Executive Committee Endorses Kirsten Anderson for Board of Governors

The Executive Committee of CUPE 3903 has voted to endorse Kirsten Anderson’s campaign for YorkU Board of Governors. Kirsten is an active rank & file member and a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Political Science.

For more information please visit her website at kirsten4bog.wordpress.com/

Members can vote online at yuvote.yorku.ca until April 3rd at 5 PM.

York Arbitrarily Redefines Existing Settlement Language

York is denying members increases to vacation pay by arbitrarily adding terms to the existing settlement language. In bargaining, the employer clearly agreed that members with more than 5 years of service would receive 6% vacation pay. York has now arbitrarily decided that this applies only to those with more than 5 continuous years of service, leaving many of our members without their entitled vacation increases.

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York Fails to Implement Increase in Vacation Pay for Many Members

York promised the vacation pay increase (and the retroactive increase) from 4% to 6%  for members with more than 5 years of service was to be included no later than the March paycheques.

It has become apparent that the increase was not properly implemented by payroll;  some members who were eligible were paid the current and retroactive increases, others were denied funds they were owed!

Members with more than 5 years of service should have seen both the 2% increase in vacation pay and the payment for a retroactive increase that could go as far back as September 2017.

If you have more than 5 years of service and did not receive retroactive vacation pay as a lump sum in a separate line in this month’s paycheque (some members were also paid in February), please email your Chief Steward (cupe3903csu1@gmail.com; cupe3903chiefstewardunit2@gmail.com; cupe3903csu3@gmail.com) or the Grievance Officer (cupe3903go@gmail.com) with that information.

Accessibility Town Hall at the Legislature

Join Us!: Accessibility Town Hall at the Legislature  

The Accessibility Committee invites CUPE 3903 members to join together as a community and take part in an Accessibility Town Hall at the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

As a Committee, we hope to have a strong CUPE 3903 presence at the event, facilitate the participation of our members, and speak to the access needs of disabled, precarious academic workers.

CUPE 3903 members who are interested in attending together are encouraged to register for the event and contact us to coordinate meeting locations, accommodation needs, etc. If you would like to take part, please:

1. Register for the Town Hall at www.joelharden.ca/accessibility_town_hall; and,

2. Contact to the Accessibility Committee to attend as a group by email at 3903access@gmail.com.

The Accessibility Town Hall has been organized by NDP MPP Joel Harden, the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, and Pensions (he’s also a former member of CUPE 3903!). More information can be found at www.joelharden.ca/accessibility_town_hall

TFAC Candidates’s Statements

The following candidates are currently running for the position of TFAC Co-Chair. Voting will begin at the TFAC Annual General Meeting on March 26 and will run until March 28, 10-4 each day on the Keele campus. Only TFAC members may participate in this election. All women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members of the local are members are TFAC.

Lindsay Harding

My name is Lindsay Harding. I’m a grad student in Linguistics, and I’m running for TFAC Co-Chair. In the past year I’ve served the membership as a rank and file rep on the CUPE Toronto District Council, the Joint Health and Safety Committee and as moderator of the SC List, in addition to participating in the Steward’s Council and Strike Committee as a Unit 1 department steward. Some folx might remember me as a picket captain at the Pond Rd and Northwest Gate picket lines. I’ve spent the past year devoting all of the time that I could to making York and 3903 more just and equitable spaces, on the picket lines and in committee rooms (including TFAC meetings, of course), in the fight against York’s strike protest reprisals and through my participation in union meetings (including acting as an “(S)GMM buddy” to assist members with disabilities and uphold the equity statement). After spending the past year doing whatever I could as a rank and file member of 3903 to stand up for feminist ideals of inclusivity, diversity, and to fight for the rights of sexual assault survivors in our union, I would welcome the opportunity to do so in the coming year as one of your TFAC Co-Chairs.

Kelsey Ioannoni

My name is Kelsey Ioannoni, I’m a fat, 5th year PhD student in Sociology. I have been involved in the union since my first year at York, when we went on strike in 2015. My involvement has become much more active in the last year or so during bargaining, leading up to and during the strike. During the strike, I attended all SGMMs, Strike Committee, and I was a member of the 8th line, working on shift coordination and payroll for the social media team. To make things more accessible to members who may not have been able to attend, I actively live tweeted Senate meetings keep our members informed. As an intersectional feminist, I am dedicated to accessibility and social justice work, both in the union and in my personal life. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute more to the union in this capacity, if elected.

Susannah Mulvale

My name is Susannah Mulvale and I am nominating myself for TFAC Co-Chair. I have been an active member of CUPE 3903 since 2015 as the Unit 1 Psychology department steward. I was a Strike Coordinator in the 2018 strike and in the past few years I have been active in bargaining, GMMs, Steward’s Council, Strike Committee, and Flying Squad meetings. Since July, 2018 I have held the position of VP Community Relations (formerly VP Gender Issues) for York University Graduate Students’ Association (YUGSA). I have been a YUGSA councillor since 2016 representing the Psychology department, and I am currently Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Psychology Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA). In my PGSA, YUGSA, and CUPE 3903 roles, I have been responsible for campus coalition-building and advocating on behalf of students and CUPE members. Going into next year I would like to continue this work by providing advocacy for TFAC members in union spaces, in the workplace, and on campus generally. I will ensure that TFAC remains an accessible space for women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members.