Notice – Upcoming Meetings on Bargaining with the Employer in January

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The following three bargaining meetings have been scheduled with the Employer for January 2021. All members are welcome to attend and observe.

Please register in advance for each of these meetings by clicking on the links below.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.

i) Bargaining Meeting with Employer – January 22nd (Noon–3pm)
Register in advance for this meeting here.

ii) Bargaining Meeting with Employer – January 28th (Noon–3pm)
Register in advance for this meeting here.

iii) Bargaining Meeting with Employer – January 29th (1–4pm)
Register in advance for this meeting here.

 

Report Back – Seventh Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on December 22 (11am)

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On Tuesday, December 22nd, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer. The Bargaining Team would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

The objective of the meeting was to respond to questions the Employer raised about our proposal package on December 17th. The following issues were addressed.

Bill 124
The Employer and the Union differ in how we understand the scope and impact of Bill 124. The Union has put forward several proposals that include financial penalties for late offers of appointment, late pay, and misclassification of GAs as RAs, as well as caps on workload for TAs, CDs, and CCDs, all of which the Employer interprets as compensation increases, which would then interact with the 1% ceiling imposed by Bill 124. Since members of 3903 are not paid by the student, the bargaining team does not believe that capping class size is an increase in compensation, and thus, proposals on capping class size should not be subject to Bill 124. The Employer has alluded to a communication laying out their application of this legislation which should be forthcoming in January, at which point the Union will be able to respond more completely.

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Report Back – Bargaining Team Meeting on December 18th (11–3pm)

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The Bargaining Team spent the majority of the meeting discussing and preparing the answers to the Employer’s questions about proposals in our package. More specifically, we discussed different interpretations of Bill 124, the importance of job security proposals, funding, and the way equity and seniority are being pitted against each other. A few items such as the intersectionality proposal are reserved for later when the subcommittee can do more substantial research and provide language for our membership to discuss. We also briefly discussed the plan to meet with the union’s lawyer to consider the possible avenues to push for affordable housing.

Next Meeting
All Bargaining Team meetings are open to members. The Bargaining Team would like to encourage all members to attend this last remaining meeting in December.

December 22, 11:00AM – Bargaining Meeting with the Employer
Please register in advance for this meeting here.

Report Back – Sixth Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on December 17th (1 pm)

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On Monday, December 17th, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer. The Bargaining Team would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

The Bargaining Team began by reiterating that, any items not directly addressed in the CUPE 3903 Extension Framework proposals were expected to roll-over into the next collective agreement, and that the Bargaining Team would follow up by reiterating this in writing.

The Employer then provided some opening remarks of their own, recognizing that we bargain under the unique context of Bill 124. The Employer then indicated that they likely understood the question of “compensation” under Bill 124 differently than the Union. Following these opening remarks, the Employer asked numerous clarification questions on the proposals included in the CUPE 3903 Extension Framework, presented to the Employer at the bargaining meetings on December 9th and December 14th. Many of the Employer’s questions dealt simply with clarifying intent. Other questions however pointed to more substantive disagreements between the two bargaining teams.

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Self-Identification Survey – Please Complete and Return

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In this round of bargaining, one of the key issues that the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team is focusing on is employment equity. To gauge who we are as a collective, and what direction our needs and priorities should take, an accurate understanding of the composition of our membership is necessary. For this reason, it is imperative that 3903 members complete the self-identification survey sent by Annette Boodram, York’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer. The information received will be sent to the HR protected area, anonymized, compiled into data, and then sent to our CUPE 3903 Equity Officer. Please note that according to the Ontario Human Rights Code, all information provided, is by law, kept confidential.

This data will help craft and develop policies, and thereafter, could be inscribed into our Collective Agreements. With this crucial information, it will be possible to make our local an equitable place of employment, a highly desirable objective.

Please read Annette Boodram’s letter here.
Link to Self-Identification Survey.

Please note that you will need your employee number (not your student number).
If you do not have quick access to your pay stub, contact Annette Boodram, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer or Rob Lawson, Associate Director, Faculty Relations, to obtain your employee number.

Report Back – Bargaining Team Meeting on December 15th (2pm)

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The Bargaining Team met on December 15th. The December 14th meeting with the Employer was briefly reviewed. Report-back from the December 14 meeting can be viewed here.

Next, a concise discussion on wages, benefits, and funds took place. The BT also discussed the implications of Bill 124 on our monetary proposals.

There was then a brief discussion of the need for a definition of intersectionality, as a clause in the collective agreements. Having received feedback from TFAC, the BT explored whether such a clause would be truly enforceable, or if a better strategy would be to have intersectionality be reflected in proposals concretely.

The BT also discussed the ideas brought up by the Affordable Housing Committee for potential bargaining proposals, as well as the feasibility of taking up this issue in this round of bargaining, given the restrictions imposed by Bill 124 on monetary demands. The BT decided to get legal advice to determine how this issue can be tackled within the context of collective bargaining–if not now, perhaps in a future round of bargaining.

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Report Back – Fifth Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on December 14th (Noon)

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On Monday, December 14th, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer. The Bargaining Team would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

The following items were discussed at the bargaining meeting.

Employer Clarification

The Employer began by clarifying that their comments about the CUPE 3903 extension framework, made at the last meeting on December 9th, should not be construed as meaning that they do not consider CUPE 3903’s counter proposal to be an extension framework. Instead, they conveyed that their comments were simply an observation that the CUPE 3903 extension framework is longer than what the Employer had proposed, and that they are pleased that both the Employer and CUPE 3903 are seeking a more focused bargaining process in the same spirit.

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Notice – Change in Time for Meeting with Employer on December 17th (1:00pm)

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Please note that there is a change in time for the next meeting scheduled with the Employer on December 17th. The meeting will now begin at 1:00pm.

All members are welcome to attend to observe.

Register in advance to attend this meeting here.

Instructions
In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number. (Your number will be kept confidential.) If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are experiencing any issues with registration, please get in touch with the Bargaining Team.

Report Back – Fourth Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on December 9th (Noon)

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On Wednesday, December 9, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer. The Bargaining Team would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

The following items were discussed at the bargaining meeting:

Closed Captioning

We would like to apologize to the membership for not having closed captioning available at this meeting. We were still in the process of clarifying responsibilities around this with the Employer, specifically relating to responsibility for booking. Now that this is clarified, we anticipate having closed captioning at all bargaining meetings moving forward.

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Notice – Four Meetings on Bargaining with the Employer in December

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The following four bargaining meetings have been scheduled with the Employer for December. All members are welcome to attend to observe.

Please register in advance for each of these meetings by clicking on the links below:

December 9th (Noon)

 December 14th (Noon)

December 17th (1:00pm)

December 22nd (11am)


Instructions

In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number. (Your number will be kept confidential.) If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are experiencing any issues with registration, please get in touch with the Bargaining Team.

 

Update – Extended Health Benefit Fund

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York has finally released the Extended Health Benefit funds; the committee will meet this week to adjudicate. However, now, due to the office administrator being away, funds won’t be deposited until mid-January, in 2021. The EHB committee apologizes for the delay and understands that members are undergoing a lot of hardship and depend on these funds.

Notice – Upcoming Bargaining Meeting with the Employer – December 9th (Noon)

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The next bargaining meeting with the Employer will take place on December 9th at Noon.

All members are welcome to attend to observe.

Please register in advance to attend this meeting here.

In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number, which will be kept confidential. If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are having any difficulties with registration, please get in touch with the Bargaining Team.

 

Report Back – Third Bargaining Meeting with the Employer on November 25th (9:30am–Noon)

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On Wednesday, November 25th, the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team met with the Employer. The Bargaining Team would like to thank members in the room for attending as observers, as per our open bargaining practice.

The following items were discussed at the bargaining meeting:

Closed captioning

As per the bargaining parameters approved by the membership, all virtual bargaining meetings shall have closed captioning made available for accessibility purposes. The Bargaining Team proposed that CUPE 3903 can take on the work of setting up and hosting secure bargaining meetings on Zoom, and that in exchange, the Employer would cover the total cost of closed captioning. The Employer agreed to cover only 50% of the costs associated with providing closed captioning with CUPE 3903 remaining responsible for hosting meetings.

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