On December 11th, 1-3 PM, we are hosting a Special General Membership Meeting to launch the Strike Mandate Vote.
Please register in advance for the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudOqsrDsjG9eXn5tZLxC2YFSu4oUOKSXu
The collective agreements for CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 expired on August 31, 2023. Since that time, we have collected data, prepared proposals, and begun bargaining. Despite our best efforts, we have not seen any significant progress so far at the bargaining table in any of our priority areas.
The reality is, for the past three years our wages have been suppressed at 1% while the cost of living skyrockets around us. Members are struggling to keep up with rent, bills and the cost of groceries. Many having to take on additional employment, go into debt, rely on social assistance and food banks to get by. On top of that, after almost two years of efforts with the Job Stability Committee, we have not been able to reach an agreement with the Employer.
The Employers’ counter-proposals so far are simply inadequate, the monetary proposals would allow us to scarcely break even as of 2023 (if it was implemented immediately) and does not factor in current and future inflation. While the mere 1% increase to only certain funds, and no increases or improvements to our Sun Life health benefits, hurts our ability to afford services essential to wellbeing. On top of that, the Employer has proposed language making it easier to discipline members and harder for members to file discrimination and harassment grievances. We need to push back against these attacks on existing protections. In fact, we want to make those protections better!
Members are feeling more precarious than ever and we simply can’t afford to wait any longer for the Employer to meaningfully engage with our proposals. We need to pressure the employer to take our proposals seriously and respect the work done by our members at York. Vote yes on the Strike Mandate Vote (SMV) from December 11th to 18th to show that we are willing to fight for what we deserve!
In order to register, you will need to provide your employee number, which will be kept confidential. Your employee number is on your monthly pay stub. If you don’t know your employee number, please click here for instructions.
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