Student Town Hall on COVID-19 @ YorkU – Wednesday, September 29th (7pm)

Do you have questions about returning to in-campus learning at York University? Next Wednesday, a coalition of unions has organized a virtual town hall for the York community so that you can ask questions, voice your health and safety concerns, and engage with other concerned students.

This town hall will be hosted by the York Federation of Students (YFS), York University Graduate Student Alliance (YUGSA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 3903) and others.

When: Wednesday, September 29th (7pm)
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Humanities Department Passes Motion in Support of Autonomy on Mode of Course Delivery!


To date, this is the fourth successful motion passed in support of departmental autonomy over the mode of course delivery for all teaching instructors. This motion adds to the list of previous successful motions passed in the departments of Social Science, Politics, and  LA&PS Faculty Council.

Full Text of Motion:
The Department of Humanities affirms its right and obligation to determine the structure, format and mode of delivery of all courses housed in the unit so that those courses maintain their academic integrity in conformity with the requirements of the curriculum as approved by Senate and with established practices. The structure, format and delivery mode of courses shall be consistent with the pedagogic and academic judgements and principles of the faculty member employee.

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Nomination Period Reopened – Unit 4 Bargaining Team Positions

The following bargaining team positions are still vacant and need to be filled:
i) Bargaining Team Representative Unit 4 (1 position)
ii) Bargaining Team Recording Secretary Unit 4 (1 position)

The nomination period for these positions has been reopened on September 21, 2021. Members interested in nominating themselves should fill out the nomination form. Here is the link: (

If contested, the nomination period will be followed by a two-week campaign period and a five day election (via Simply Voting).

Nomination period (2 weeks) – September 21 – October 5
Campaign period (2 weeks) – October 6 – October 19
Voting (5 days): October 20 – October 25


President Lenton Lobbies Ford Government to Exempt Universities from COVID-19 Restrictions


The CUPE 3903 Executive Sent The Following Letter to President Lenton:

Dear President Lenton,

We write to express our great disappointment that the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), on which you sit as York University’s representative, has been lobbying the Ford government to exempt universities from indoor capacity limits designed to protect against COVID-19 risks. As our colleagues at the University of Toronto Faculty Association argue, there is no justifiable scientific reason for this action.

Our members expect that their employer will act in the interests of their health and safety at all times, and that protecting both our members, the wider York community and their loved ones from COVID-19 must take precedence over any other goals that the university has. As we have stated many times, we want to return to in-person teaching, but we must be able to do so safely. 

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General Membership Meeting – September 21st (Noon-3pm)

We are hosting a General Membership Meeting via Zoom on September 21st from 12:00pm to 3:00pm! All members are encouraged to attend.

Please register in advance for this meeting here.

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.

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

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Medical/Disability Related Accommodations


If you are at high risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19, immunocompromised, or live with someone who is at high risk or immunocompromised, you may be eligible for a work-from-home accommodation based on disability or family status. To increase the likelihood that your request will be granted, we strongly encourage members to contact the union for support before making a workplace accommodations request. You can find out more about disability-based workplace accommodations, family status-based workplace accommodations by contacting the CUPE 3903 Equity Officer, Nadia Kanani, at

While your medical/disability-based accommodation request is being processed we do not recommend that members go on campus. In the interim, the equity officer can help you arrange, when permitting, remote teaching or a leave of absence.

Unit 2 Job Stability Committee – Position Acclaimed

The nomination period for the vacancy on the Unit 2 Job Stability Committee closed on Friday, September 17, 2021. Kevin Reynolds was acclaimed to the position. We congratulate and wish Kevin the best on this important committee, along with other members of this committee.

The first meeting between the Job Stability Committee and the Employer will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd from 5:30–7pm. Members are invited to attend this meeting. Zoom link (TBA)

Retroactive GIA Applied to Graduate Student Members


In the bargaining round that concluded this summer, we negotiated a 1% across the board increase to all wages for 2020-2021. Since this increase is retroactive, members will begin to see it appear on paycheques and in student accounts. Retroactive Grant in Aid (GIA) was applied to student accounts of members who are also graduate students on or around September 15th. It should be labelled “Suppl. Grad Assistance (Grant-in-Aid).” If you see a GIA amount that is much lower than your regular monthly GIA, this is your retroactive amount. For example, if last year you held a 1.0 Tutor 1 (tutorial leader), the amount is approximately $40. The regular GIA amount should be posted on schedule with your September pay.

York University’s Senior Administrators Outsource Accommodation Requests to Third Party, OSI


York University has outsourced our members’ accommodation requests to a third party, OSI, an unaccountable, privatized company. This malicious transaction implemented by York University’s senior administrators is yet another jaw-dropper.

If you have never heard of Organizing Solutions Incorporated (OSI), you would not be alone. Few had heard of them until they started denying, to our knowledge, every COVID-related family status accommodation by members of CUPE 3903.

Faculty and instructors seeking a COVID-related accommodation based on their family status are being directed to send requests to their manager/academic leader.

However, CUPE 3903 is not aware of a single request being granted. We strongly encourage all members not to talk to OSI without union representation present. 

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