An update on collective bargaining

York University in the Winter. Keele campus scene shows a building and pine boughs.

On Friday, Jan. 22, the University and CUPE 3903 (Units 1, 2, and 3) – the union representing York’s teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants – met for the eighth time. From the outset of bargaining, the University’s goal has been to bargain extensions to the current collective agreements to provide stability and certainty during these unprecedented times.

Among the items that the University presented to CUPE early in bargaining, is the creation of a joint committee to address job stability. The University has also responded positively to certain items from CUPE’s proposals during bargaining that will allow for negotiated extension agreements in an expeditious manner.

After reviewing and considering the union’s most recent proposals, the University presented revised extension framework proposals for each of CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3 on Friday, Jan. 22.

These proposals included extensions to the current Long Service Teaching Appointment (LSTA) and conversion programs over the course of the next collective agreement. The University’s only proposed change to the existing language of these programs is that the University is inviting a discussion about how to provide opportunities for members of equity-deserving groups through these programs.

The University looks forward to continuing bargaining on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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