This is a brief but very important message from CUPE 3902 and UTMAGS:
1) At tonight’s General Meeting the CUPE 3902 membership voted yes to go on strike starting February 24th if the university does not come back to union with a better collective agreement.
2) CUPE 3902 will be holding a meeting at UTM this Thursday, February 2nd from 12-1pm in IB 245. We hope that all UTM TA’s attend if possible. Please RSVP to email@example.com so we can have an accurate count for lunch.
Below is a message from CUPE 3902 concerning the meeting. Thanks, and we hope that you can all make it to the meeting Thursday.
Dear UTM TAs and educational workers,
As you are no doubt aware, CUPE3902, your union representing educational workers at UTM, UTSC and St. George, and the university administration have been bargaining over a new collective agreement. Several weeks ago, the university administration filed for conciliation with the Provincial Government. With this stage of the bargaining process complete, a lock out or strike situation, though still not imminent, is increasingly likely.
This Thursday, February 2, 12-1pm, there will be a Strike/Bargaining Info Session for members based at UTM campus in IB 245 (Instructional Centre, by UTM Shuttle drop off). All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions.
At the Info Session, your UTM steward, UTM Strike Coordinator and a member of the bargaining team will be available to discuss questions related to:
-what are the sticking points in negotiations?
-what are the merits of the university’s offer (if there is one to present to the membership)?
-what will a strike look like at UTM?
-will a strike affect my ability to complete my research?
-what counts as strike breaking?
-what can I do to help (and receive strike pay)?
-what is the history of strikes at U of T?
I hope to see all of you there, and I look forward to meeting you. If you cannot make the meeting, feel free to email me any questions/concerns you have and I will try to get the answers for you at the meeting.
UTM Steward, CUPE3902
What about other campuses? For instance, UTSC or St. George campus?
It’s everybody, but from what I understand we will be able to picket at each of our home campuses. Still waiting to hear back from the union for more details :/
A strike would affect all three campuses. The union is holding information sessions on all three campuses to keep our members informed about what they might expect from a strike should the bargaining team be unable to negotiate an agreement on or before the deadline.
The strike will take place at St George, UTM, and UTSc. We are holding information sessions at St George in different departments, and we are holding one big info session at UTM for all those based at UTM. If you are looking for when the information sessions are you can contact the steward in your department or you can contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can help you figure that out.
As for picketing, we will be picketing out at all three campus, although the details have yet to be sorted out.
If you have any other questions, we can answer them tomorrow at the info session at UTM or via email. I am coordinating the strike efforts out at UTM so feel free to contact me with your questions, or Troy, the UTM steward, at email@example.com.
See you tomorrow,
UTM Coordinator, Strike Committee
MA Geography (Cand)
Thanks for the additional info guys! We hope to see you all tomorrow!