York University is not seeking any concessions from CUPE 3903

It has recently been suggested that the University is seeking concessions in its contract negotiations with CUPE 3903. For clarity, concessions are defined as changes that relinquish substantive contractual rights – generally wages and benefits. York is not asking for any concessions from any of the unions representing its Teaching Assistants, contract faculty, or Graduate Assistants.

In fact, we have said we will increase salaries in line with other Ontario universities and we are not asking for any changes in the benefits union members now enjoy.

We have made proposals for changes in each of the three Collective Agreements we have with CUPE 3903.

  • For Teaching Assistants (Unit 1), we are proposing to:
  1. Have job offers accepted or rejected within five days for positions advertised late so that others can be offered the job;
  2. Spread funding payments across the calendar year including the summer; and
  3. Make sure that students can communicate with their TAs using email.
  4. Adding forty (40) additional opportunities for Teaching Assistants to work as Course Directors, which keeps pace with the growth in the number of graduate students since the current number of available opportunities was established.
  • For Contract Faculty (Unit 2), we are proposing to:
  1. Have job offers accepted or rejected within five days for positions advertised late, so that others can be offered the job;
  2. Give student access to course evaluations, so they can make informed decisions;
  3. Make sure students can communicate with instructors through email and replace the requirement to post paper copies of departmental and University meeting notices so that we can rely on more effective and efficient electronic notices and
  4. Create new opportunities to provide access to longer term faculty positions, which will replace the expired language between the union and York.
  • For Graduate Assistants (Unit 3), we are proposing to:
  1. Have job offers accepted or rejected within same five days so that others can be offered the job;
  2. Spread funding payments across the calendar year including the summer; and
  3. Remove the requirement to post paper copies of departmental and University meeting notices so that we can rely on more effective and efficient electronic notices.

Click here to review a summary of York’s current bargaining position.