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

Salary increases for all positions of 2.1%, 2.2% and 2.3%

These increases ensure that York’s rates from first day of employment continue to lead in Ontario, including among Toronto universities

Increased Vacation Pay for Members with 5 or more Cumulative Years of Service

Increase in vacation pay from 4 to 6% for those who have five or more years of cumulative service

Improvements in Benefits and Childcare Support

New Dental Benefit and Improvements to existing benefits provisions

Dental implant coverage of up to $1,000 annually per employee as part of the annual $3,000 maximum for Dental Care

Addition of Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) to collective agreements

CUPE 3903 Benefits Fund increase from $180,000 to $220,000

Improvements to annual Childcare Support

Increase in operational subsidy for Student Centre Childcare facility from $37,000 to $40,000 annually

Increase in subsidies for CUPE 3903 members who use the Student Centre Childcare facility from $40,000 to $50,000 annually

Increase in subsidies for CUPE 3903 members who use the Co-op Daycare Centre from $40,000 to $50,000 annually

Increase in Childcare Fund from $200,000 to $260,000 annually to support additional member childcare costs

Security for Unit 1 Funding and Enhancements to Summer Funding

Unit 1 Funding Security

Unit 1 funding in the collective agreement is iron clad and there were no proposals to change or undermine the security of Unit 1 funding. The University offer increases key elements of Unit 1 funding and provides the ability of members to significantly enhance their summer funding.

No funding “clawbacks”

Major scholarships continue to satisfy the Minimum Guarantee funding in the collective agreement in the same way they always have. There is no change. If a teaching assistant receives an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) of $15,000, for example, this scholarship satisfies the Minimum Guarantee funding amount of $5,384 and the teaching assistant still receives $9,616 over and above their collective agreement minimum.

The Collective Agreement has not been changed to affect the way in which these awards satisfy the Minimum Guarantee and, most importantly, does not in anyway diminish the amount of money that members receive.

Increase in Unit 1 funding

Graduate Financial Assistance and Supplementary Graduate Assistance (Grant-in-Aid) are increased by over 2% in each year of the new collective agreement.

Enhanced Summer Funding

More even distribution of funding over the entire academic year and gives members the option of a significant increase in summer funding.

Members may elect to receive their entire Minimum Guarantee funding in the summer when met by the York Fellowship in four equal monthly instalments which, combined with Graduate Financial Assistance and Supplementary Graduate Assistance, provides over $7,200 of summer funding.

Enhancements to Equity and Human Rights Protections and Supports

Fund for Sexual Violence Survivor Support and Sexual Violence Training

New Sexual Violence survivor support with SVRO Fund of $50,000 per year with allocation processes reviewed with CUPE 3903

New paid sexual or domestic violence leave of up to six (6) weeks

Paid sexual violence training including mandatory basic training and voluntary advanced training

Breast Feeding Support

Express commitment to Nursing / breastpumping space on Keele, Glendon and new Markham campus with an accommodation procedure for breastfeeding agreed to by the parties

Other Accommodation Support

Accessibility accommodation procedure with union involvement and timelines

Expanded accommodation-based grounds for extensions of priority pool entitlement

Expanded accommodation-based grounds for academic extensions

Pilot project for American Sign Language (ASL) video relay in addition to the existing ASL interpreter services

Equity Program Expansions and Improvements

Equity preference in hiring of Course Directors where other factors are equal

Implementation of LGBTQ as a fifth employment equity group

Definition of equity-group underrepresentation and process for equity-based hiring by unit

Consultation meeting with new Vice President on equity issues

Trans fund increase from $30,000 to $40,000 per year

Improvements to Professional and Research Support
New and Enhanced Professional Support Funding

Fund Increases

Increase in Research Costs Fund from $100,000 to $110,000 per year

Increase in Tuition Costs Fund from $10,000 to $12,500 per year

Increase in Professional Development Fund from $125,000 to $150,000 per year ($15,000 earmarked for new Career Advancement Program for contract faculty)

New Parking Reimbursement

Cost of parking reimbursed for amounts above the York Lanes day rate for members with off-site work assignments

Year-Round Access to Services

Access to email and Library services during non worked summer period

More Tickets for Greater Access to Course Director Experience and Increased Income that Comes with It
Increase in number of tickets

Increase in number of tickets from 30 to 45 plus up to an additional 10 tickets if there are up to 10 courses which have not been offered in Unit 1 or Unit 2 in the last three years

Ticketed CDs provide $1850 more than a standard teaching assistantship of two tutor 1 assignments plus Grant-in-Aid

Ticketed CDs come with the same Priority Pool and Minimum Guarantee entitlements as any other teaching assistantship

Tickets provide valuable and rewarding professional development experience, especially for any members considering an academic career

Enhanced Funding for any non-covered Employee Needs
Increase in Ways and Means Fund

Increase in CUPE 3903 administered Ways and Means Fund from $74,245 to $85,000

Enhanced Support for Occupational Health and Safety
Increase in Paid Time and Paid Training

Increase in paid time available to CUPE 3903 for Joint Health and Safety activities by 45 Tutor 1 hours

Additional paid training in union-run Health and Safety courses

Improved Access to Space for Union Business
New dedicated union office space

New Union office space on Glendon campus and ability to book space for Union business on any campus without dedicated office space


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