An update on collective bargaining

Vari Hall

The bargaining teams for CUPE Local 3903 and York University have now started the collective bargaining process for the renewal of the CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3 collective agreements.

At the first bargaining meeting held on Oct. 30, the parties discussed the potential to achieve “extension” renewal agreements.

On Monday, Nov. 16, the teams met via Zoom for the second time where in response to the Oct. 30 discussions, the University presented draft frameworks to provide extensions to the York-CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3 collective agreements.

Given the challenges many face with the ongoing global pandemic, the University presented this framework proposal with the view that the achievement of extension agreements on terms acceptable to both parties would provide certainty for students, teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants, and other employees of the University, and would be of mutual benefit to both parties at this challenging time.

The University awaits CUPE 3903’s response to this proposal. The next bargaining meeting between the teams is scheduled for Nov. 25.