A fair deal could end the strike

 

Undergraduate students join CUPE 3903 members on the picket line during the York strike.

Undergraduate students join CUPE 3903 members on the picket line.

CUPE 3903 has now been on strike for one week.

Our hope was to get a new contract through the bargaining process, but York backed us into a corner. Now that we’re on strike, we’re still working hard to get a fair deal.

So why are we on strike?

We believe tuition fees are too high, not only for our members, but also for all students at York. One of our demands is to protect our members from tuition fee increases, which helps build the fight against all tuition fees.

We also believe that contract faculty deserve real job security. When your teachers have more time to prepare their courses, to hold regular office hours, and to give you the attention you deserve, the quality of your education improves dramatically.

These are reasonable demands. Our teaching conditions are your learning conditions, and all of us are trying to create a better York. Learn more about the strike by reading these FAQs.

We are grateful for the support that students have shown us on the picket lines. The more support we have from students, the sooner we can get a fair deal – and end the strike.

Send a message to York President Mamdouh Shoukri, urging the university to negotiate a fair contract. Click here to send a message now.

A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.

 

Help us get a fair contract – and avoid a strike at York

Members of CUPE 3903 demonstrate their support for York students.

Members of CUPE 3903 demonstrate their support for York students.

CUPE 3903 has set a strike deadline of March 3, the earliest date we could be on strike.

We still prefer a negotiated settlement, but York has shown little movement at the bargaining table. We are running out of options to get a fair contract.

If there is a strike, our members will stop teaching and set up picket lines at campus entrances. Anyone attempting to cross our lines should expect delays. Exceptions may be made for members to conduct lab work or research not related to their paid employment at York.

According to Senate policy, students who choose not to cross picket lines “are entitled to immunity from penalty, to reasonable alternative access to materials covered in their absence, to reasonable extensions of deadlines and to such other remedy as Senate deems necessary and consistent with the principle of academic integrity.” Read the full policy here.

If we have to strike, we hope it will be short. But we can’t predict how the university will respond. It could cancel classes or try to keep the campus open.

The best way to avoid a strike is to negotiate a fair deal for our members.

Send a message to York President Mamdouh Shoukri, urging the university to negotiate a fair contract. Click here to send a message now.

A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.

Is there going to be a strike at York?

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Members of CUPE 3903 have voted almost 80 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, after conducting a poll from January 26 to 30. Over 40 per cent of the union’s 3,700 members cast ballots, the largest turnout in ten years. The full results are available here.

Does this mean there’s going to be a strike at York? Not necessarily.

The purpose of the strike mandate vote was to give the union more leverage at the bargaining table, as it negotiates a new contract with York University. We are bargaining for accessible, high quality education, a fair and equitable workplace, and a safe and healthy campus. We believe our proposals will improve the quality of education at York, and we want a fair deal for everyone.

But the university has been dragging its feet, and remains largely unresponsive. Now that we have a strong strike mandate, we hope it will kick-start the bargaining process – and help us avoid a strike.

Students, parents, and members of the York community can also help us avoid a strike, by putting pressure on the university to reach a negotiated settlement. Only if the bargaining process breaks down do we run the risk of a strike.

Send a message to York University President Mamdouh Shoukri, urging the university to negotiate a fair contract. Click here to send a message.

Please also complete our online survey to find out what we’re doing to build a better York. If you have any questions, please contact us here.

A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.

Why are we having a strike vote?

We are members of CUPE 3903, and we are holding a strike mandate vote at York University from January 26 to 30.

Watch this video to find out why we’re having a strike vote, and how it affects you.

We believe a better York is possible. One of the ways we build a better York is through collective bargaining – the process of negotiating a contract with York University. Our contract expired on August 31, 2014, and we’re trying to negotiate a new one.

We want a fair deal for everyone, but the administration is dragging its feet. A strong strike mandate will show that we’re serious about bargaining – and help us avoid a strike. A strong strike mandate will also give us leverage at the bargaining table, and help us build a better York for everyone, not just our members.

Check out these FAQs to learn more about the strike vote, and whether a strike will happen at York this semester.

For regular updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, check out this link – and you could win a free iPad!

A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.

Welcome, students.

We are members of CUPE 3903, and we believe a better York is possible.

Watch the video to learn more about our members, and what we’re doing to build a better York.

Over the next few weeks, we will be distributing campaign postcards to you and other members of the York community – explaining why we’re having a strike vote at the end of January. The postcard will hopefully lead you here, which is where you can learn more about the strike vote, the bargaining process, and how bargaining affects you.

Stay tuned for more updates, including on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, check out this link – and you could win a free iPad!

A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.