Welcome to New TFAC Co-chairs

TFAC would like to congratulate Navi Dhanota and welcome them as the new TFAC Co-Chair to serve alongside Bridget Liang in the upcoming 2020-2021 year.

Gratitude is also extended to Stephanie Jonsson for running for the position. It’s always exciting to see a lot of interest in this important executive position.

Additional Executive & Bargaining Team Nominations

On June 11th at 12 pm, nominations will re-open for 2020-21 Exec and BT positions that are not already acclaimed/contested.

The online NOMINATION FORM is available HERE; the form will close at the end of the nomination period (June 25th, 12 pm).

The open positions are: Grievance Officer, VP Unit 3, and U3 members of the Bargaining Team (2 of 3).

Elections for all positions will start at the AGM, now rescheduled for July 9th at 1 pm. 

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CUPE 3903 Statement of Solidarity Against Anti-Black Racism

As protests have erupted all over Turtle Island in support of Black lives and against police and institutional violence against the Black community, we express our complete solidarity with all those who engage in and support these uprisings. We remember and say the names of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, D’Andre Campbell, and Abdirahman Abdi, who represent only some of those murdered by police in recent memory. These deaths, in addition to countless other instances of harm, and acts of repression of any expression of Black grief, show how white supremacy is maintained through state-sanctioned police brutality.

White supremacy and systemic racism take many forms; they underpin justifications for violence against Black communities and normalize the idea that Black lives are somehow less valuable than others. Universities have a part to play in addressing white supremacy and anti-Black racism in their own policies and practices. We echo the calls to action by the Harriet Tubman Institute and YUFA’s Race and Equity Caucus (REC). YUFA’s Joint Subcommittee of Employment Equity and Inclusivity has made clear and achievable recommendations for the hiring of Black faculty, which need to be implemented. The university administration has long resisted any attempt to implement meaningful hiring equity provisions for contract faculty. We must address the underrepresentation of Black faculty at York University in a concrete and structural way for any claim to anti-racism to be more than mere sham performativity.

Furthermore, we were appalled to see that the President is considering all of the recommendations of the recent Cromwell report, including deputizing special constables on campus. As a continent-wide debate emerges about the need to defund the police in order to save lives, it is unconscionable that the university administration would consider inviting more policing, and therefore violence, onto our campuses. There is already a long history of policing practices that endanger the safety and sense of belonging of Black and racialized community members on campus. For anti-racism to mean anything at York University, we need to ban all police from campus, not invite more.

The York community needs to live up to its stated mission. Being a social justice university means amplifying and supporting the movements for racial justice. That can mean supporting Black-led protests and events, supporting Black community care initiatives and organizing, donating to Black activism, funds to support the families of those murdered by police, bail funds for protestors, and community organizing where you can. Below is a woefully incomplete list:

No justice. No peace.

Protect Graduate Students; Sign the Petition

The Graduate Students of Canada Collective is a movement of graduate students across Canada concerned about government and university responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two months, graduate students have been faced with mounting socio-economic precarity as a direct result of the pandemic, while feeling increasingly left out of institutional and governmental efforts to provide relief. We urgently call on the government to implement comprehensive and effective measures to support the wellbeing and economic security of all graduate students across Canada.

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Letter of Understanding on COVID 19 Related Issues

As of May 21st, we have a Letter of Understanding (LOU) on COVID 19 Related Issues with York. The LOU will provide much needed financial support to many of our members. This agreement is the first of its kind in the sector and is the outcome of intense negotiations with York.

In brief, York has committed to $140 000 in support of members facing financial hardships, up to $50 000 in reimbursement of expenses and some monies for members attending  instructional design training. We will be sending members additional information on how to apply for reimbursement of expenses and other procedures resulting from the LOU soon.

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Did the Switch to Remote Delivery Leave You Feeling Overworked?

Many members have said the emergency switch to remote delivery significantly increased their workload. We want to check in with members to get an extent of the issue.

If you had courses that were moved to a remote delivery format in mid-March due to COVID-19 and you believe you worked beyond what would have been required if you had completed the course in a face-to-face format, please fill out our Winter semester workload information form. 

At this moment we are only collecting information about work done to complete courses that were running when the mid-March switch to remote delivery occurred. We may collect  information about the summer semesters in the future.

CGEU Constitutional Convention

The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Constitutional Convention will be held online the weekend of June 6-7. Registration is open here.

Delegates are asked to register by May 31. However, if you are not able to register by that date you can contact the CGEU by emailing cgeu.csee@gmail.com.

More information about the purpose of the Constitutional Convention is available here. More information on the Meeting is available here (ici) with updates specific to the online adaptation here.

CGEU unions are also sharing their impact, bargaining strategies, and contract wins during COVID-19. Check out these resources by and for graduate employee unions here.