Members interested in representing the local at this year’s CUPE-Ontario Convention (May 29 – June 1) can self nominate either at the next GMM (April 17th) or via email to Stacey Berquist, VP Unit 1 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 12th. If you have already emailed Stacey to express interest you do not have to do so again.
Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre offers a 35% subsidy for all CUPE 3903 members whose children use the Centre. This subsidy was established and has been augmented as a result of the Union’s negotiations with the employer across numerous rounds of bargaining. There are still full- and part-time spaces available for the spring and summer 2019 terms, and the Centre is now also accepting enrolments for the fall-winter 2019-20 academic terms.
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.
Congratulations to Susannah Mulvale and Kelsey Ioannoni who have been elected TFAC Co-Chairs for 2019-2020!
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.
The position of PDF Coordinator will be vacant as of March 31st 2019. If you are interested in nominating yourself for the role, please email Stacey at email@example.com by Monday, April 15th. Please note the position will be effective until the September 2019 GMM, at which point the whole committee will be up for election.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Grievance Officer (email@example.com) with that information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Results of the 2019 Executive Elections are as follows:
- Chairperson – Maija Duncan
- Recording Secretary – Gizem Çakmak
- Treasurer – Michael Laurentius
- Communications Officer – Tanya Da Sylva
- Vice-President Unit 2 – Vanessa Lehan-Streisel
- Chief Steward Unit 2 – Mike Palamarek