CUPE 3903 and York University agree to withdraw Unfair Labour Practice complaints filed with Ontario Labour Board
During recent labour negotiations, CUPE 3903 and York University both filed Unfair Labour Practice complaints. The Union complaints were about University communications and the alleged mis-use of a web domain. The owner of that domain was subpoenaed and attended a hearing held last week.
To all Tutorial Assistants, Course Directors and Graduate Assistants who are members of CUPE 3903 Unit 1 and Unit 3
The Royal Assent of the Back-to-Class Legislation (BTCL) officially ends the CUPE 3903 strike of Units 1 and 3. We appreciate that there is much work to be done to build the type of collegial relationships needed for all members of the community to recover from this strike and begin to work together on resolving the issues facing higher education. We are committed to undertaking those efforts. As our immediate priority, we look forward to welcoming all of you back, and to working with you to complete the 2017-18 academic session and begin preparing for the academic year ahead.
Earlier today, the Ontario government passed ‘Back to Class’ legislation, which officially marks the end of the strike by CUPE 3903 Unit 1, representing our teaching assistants, and Unit 3, representing graduate assistants.
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated June 27, 2018 and to forward revised offers for Units 1 and 3. We understand the impact this strike has had on the entire York community and are disappointed that we continue to find ourselves at this impasse. At my request, we tabled sector-leading offers to avoid a strike in the first instance, and at each opportunity to work with a mediator to try to resolve the strike – Greg Long on March 20, William Kaplan during his three-week appointment as Industrial Inquiry Commissioner in April, and Kevin Burkett on June 2 – we tabled improvements to our offers as a good faith demonstration of our commitment to try to reach a settlement.
As you are likely aware, this past Friday, CUPE 3903 Unit 2 members ratified by a large margin the University’s offer first made in mediation with Kevin Burkett on June 4 and 5, and re-tabled on June 8.
This morning York University activated the website for CUPE 3903 Unit 2 course directors to submit their Remediation Plans.
York University is happy to welcome back to work CUPE 3903 Unit 2. The following document provides important information about steps you need to take in order to facilitate a smooth re-entry and to fulfill our collective obligations to students in line with Senate policy.
We are pleased that contract faculty in Unit 2 voted last Thursday and Friday to accept the University’s offer, with referral of outstanding issues to interest arbitration, to end the strike. It would however be far better if a settlement could be reached for Units 1 and 3 without any further unnecessary delay in view of their important contributions to York students’ learning experience but also in the interests of starting the post-strike reconciliation work that needs to be done together as a community.
York welcomes decision by CUPE 3903 Unit 2 to ratify the Memorandum of Settlement and return to work on Monday
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.
York University responds to an open letter from Fred Hahn of CUPE Ontario to address inaccuracies.