesday March 23rd, 2021
Interviews: Monday April 12th, 2021 – Friday April 23rd
Estimated Start Date: June 1st or earlier where practicable (As per Article 13.01 of the CUPE 1281-3903 CA, newly hired employees shall be considered on probation for six months from the start of their employment)

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, LGBTTQ persons, persons from racialized groups, Indigenous persons, and women.

If you require an accommodation in order to submit an application or participate in an online interview, please contact hiringcupe3903@gmail.com for assistance. An accommodation might be related to disability, sign-language interpretation, captioning childcare, elder care, or other circumstances. Accommodation requests will be handled by the Logistics Coordinator (external to the Hiring Committee). We are committed to an equitable hiring process.


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 Financial Coordinator, a 14-person elected Executive Committee, other elected committee members, and an active rank-and-file membership. Our membership consists of approximately 2,800 contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, research assistants, and part-time librarians and archivists at York University.


The responsibilities of the Assistant Representative are governed by the CUPE 1281-3903 Collective Agreement, and include:

  • being a resource person for members with work-related problems
  • liaising with campus groups including other unions, student groups, associations, etc.
  • working with the Steward’s Council to build membership engagement across all departments and faculties
  • assisting with organizing around the bargaining mobilization, and preparation for job action (strike)
  • assisting with union campaigns and with the production of local newsletters, posters, ads, bulletins and pamphlets
  • updating membership lists
  • assisting staff representatives with grievances
  • greeting members in office
  • managing phone and mail correspondence
  • assisting the recording secretary and staff with maintenance of historical records
  • 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
  • experience with grassroots political mobilization and/or community organizing
  • organizing skills, such as membership engagement, activist development, committee-building, implementing ladders of engagement, and turnout
  • 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 such as racialized, queer, trans, and disabled communities
  • intersectional understanding of people’s identities, experiences, needs, and how this interplays with union dynamics and work
  • capacity to interrelate and integrate equity, anti-oppression and union work
  • interpersonal skills

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • collective bargaining experience
  • experience in an academic union
  • knowledge of appropriate services to refer members to for support with immigration, Employment Insurance, health, and other issues
  • ability to support and politicize the grievance process

How to Apply

Please submit (via email) a cover letter, résumé, and two letters of reference by 4:00 PM Tuesday March 23rd, 2021 to hiringcupe3903@gmail.com.

Internal applications, by current bargaining unit members or those on total layoff from the bargaining unit, only need to submit a letter outlining their qualifications for the position and an updated résumé.

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

We are also hiring a Staff Representative (Term, Full Time). You can view the posting here.