Information For Unit 3

York’s offer to graduate assistants (CUPE 3903 Unit 3) the best among all Ontario universities

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

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 3 – the full details

Details of all the enhancements included in our 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

New Incentive Funding to Encourage Creation of Gradate Assistantships
New Graduate Assistant Training Fund

New Graduate Assistant Training Fund providing $80,000 per year in financial incentives to faculty with external research funding to hire graduate assistants.

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 enhanced 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

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

Equity Program Expansions and Improvements

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
Professional Development Fund, Parking and Email

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

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

Access to email and Library services during non worked summer period

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 for Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Members

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
Improved Access to Space for Union Business

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 3 Final Offer (March 20, 2018).