Bargaining SGMM (August 28th, 2020) – Tentative Agenda

We are hosting a  Bargaining Special General Membership Meeting via Zoom! At this meeting, the bargaining team will be presenting updates and preliminary bargaining timeline. We will also be voting on bargaining parameters and discuss what it means to bargain in the era of COVID 19. All members are encouraged to attend.

Keep reading for the tentative agenda, accessibility information and more.

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Open Committee Positions

Nominations have opened for the committees listed below. With the exception of the Elections Committee and the Hiring Committee Alternate, the term served for each of these positions runs from September to September. All interested members should email VPU1 Stacey Berquist at by Tuesday September 1st.

  • Elections Committee (2 positions)
  • Childcare Committee (4 positions)
  • Professional Development Fund coordinator (1 position)
  • Professional Development Fund members (2 positions)
  • Research Grants Fund and Travel Cost Fund Committee (Unit 2 only, 2 positions)
  • Ways and Means (3 positions)
  • Rank and File Equity Officer Hiring Committee Alternate (1 position)

More information about these committees can be found here.

York Misappropriates $74,000 from Unit 3 Fund

At least $74,000, or 37 out of the 40 grants awarded through the Graduate Assistant Training Fund (GATF), were misappropriated through the employer’s negligent management of the GATF. This money is earmarked for faculty members who hire Graduate Assistants (GA), who are represented by CUPE 3903 Unit 3. Of the 40 available grants, only three resulted in a GA posting. It is unknown whether those three postings resulted in three members being hired as GAs.

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We’re Hiring: Equity Officer (Part-time; Permanent) [CLOSED]

CUPE 3903 Equity Officer Job Posting [CLOSED]

Employer: Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903
Position: Equity Officer

Position Type
Permanent part-time position

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 for a 21-hour work week, plus benefits/pension plan
Posting Date: Monday, August 10th, 2020
Closing Date: Friday, September 4th, 2020
Interviews: Week of September 21st, 2020
Estimated Start Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, 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 Local 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 for assistance. An accommodation might be related to disability, sign-language interpretation, 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.

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Victory at the Court of Appeal: York Loses Bid to Repress Dissent

On Friday July 24th, the Court of Appeal released a unanimous decision rejecting York’s appeal of the similarly unanimous judicial review decision from June 2019. Both decisions deny that York has the legal right to punish members through the York-controlled Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for actions taken during the 2018 strike.

The York administration relied on a number of simply indefensible positions to justify their actions; some of these included the claim that Carol McCaulay, Vice President Finance and Administration, is not an agent of the Employer, or that the Student Code Tribunal had jurisdiction because they themselves decided that the reprised acted as students rather than employees during a strike.

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CUPE 3903 Anti-Racism Town Hall

  1. Registration Link
  2. Anti-Racism Town Hall Statement
  3. Agenda
  4. Rules of Engagement
  5. Resources

1. Registration link

2. Anti-Racism Town Hall Statement

Come join your colleagues on August 11th at 11:30am for the CUPE 3903 Anti-Racism Town Hall. This meeting, co-chaired by Grievance Officer, Parbattie Ramsarran and Ahlam Abdelrahman, will be a space to discuss how racism shapes the experiences of racialized members both in their employment at York and in our union, as well as what steps can be taken to put meaningful anti-racism into practice.

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