CUPE 3903 Rally – July 17th and 18th!

As you read this, CUPE 3903 — teaching and graduate assistants at York University  — are still on strike, making their strike the longest post-secondary strike in Canadian history.

Earlier this week, the new Conservative government released its “Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting” and the first item on the list is taking away rights from education workers at York University by tabling back-to-work legislation.

CUPE 3903 is holding Days of Action at Queen’s Park this upcoming Tuesday & Wednesday and invites support and solidarity. We urge any members who are able to join the picket lines at Queen’s Park to support our brothers and sisters.

When: Tuesday, July 17 & Wednesday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Queen’s Park

Show your solidarity with these workers, and fight for workers’ rights in Ontario!

Do Doug Ford’s tax cuts beat a $15 minimum wage?

Spoilers: No, they don’t!

It turns out that those making less than $30,000/year who would be benefiting from Ford’s proposed income tax cut pay on average only $485 in taxes a year, while the difference between a $14 and $15 wage equates to almost $2,000/year in extra income.

And thats not the only reason why Ford’s tax plan – and his promise to freeze the minimum wage at $14 – doesn’t make sense. Check out this short post from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ blog Behind the Numbers for all the details – and don’t stop fighting for $15!

General Membership Meeting + Supporting Nick Cowan

General Membership Meeting

This is a reminder that the next General Membership Meeting is coming up very soon! On Saturday, June 23rd from 10AM to 12PM we will be meeting in room 1001 of the Sanford Fleming Building (10 Kings College Road), onSt. George campus. During this meeting, we will be holding nominations for the position of President and Recording Secretary, as well as proposing new amendments to our bylaws, and providing an update on new developments and outstanding issues within our Local.

Supporting Nick Cowan

In addition, we would also like to share with you a fundraising page for Nick Cowan, a fellow CUPE 3261 member from UofT Scarbrough who has been battling pancreatic cancer for 1.5+ years. With limited treatment options remaining in Canada, Nick and his wife Elyse are now beginning to explore options in the United States. Please consider helping to support them in order to reduce the cost of medical and travel expenses, as well as alleviate external stressors for them during this time.

A motion will also be put forward at the membership meeting next week for the Local to donate $1000 to the Cowans.

Come out on Saturday, June 16th to the Rally for Decent Work

Doug Ford may have a majority of seats at Queen’s Park, but he doesn’t represent the majority of Ontarians. Despite a higher voter turnout (58%), more than 40% of eligible voters did not vote. And of those who did, 60% did not vote for Doug Ford and his plan to scrap the $15 minimum wage. On June 16, let’s show Doug Ford that we will not allow our new labour laws to be rolled back and that we will keeping fighting to improve on what we’ve won.

Join the Rally for Decent Work on June 16, sign up now.

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For a list of actions and events across Ontario, click here.

For the Fight for $15 and Fairness Team

Holidays 2018-2019

To all members: 

Please be advised of the dates of observance for holidays and presidential days for the 2018/2019 school year. 

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Canada Day Monday, July 2, 2018 – Statutory Holiday
Civic Holiday Monday, August 6, 2018 – Statutory Holiday
Labour Day Monday, September 3, 2018 – Statutory Holiday
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 8, 2018 – Statutory Holiday

December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019 inclusive:

Monday, December 24, 2018 – Day before Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day, Statutory Holiday
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Boxing Day, Statutory Holiday
Thursday, December 27, 2018 – Day of Closure
Friday, December 28, 2018 – Day of Closure
Monday, December 31, 2018 – Day before New Year’s Day
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day, Statutory Holiday
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Day of Closure
Thursday, January 3, 2019 – Presidential Holiday
Friday, January 4, 2019 – Presidential Holiday

Family Day Monday, February 18, 2019 – Statutory Holiday
Good Friday Friday, April 19, 2019 – Statutory Holiday
Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019 – Statutory Holiday


*Employees required to work will be compensated in accordance with the terms of the Collective

June General Membership Meeting

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 10AM-12PM on the St. George Campus. Location is the Sanford Fleming Building (10 Kings College Road), room 1101. 

During this meeting, we will be holding nominations for the position of President and Recording Secretary, as well as proposing new amendments to our bylaws, and providing an update on new developments and outstanding issues within our Local.

Click here to see the proposed amendments to our bylaws which will be discussed and voted on at this meeting.

We hope to see you there! Please bring any questions or concerns you have to the meeting, and don’t forget that you can always contact the Union directly from the Contact page