Multiple Committee Vacancies Up for By-election

Members can nominate themselves for vacancies in the following committees (1 vacancy each): Joint Health and Safety Committee, Distribution Committee, Employment Equity Committee, and Communications Committee. There is also one opening for a Forum Moderator.

Nominations will be accepted via email to Stacey Berquist, VP Unit 1 at cupe3903vpu1@gmail.com by Monday, January 27th. Contested positions will be voted on at the February GMM.

CUPE 3903 in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

At the January GMM, members voted to stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders and all those who oppose the violent cycles of settler colonization.

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation has never ceded their traditional territory to the Canadian state, nor its corporations, and their Aboriginal title has never been extinguished across the land that they continue to occupy today. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation remain stewards of their sovereign territory in the interior of so-called British Columbia. Yet they now face increased militarization on their territories as private and crown corporations attempt to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline (CGL) without consent of the Wet’suwet’en people.

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Important Blanket Application Information for Unit 1

Unit 1 members must use their student Passport York (PPY) log-in to access the correct Unit 1 Blanket Application. If Unit 1 members log-in with their employee PPY they will be taken to the Unit 2 application. This mistake in the application system occurred in 2019 as well, at the time Faculty Relations told us they would look into addressing it. We are disappointed to see that even with a year to work on the issue York continues to make applying for positions more difficult for our Unit 1 members than is necessary.

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Draft Hiring Protocol for Equity Officer (Retirement Replacement)

Our Equity Officer, Sheila Wilmot, has announced her intent to retire. Sheila’s last day will be February 29th. It is critical that we hire a replacement as soon as possible.  A draft hiring protocol will be brought to the membership at the January GMM – this Thursday, January 9th. A link to this draft protocol is below.

We are asking all members to come out to the GMM if they can, as must get started on the hiring process.

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Congratulations to Members Hired To SRCs!

As part of our arbitrated settlement York must appoint 18 Unit 2 members to Special Renewable Contracts by July 1, 2020. While, the number of SRCs was awarded through arbitration, the hiring process is a part of YUFA’s collective agreement. The first round of appointments have been completed, with 10 SRCs commencing January 1st, 2020. We have inquired about the remaining 8 positions and are awaiting a response from York.

Congratulations to all of the new YUFA members!

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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.