U of T and CUPE 3902, Unit 1 Arbitration Decision Announced

 

Link: Update on Arbitration with CUPE 3902, Unit 1 - July 6, 2015
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Facts about Graduate Student Funding

FAQ's

Last updated June 16, 2015

FAQs FOR STUDENTS

  1. Is the strike now over? Yes. The strike effectively ended after members of CUPE 3902 Unit 1 agreed to binding arbitration. Under this process, an independent, neutral third party, appointed by the Provincial Mediator, will arbitrate all matters that remain in dispute between CUPE 3902 Unit 1 and the University, and determine a final resolution that both parties will need to accept. This decision by both the University and CUPE to agree to arbitration brought an immediate end to the strike that began on February 27. The arbitrator will issue a decision regarding any remaining issues between the parties in due course. In the interim, CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members returned to work on Friday, March 27.
  2. Will students receive tuition refunds due to the effects of the strike? Through the commendable efforts of faculty, instructors, TAs, students and staff, the University term was successfully completed and students had the opportunity to complete their coursework. The University wishes to thank all of those who worked so hard to make this happen. As a result, there is no change to the University’s position on refunds, which are granted only in accordance with published tuition-refund schedules.
  3. If I dropped one or more courses or withdrew from studies because of the CUPE strike, will it affect my OSAP funding? No. Course drops and withdrawals that occurred on or after February 27, 2015 will not be recorded in the OSAP system for OSAP recipients or for Continuation of Interest Free Status students. Therefore, these transactions will not generate any overpayments, any academic progress issues, or any restrictions from future OSAP funding.
  4. I submitted work before the strike that I have not yet had returned. Will I get my work back? It is likely that most instructors or TAs will require some additional time to grade assignments submitted before the strike. It is also possible that some work that was submitted before the strike may not be able to be graded. Your instructor or TA will provide you with the timeline for work to be returned to you.

FAQs FOR TAs/ Unit 1 Members

  1. I was on strike but am considering working as a TA in the summer period. Can I do so? Yes, existing postings for TA work for the summer term were extended to April 1. All CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members were eligible to apply for these postings.
  2. Can I be barred from being a TA in subsequent terms if I worked during the strike? No you cannot. No one can be or will be denied employment or adversely affected in their employment in any way because of the exercise by them of their legal right to strike or their legal right to continue to work during the strike. The Return to Work Protocol attached to the University’s proposal stipulates that no employee shall suffer any reprisal, fines, or penalties of any nature or kind whatsoever as a result of exercising their legal right to continue to work during a strike.
  3. I've heard I can lose access to Union-administered funds including health benefits because I continued to work during the strike. Is this true? This is not true. No employee will lose access to or entitlements to health benefits under the renewal collective agreement because they exercised their legal right to strike or to continue to work during a strike. The Return to Work Protocol attached to the University’s proposal stipulates that no employee shall suffer any reprisal, fines, or penalties of any nature or kind whatsoever as a result of exercising their legal right to continue to work during a strike.