Labour of Love?: Precarious Work and the Future of Academic Workers Conference: April 26th

Labour of Love?: Precarious Work and the Future of Academic Workers is an interdisciplinary conference that offers academics and workers from all institutions an opportunity to explore what it means to do precarious work and how to address its challenges. The conference is being organized by the Precarity Working Group, a team of dedicated University of Toronto Unit 3 members.

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April GMM: Tentative Agenda (April 17, 2019)

  1. Roll call of officers (5 minutes)
  2. Reading of the Equality Statement (3 minutes)  
  3. Reading of the Mississauga Land Acknowledgement (2 minutes) 
  4. Notices (5 minutes)
    1. Bylaw Amendment: Article 10 (Committees)
    2. Bylaw Amendment: Article 14.V.a (Elections)
    3. Bylaw Amendment: Article 7.c (Dues and Assessments)
    4. Bylaw Amendment: Article 8.I (Chairperson
  5. Approval of Minutes (10 minutes)
    1. March 2019 AGM minutes
  6. Unfinished Business (10 minutes)
    1. Endorsement Request: We Are The Students – YU Campaign
    2. Update from the Better York Referendum
  7. Matters arising (15 minutes)
    1. Bylaw Amendment: Article 10 (Committees – Accessibility Committee)
    2. Bylaw Amendment: Trans Fund Committee  
    3. Bylaw Amendment: Article 10(e) – Committees  
    4. Bylaw Amendment: Article 9.I – Officers  
    5. Bylaw Amendment: Appendix G – Donations Policy (Application of the Donations Policy to Main Operating Lines)  
  8. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Notice of Proposed Budget Amendments
  9. New Business
    1. Endorsement Request: The United May Day Committee Rally (May 4)
  10. Nominations, Elections, Installations (15 minutes)
    1. Outstanding committee elections  
    2. Delegate elections
      1. CUPE Ontario Convention  
    3. Election of Trial Committee
  11. Executive Report-backs (15 minutes)
  12. Reports of Committees and Delegates
    1. National Bargaining Convention
  13. Adjournment

Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre Full- and Part-time Spaces Available

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.

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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

Members can vote online at 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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