Our teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants make an immense contribution to the success of our students, which is paramount to us at York.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3903 represents four distinct groups of employees at York called bargaining units.

Three of these bargaining units are involved in these negotiations:

  • Unit 1 represents about 1,900 teaching assistants who conduct tutorials and labs, teach courses and grade. Members of this unit must be graduate students pursuing full-time studies.
  • Unit 2 represents about 1,100 contract faculty who teach courses, conduct tutorials and labs and grade. Contract faculty do not hold full-time academic appointments.
  • Unit 3 represents about 130 graduate assistants who are employed by the university for administrative, clerical or research jobs that are generally not related to their degree.

Unit 4 representing about 15 part-time librarians and archivists completed negotiations on their first collective agreement with York in January 2017 and are not part of this negotiation.