Bargaining Philosophy

We respect our teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants. They contribute to the success of our students, which is paramount to us at York.

Like all universities, York faces significant economic challenges. We must focus on long-term sustainability, taking the economic climate and fiscal realities into account in collective bargaining.

These are important issues and we will discuss them with CUPE 3903 openly, transparently and honestly at the bargaining table.

We believe that they, like us, are working to arrive at an agreement that is in the best interests of our students and will ensure their success.

We will not disparage CUPE 3903 or its members or call its motives into question. We have asked that CUPE 3903 do the same.

We look forward to successfully reaching a renewed agreement with CUPE 3903 that ensures York continues to be in the strongest position to deliver the best possible learning experience for our students while supporting our outstanding faculty, contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants and researchers.

Bargaining Explained

Watch our video that explains the collective bargaining process: