Labour Negotiations Update

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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.

The University of Toronto, McMaster University and the University of Ottawa were all successful in reaching settlements with their sessional faculty last year with the assistance of a conciliator.

Find out more about conciliation and collective bargaining by subscribing to email updates about York’s negotiations with CUPE 3903:

Here’s short video that explains the bargaining process and clarifies some of the terms you might hear.

York’s labour negotiations goal
York’s overarching goal in all our labour negotiations is to reach a renewed settlement without any disruption to the academic year. York has offered to go to binding interest arbitration at any time.

We respect the work of faculty and staff and believe they deserve fair and equitable contracts. This is why York leads all Ontario universities in the total compensation package that contract faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants receive.

We look forward to successfully reaching renewed agreements with CUPE 3903 that ensure York continues to be in the strongest position to deliver the best possible learning experience for our students while supporting our outstanding teachers and researchers.

Office of the Vice-Provost Students
York University