January GMM (January 9th) Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be January 9th from 12:30pm – 3:30pm in Harry Crowe Room (Atkinson 109). Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be voting on the hiring procedure for a staff member to replace our retiring Equity Officer, bylaw amendments as well as donation requests. All members are encouraged to attend.

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

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Solidarity with University of California Santa Cruz Graduate Student Workers

The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee stands in solidarity with University of California Santa Cruz graduate student workers who began a wildcat strike on December 6th to demand a cost of living adjustment (COLA). We support them in resisting the transformation of educational workers into underpaid and overworked service providers.

Read our letter of support to UCSC striking workers here (support letter; pdf) or continue reading below. Support for UCSC striking workers has also been placed on the January GMM agenda (January 9th) for discussion. More information about the UC Santa Cruz UGSA COLA campaign and ways members can support the striking workers can be found on payusmoreucsc.com.

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Ontario Graduate Scholarship Funding Claw-backs

At a recent York CUPE 3903 Labour Management Committee meeting, the Faculty of Graduate Studies informed CUPE 3903 representatives that new Doctoral and Master’s students who had received OGS upon entering the first year of their Master’s or Doctoral program will not have their fellowship funding clawed back for that first year.

FGS is instead now classifying such a scholarship awarded to first year Masters and Doctoral students as a ‘recruitment scholarship’.  However, students receiving these scholarships in subsequent years will continue to have their fellowship funding reduced. CUPE 3903 representatives continued to express our opposition to these claw-backs for graduate students.  This will continue to be a bargaining issue for our members.

UHIP Reimbursement for International Students, and their Dependents

Many years ago, CUPE 3903 negotiated a fund that would provide international student members with financial assistance for University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) costs. We have also been assisting with the UHIP costs of people who are considered ‘dependents’ of our international student members. (Article 15.20 of the Unit 1 Collective Agreement or “CA”). Please continue reading for more information on UHIP and accessing these funds.

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The Autonomy of Student Government Must be Defended

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The CUPE 3903 Executive Committee is deeply concerned to see that the York University administration is attempting to interfere with the democratic processes of the York Federation of Students (YFS). The YFS is a student body governed by its own constitution and bylaws. As such, York University has no authority to dictate the internal affairs of YFS or interfere in student government.

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235 Gosford Blvd. Community Response – Updates

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We’ll be keeping this post up throughout the Winter break to post updates and call outs for support as we receive them.

On November 15th a fire devastated a neighbourhood apartment building, displacing hundreds of residents. It now looks like it may be several months or longer until the tenants can return. Many members have asked how they can support the residents of 235 Gosford Blvd. Keep reading for more information on how to help.

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Nominate Yourself: Committee By-elections at January GMM.

Email VP Unit 1, Stacey Berquist, by December 16th to nominate yourself for the following committees: International Graduate Student CommitteeResearch Cost Fund CommitteeForum ModeratorDistribution CommitteeCommunications CommitteeAll University Pensions CommitteeChild Care Fund and the JHSC. Further information on the committees, including honoraria can be found on our committee page. Any contested positions will be elected at the January GMM (January 9th).

Stewards’ Council Meeting – December 6th

The next Stewards Council meeting has been scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 1pm in the Harry Crowe Room (109 Atkinson College). Departmental Stewards are expected to attend, or send a representative from their department. All members are welcome to attend Stewards Council. Light lunch and tokens will be provided to attendees. The draft agenda for the meeting is below as are highlights from the last SC meeting on October 30th.

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December GMM (December 4th) Tentative Agenda

Our next GMM will be December 4th from 11:30am – 2:30pm in Vari Hall, Room 1152A. Free food and TTC tokens will be available! At this GMM, we will be voting on budget and bylaw amendments, and donation requests. All members are encouraged to attend.

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

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