Information For Unit 1

York’s offer to teaching assistants (CUPE 3903 Unit 1) the best among all Ontario universities

York’s offer to TAs is the best of all Ontario universities.

York’s offer ensures total compensation for TAs continues to lead all other Ontario universities.

Unit 1 funding secure and enhanced summer funding

Unit 1 funding is secure, is more evenly distributed across the fall, winter and summer terms and includes the option of significantly enhanced summer funding.

More Tickets for Greater Access to Course Director Experience

The number of tickets is increased to give more PhD students course director opportunities, which are especially valuable for those considering an academic career.

These opportunities also provide more income than standard teaching assistantships.

All CUPE 3903 members to be paid for work done after the strike

All CUPE 3903 members will be paid for grading and other work activities required for the many students needing remediation once the strike ends, to finish the extended term. This is your right.

Our offer to Unit 1 – the full details

Full details of all the enhancements included in our March 20 offer are below. Click on the subheads to see additional information.


Remaining #1 in Total Compensation across the University Sector
Annual salary increases for all positions
Increased Vacation Pay for Members with 5 or more Cumulative Years of Service
Improvements in Benefits and Childcare Support
Security for Unit 1 Funding and Enhancements to Summer Funding

Unit 1 Funding Security
No funding “clawbacks”
Increase in Unit 1 funding

Enhanced Summer Funding
Enhancements to Equity and Human Rights Protections and Supports

Fund for Sexual Violence Survivor Support and Sexual Violence Training
Breast Feeding Support
Other Accommodation Support
Equity Program Expansions and Improvements
Improvements to Professional and Research Support
New and Enhanced Professional Support Funding
Year-Round Access to Services
More Tickets for Greater Access to Course Director Experience and Increased Income that Comes with It
Increase in number of tickets
Enhanced Funding for any non-covered Employee Needs
Increase in Ways and Means Fund
Enhanced Support for Occupational Health and Safety
Increase in Paid Time and Paid Training
Improved Access to Space for Union Business
New dedicated union office space

Click here to read the full Unit 1 Final Offer (March 20, 2018).