York welcomes decision by CUPE 3903 Unit 2 to ratify the Memorandum of Settlement and return to work on Monday

This is a note for CUPE 3903 Unit 2 Members

We are very pleased that contract faculty in Unit 2 voted to accept our offer and return to work. We recognize and truly value the contributions that contract faculty make to teaching and learning at the University and will be working with them to facilitate as efficient a return to work and engagement in remediation as possible.

To help start the return-to-work process, please indicate your availability and agreement to return to work on Monday, June 18 to complete your Fall/Winter and Winter Term work assignments.

To help facilitate this process, please go to https://cupejobs.uit.yorku.ca/remediate which will be available starting at 7 am Saturday morning. Your Department or Faculty will be advised once you have completed this important step.

If you are unable to use the online process, please indicate your availability to return to work to complete your Fall/Winter and Winter term courses in writing to your department or faculty.

We anticipate that it will take a few days for remediation plans to be finalized. Further information will be forthcoming, including when in class lectures might be available. Please be mindful that students cannot be required to attend in-class lectures and so remediation plans will need to be as flexible as possible.

Summer Term and Fall/Winter 2018-19 Academic Session 

We will be communicating shortly about the possibility of an abridged S2 term and work opportunities for Unit 2 members.

We will also begin the posting and hiring process under the Unit 2 collective agreement as soon as it is practical for the Fall/Winter 2018-19 academic session.

Moving forward together in support of our students

This has been a long and difficult process for everyone involved. We are looking forward to working with you to provide the necessary remediation to enable our students to complete their courses from the 2017-18 academic year.

Unit 1 and Unit 3 Remain on Strike

Teaching assistants, represented by CUPE 3903 Unit 1 and graduate assistants, represented by CUPE 3903 Unit 3, remain on strike. We ask the Bargaining Teams to consider taking our Unit 1 and Unit 3 offers to their members for ratification to bring all CUPE 3903 colleagues back allowing certainty for all students to complete their term.

With the recent announcement by the incoming provincial government that it will introduce back-to-work legislation next month if the strike is continuing, referral of outstanding issues to arbitration is inevitable. If there is a certainty of arbitration in the month ahead, it simply makes no sense to prolong the impasse and the continued negative impact it creates for our students, CUPE 3903 members and the rest of our community.

We urge all members of our York community to treat each other with respect and compassion as we move forward in the spirit of reconciliation consistent with York values.