Labour Disruption Communications 2018

Please find below an archive of all email communications sent to students related to the 2018 CUPE 3903 labour disruption.

Download the Simplified Course Completion Options PDF file.

ACTION REQUIRED: Important information about your grades

July 3, 2018

Dear Student

Please be aware that one or more missing grades remain on your record.

If you are already in conversation with your instructor, have submitted final work, formally declared “deferred standing” or submitted a request to drop the course(s), you do not need to take any further action regarding missing grades. We will update your record as instructors continue to submit final grades.


July 25, 2018

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.

We were pleased to welcome our contract faculty members (Unit 2) back to work on June 16, when they voted to accept the University’s offer, and we are grateful that all our CUPE colleagues will now be returning.

Course schedule release for remediation of Fall/Winter 2017-2018 and Winter 2018 / Diffusion de l’horaire des cours de remédiation FW17/18 et W18

July 18, 2018

Dear Students,

The Ontario Government has introduced Back-to-Class Legislation that, if passed, will see CUPE members of Units 1 and 3 return to work and allow for remediation of Fall/Winter 2017-2018 full year and Winter 2018 term courses. The University looks forward to welcoming our students back. We are eager to ensure that students impacted by the strike will have the information and resources needed to participate in remediation of courses.

Open Letter to the York University Community

June 28, 2018

You may be aware that on March 20, 2018 a group of students began a sit-in in the University Senate Chamber which has continued through to today. For a number of weeks, the University permitted the group to remain in the Chamber recognizing that sit-ins can be a peaceful form of political expression.

Clarification of provisional grades for students who have just graduated

June 26, 2018

Dear Students,

We are writing to students who recently graduated with Provisional Grades as part of their record.

Residence Extension & Labour Update

June 19, 2018

Dear resident,

A few weeks ago, your stay in residence was extended to June 25 at no cost to you because of your extenuating circumstances related to the labour disruption. We are writing to follow up with you.

You would have recently received a communication from Lucy Fromowitz, Vice-Provost Students, regarding remediation plans for FW17/18 and W18 courses. With the remediation period for completing the balance of in-class teaching now set to take place between July 23 and August 20, followed by an exam period, we are once again extending residence at no cost to our current residents who have outstanding FW17/18 or W18 course grades who still require accommodation in residence to complete their courses.

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Additional details about CUPE 3903 Unit 2 return to work and remediation

JUNE 18, 2018

Dear Student,

We are following up on our initial communication of Friday, June 15, 2018 to share plans about remediation for FW17/18 and W18 courses.

Three principles guide our remediation plans: fairness to students, academic integrity and timely information. These principles can be found in Senate Policy.

York welcomes decision by CUPE 3903 Unit 2 to ratify the Memorandum of Settlement and return to work on Monday

June 15, 2018

Dear Students,

We are very pleased that contract faculty in CUPE 3903 - Unit 2 at Keele and Glendon have voted to accept our offer and return to work. 

Violation of York University’s Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities

May 28, 2018

To: Reclaim York U members in the Senate Chamber 

I am writing to follow up on the letter I hand delivered to you on April 26, 2018 asking you to vacate the Senate Chamber.  As you are aware, I made myself available to discuss with you the matter and my letter.  You posted a response on social media stating several demands.  The University does not agree to your demands.   

Update Regarding Residence

May 21, 2018

Dear Resident,

York University will not require any student impacted by the ongoing strike to leave residence. We have asked you, as a student, to let us know if you have extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from leaving by May 31. Please email us at by May 23 if you have not already done so. We fully appreciate that students are in a variety of situations and we are absolutely committed to providing the supports you need. We will review each individual circumstance on a case-by-case basis, responding by May 26.

Information on possible traffic disruption May 22-25

May 18, 2018

Dear Student,

The University has been made aware that CUPE 3903 affiliated workers are intending to disrupt traffic moving onto campus through most of the gates and this disruption is expected to continue for the duration of next week. It is expected that there may be particularly long delays at those gates that do remain open to traffic.

Important Update Regarding the Residence Extended Term & Move-out

May 17, 2018

Dear Student,

This is an important message about your residence occupancy, move-out, the ongoing labour disruption, course remediation, summer session dates and Summer Residence.

Recently, you received two communications from Lisa Philipps, Interim Vice President Academic & Provost, that can be reviewed at the links below:

Summer enrollment at York U

May 17, 2018

Dear Student,

Summer courses will begin on May 22, 2018. The new Summer 2018 course timetable is now available on the Course Timetable Search website, with a reduced list of offerings. If you haven’t already, you can enrol in available courses through the Registration & Enrolment Module.

You have received a refund for a summer course that has been cancelled

May 17, 2018

Dear Student

Summer courses for SU and S1 will begin on May 22, 2018 (with the exception of courses that have received exemption from Senate Executive).The new Summer 2018 course timetable is now available on the Course Timetable Search website, with a reduced list of offerings.

Confirming course completion options for graduating students

May 11, 2018

Dear Student

I recognize that the uncertainty surrounding the completion of your term and graduation has been stressful for you and your family. We are committed to doing everything we can to allow students to graduate as planned wherever possible.

I appreciate that you may be anxious to receive confirmation of your eligibility. We are in the process of auditing your record to confirm completion or identify any outstanding degree requirements. Be aware that final grades will be added as they become available.

Start of Summer session - International Students

May 7, 2018

Dear Students,

We are excited to welcome you to York University and pleased to inform you that the Summer Session has now been confirmed to begin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

The Summer 2018 Session will consist of one 12-week term and one 6-week term both beginning on May 22. We anticipate that the number of courses offered will be reduced from the original schedule as a result of the current labour disruption.

Start of Summer session - Domestic Students

May 7, 2018

Dear Students,

We are excited to welcome you to York University and pleased to inform you that the Summer Session has now been confirmed to begin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

The Summer 2018 Session will consist of one 12-week term and one 6-week term both beginning on May 22. We anticipate that the number of courses offered will be reduced from the original schedule as a result of the current labour disruption.

Response to the Industrial Inquiry Commission recommendation to proceed to interest arbitration

May 4, 2018

Dear Student,

Today, we received Mr. Kaplan’s report and after reviewing his findings, we fully endorse the conclusion and recommended approach to resolve the strike.

We have reached out to CUPE 3903 to indicate we would like to begin work immediately, to implement Mr. Kaplan’s recommendation of arbitration.

Please read Mr. Kaplan’s report and our response.

Information about Summer 2018 session, Graduation and Convocation

May 2, 2018

Dear Student,

As we are in the ninth week of the strike, we recognize that the uncertainty surrounding the completion of your term, the start of the summer term, graduation and Convocation has been stressful for you and your families. We are writing with important updates reflecting the current situation.

A Message from the Vice-Provost, Students to Reclaim YorkU members in the Senate Chamber

April 26, 2018

To: Reclaim YorkU members in the Senate Chamber

I am writing to request that you leave the Senate Chamber. We cannot continue with the current situation for many reasons. Safety is clearly a significant reason, but equally important is the principle that the freedom to express divergent opinions does not extend to compromising and disruptive activities. Freedom of expression and goals of inclusion are not compatible with subverting the policies of the University such as disruptions of or interference with University activities, as well as failure to adhere to health and safety standards.

A Message to the York Community from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton

April 26, 2018

Dear Student,

A corner stone of all we do at York University is respect for diversity, including diversity of thought. This respect for diversity of thought informs engaged learning environments where concepts are tested, challenged and critiqued. It informs our colleagues’ research that is internationally recognized for ushering in new theoretical paradigms and extending the boundaries of knowledge. It informs the robust and critical exchanges necessary for sound functioning of our councils, Senate and other collegial bodies.

Mediation meetings end and CUPE 3903 rejects arbitration

April 20, 2018

Dear Student,

After three days of mediation this week led by Bill Kaplan, the sole member of an Industrial Inquiry Commission created by the Province to look into the strike, CUPE 3903 conveyed to the Commissioner that it has decided not to continue discussions any further and is also not prepared to agree to arbitration

Financial Remediation and Course Relief Options

April 19, 2018

Dear members of the York Community,

We are now half-way through the seventh week of the strike, raising questions for many students about how they can finish courses that have been interrupted and confirm their plans for summer study, work, or travel. We recognize that these uncertainties have been immensely stressful for students and their families.

Decision by province to appoint expert to review strike issues

April 14, 2018

Dear Student,

York University welcomes the decision by the provincial government to appoint William Kaplan, a highly regarded labour relations expert with significant experience in the university sector, as the sole member of an Industrial Inquiry Commission to look into the issues of the strike by CUPE 3903.

York disappointed with vote to reject contract offers

April 9, 2018

Dear Student,

We are deeply disappointed with the results of the vote by members of CUPE 3903 in Units 1, 2 and 3 in rejecting our contract offers which improve upon contracts which already lead in total compensation, benefits and job security provisions in Ontario.

Delayed Summer Term Start Date (SU18)

April 5, 2018

Dear Student,

On April 3, 2018, the Executive Committee of Senate of York University determined that the start date for the Summer 2018 academic session will be delayed. The earliest date that Summer session classes will begin is Tuesday, May 22. The only exception is that Summer session graduate courses offered by the Schulich School of Business will begin as planned on April 30. You can review the updated “Completion of Courses and Finalization of Grades” document from April 3 for up-to-date information.

A Message from President Lenton and Principal Ipperciel on Recent Acts of Vandalism at Glendon Campus

April 3, 2018

Dear Student,

We strongly condemn the recent acts of vandalism on the picket line equipment at our Glendon Campus, and are particularly troubled by disturbing fascist graffiti and personal threats against CUPE colleagues. Upon learning of the incidents, York’s Security Services immediately notified the Toronto Police Service and are monitoring the area and assisting TPS in their investigation.

Understanding the Assessed Grades Option

Mar 29, 2018

Dear Student,

A range of academic accommodations and remediation options have been developed to assist all students in all scenarios to successfully complete their courses.

Assessed Grades

Minister of Labour approves electronic voting on York offers to CUPE 3903

Mar 29, 2018

Dear Student,

The Minister of Labour has directed the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to make arrangements for e-voting by CUPE 3903 members on York University’s March 20 offers, starting Friday April 6th. Details to follow when available.

York University Requests a Supervised Vote

Mar 27, 2018

Dear Student,

Our students want to get back to finish the school year so they can keep their plans – graduation, summer jobs, family responsibilities and travel for those going home or abroad.

Respect and tolerance urged

Mar 23, 2018

Dear Student,

York and other universities are spaces where differences must be expressed openly, honestly and without fear. We value diversity, including the diversity of thought as an essential ingredient in a learning environment. We understand and respect those who may have different perspectives, and especially at this challenging time, we continue to urge all community members to do the same.

York University remains open and all classes that can continue will continue

Mar 22, 2018

Dear Student,

York University remains open and classes that can continue will continue, as they have since the strike by CUPE 3903 began on March 5.

Bargaining Update: York and CUPE 3903 remain far apart on key issues

Mar 20, 2018

Dear Student,

York returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday, March 20, prepared to listen, discuss and negotiate a way forward to end the strike.

Information about the completion of courses and finalization of grades

Mar 19, 2018

Dear Student,

The Executive Committee of Senate released the options for completion of courses and finalization of grades on Monday, March 19. These options cover:

    University requesting resumption of bargaining with CUPE 3903 on Tuesday, March 20

    Mar 18, 2018

    Dear Student,

    In the best interests of our students and the York community, the University, through the mediator, informed CUPE 3903 that it is prepared to return to the bargaining table with the mediator’s assistance on Tuesday, March 20.

    Important information about the April exam period

    Mar 14, 2018

    Dear Student,

    I am writing to inform you that Senate Executive has determined that courses that are currently running despite the labour disruption will have an exam period scheduled to end no later than the current published scheduled end date for winter exams – April 23, 2018. While there may be some adjustments to dates and times, these exams will conclude by April 23.

    Memorandum on a Path Forward in the Labour Disruption

    Mar 13, 2018

    Dear Student,

    York University, through the Ministry of Labour mediator, has sent a memo to CUPE 3903, outlining a proposed path forward in the on-going labour disruption.

    Completing course requirements after labour disruption

    Mar 12, 2018

    Dear Student,

    With the labour disruption in its second week we know you’re concerned about how to complete your academic studies.

    Winter Course Drop Deadline and Course Withdrawal (W transcript notation) period extended

    Mar 8, 2018

    Dear Student,

    In view of the disruption that began on March 5, the Executive Committee of Senate has determined the Winter term Course Drop Deadline date and Course Withdrawal (W transcript notation) Period will be extended. The extension will apply to Winter term courses only and there is no adjustment for courses for which the Winter term drop date fell prior to March 5. Read the Senate Executive statement here:

    Labour update: A fair deal is possible without prolonging the strike

    Mar 6, 2018

    Dear Student,

    A fair deal is possible without prolonging the strike

    Since bargaining began last fall, York University has been committed to reaching a new collective agreement with no disruption to the school year.

    President Rhonda Lenton regarding labour disruption

    March 5, 2018

    Dear Student,

    By now, you will have learned that following six months of negotiations, CUPE 3903 has rejected the University’s best offer to reach a renewed settlement (or collective agreement), presented on March 1.

    University to remain open during CUPE 3903 labour disruption

    Mar 3, 2018

    Dear Student,


    Yesterday, after six months of negotiations, CUPE 3903 – representing graduate assistants, teaching assistants and contract faculty – announced that it rejected the University’s final offer of March 1 and plans to go on strike as of 12:01 am on Monday, March 5.

    York University committed to reaching a fair deal

    Mar 2, 2018

    Dear Student,

    York University committed to reaching a fair deal

    Our students and their academic success guides every decision we make at York University, that includes the full-time students who hold part-time jobs in CUPE 3903.

    Negotiations have ended and York U’s best offer presented

    March 1, 2018

    Dear Student,

    Negotiations now ended
    Negotiations that began last fall and continued with a mediator present since January are now ended.

    An open letter from the Provost regarding labour negotiations

    Feb 26, 2018

    Dear Student,

    York University’s highest priority is supporting the academic success of each and every one of our students.

    We have made and continue to make every reasonable effort to reach a collective agreement with CUPE 3903 and avoid a strike. We remain fully committed to continuing negotiations with the assistance of the provincially appointed mediator to reach a new collective agreement.

    Open Letter to the York Community

    Jan 27, 2018

    York remains committed to a negotiated settlement with no strike.

    Nothing is more important to York than our students and their academic success.

    Labour Negotiations Update

    January 10, 2018

    Dear Student,

    Bargaining between York and CUPE 3903 resumed January 8, 2018 with a conciliator present to help both sides reach new collective agreements.

    As an independent third party, a conciliator assists parties in resolving differences in an effort to reach collective agreements and avoid a strike.

    Stay informed about labour negotiations at York

    Nov 28, 2017

    Dear Student,

    The interests of all our students and their academic success are paramount at York.

    Being informed and up-to-date about the current labour negotiations with teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants represented by CUPE 3903 is important.