44 CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Update

PDAD&C#44, 2005-06

MEMORANDUM

To: PDAD&C
From:

Angela Hildyard, Vice-President Human resources and Equity
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost

Date: November 29, 2005
Re: CUPE 3902 (Unit 1) - Update

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The University and CUPE 3902 (Unit 1) have been negotiating for a renewal collective agreement since July. Some 29 issues have been resolved. Since we remain apart on several outstanding issues - few in number but significant - the University and the Union have agreed to apply jointly to the Ontario Ministry of Labour for the assistance of a conciliation officer.

In addition to a number of revisions that will improve and enhance the administration of the collective agreement, the University and the Union have agreed that significant financial resources will be committed towards the training and development of teaching assistants and course instructors.

The University has also made a number of proposals to address concerns that the Union has raised – namely creating Health Care Spending Accounts to cover some health care expenses of TAs, as well as partners and children; providing funds to partially defray increases in tuition, if any, for TAs who are no longer in the funded cohort; increasing the wages of course instructors; increasing wages in each of the next three years by 3%, 2.5% and 2.5%. The University’s proposals, in total, represent an excellent offer to this important group of Employees.

As you are aware, the Union is holding a Strike Vote this week. Please encourage those of your graduate students who are members of the bargaining unit to exercise their right to vote. Please note, however, that since bargaining continues you should not engage in discussions with bargaining unit members about the content of the offer or in any way discuss their intentions regarding the strike vote.

We believe that our offer is fair, reasonable and extremely responsive to the proposals tabled by the Union.

We remain committed to reaching an agreement with CUPE.