CUPE Updates

1. Reminder of Current Situation
2. Unfair Labour Practice Update
3. Info Collection – stay in touch!
4. Urgent Financial Situation
5. Rally

1. Reminder of Current Situation

The Union filed an Unfair Labour Practice complaint at the Labour Board alleging that the Employer acted in bad faith during our last round of bargaining by giving us misleading data. As a result, the GSBF is insufficient to accomplish the goal of topping up members’ funding to $17,500 (more info here:
http://cupe3902.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Press-release-8.12.15-CUPE3902_final.pdf).
We are currently working to address this issue with the Employer and to meet the agreed upon goals of the GSBF. The fund is being held in abeyance until we resolve this issue.

2. Unfair Labour Practice Update

Our Unfair Labour Practice complaint was filed at the Labour Board in December, and the Employer has filed their reply at the Board. On Monday, February 22nd the Union met with the Employer through a mediator to discuss the possibility of a settlement. The session was productive, and we have scheduled three more sessions in April with the same mediator and the Employer to continue to work toward a settlement. Participation in the mediation is voluntary, and can be terminated by the Union or the Employer at any point, in which case our complaint to the Labour Board would continue unimpacted. The mediation matters are confidential, but we will update you as the process continues or a settlement is reached or mediation is terminated.

3. Info Collection – stay in touch!

The process to get the GSBF complaint resolved is long and involved. As such, it is imperative that we keep in touch with anyone who believes they are eligible for a GSBF payment. Please fill out this form if in the 2014-15 academic year you were a Unit 1 member and a graduate student in the funded cohort with funding at less than $17,500: http://goo.gl/forms/FQixPyrf7i Try to give us as much contact info as you possibly can! This process could take a long time and we’d like to be sure that we can get in touch with you when it is resolved.

We also suggest that anyone who expects a payment from the GSBF keep any paperwork and records regarding tuition paid and funding andawards received for the relevant year.

4. Urgent Financial Situation

We understand that the lack of anticipated GSBF money has had serious financial implications for some
members. The bad data received from the Employer has prevented us from distributing the fund. While we can’t promise anything at this time, we’d like to hear from anyone who has found that the lack of this GSBF payment has left them in an urgent financial situation in order to explore options for the interim such as emergency interest-free loans. If you are in such a situation, please send an e-mail to the Secretary Treasurer at st@cupe3902.org.

5. Rally

We need to take action to make sure that the GSBF and issues surrounding graduate funding remain a priority for governing council! Their next meeting is Thursday (February 25), and we are going to have a rally to remind them that low pay and precarious work at U of T is still a problem, and that we stand in solidarity with other workers on campus. Workers from other locals (CUPE 3261, USW 1998 and Unite 75) will be joining us to discuss their concerns as well. We will meet at 3 pm in front of King’s College Circle before marching to Simcoe Hall. Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/478800992306775/