CUPE 3903 Members Vote in Favour of a Strike Mandate

Members of CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 have voted strongly in favour of a strike mandate. A record number of members turned out in all three units to pass a strong majority backing a strike mandate. The electronic vote was held between July 5th and July 9th and you can see the full results by unit below.

This result shows support for the bargaining team and the priorities being negotiated at the table, most notably equity, job security, and ensuring a safe return to in-person learning. The employer has attempted to intimidate members with a looming lockout, as well as delayed bargaining through a number of tactics, most notably withholding a potential deal from the bargaining team (see more about the Unfair Labour Practice case filed against York here). This mandate is a rejection of such schemes.

The bargaining team for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 continue to move towards a negotiated settlement. We can address the fact that York’s hiring policies reproduce the status quo and do not reflect the diversity of the city it’s in or serves; we can address important issues of job security and retirement for our long-serving members, as well as ensure a campus return when it’s safe for everyone. A deal is possible and likely as long as the employer returns to negotiations in good faith.

Strike Mandate Vote Result Summary:

Unit 1:
Yes – 766 (67.8%)
No – 364 (32.2%)

Unit 2:
Yes – 308 (59.6%)
No – 209 (40.4%)

Unit 3:
Yes – 22 (84.6%)
No – 4 (15.4%)

Total Vote:
Yes – 1096 (65.5%)
No – 577 (34.5%)

1673 (53.7%) of 3113 electors voted in this ballot.