Important Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

PDAD&C #64, 2014-15

To: 

Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
Professional & Managerial Staff

From:

Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date: February 23, 2015
cc:     HR Divisional Offices
Re: Important Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

The University intends to continue to do all that it reasonably can to reach a renewal collective agreement with CUPE 3902 Unit 1, in advance of the unit’s February 27 legal strike date. Unit 1 represents approximately 6,000 Teaching Assistants, teaching laboratory assistants, markers, graders, and some instructors on all three campuses.

However, we must also prepare the University community in the event that CUPE 3902 Unit 1 does not accept our offer and calls a strike. We are committed to taking appropriate steps so that our students can continue learning and complete the academic requirements of their courses and programs within a reasonable timeframe.

If a strike does occur, the University will remain open. The University will respect the decision of those CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members who wish to continue working. That is, the University will not lock out CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members as long as this remains operationally feasible. The University will also respect the decision of those who choose to strike.

Those who elect to continue to work will be paid at their current rate of pay. An easy-to-use form will be made available immediately if a strike occurs, so that those who choose to continue to work and continue to be paid can advise the University of their election to do so, and enable units to identify those who will remain on the payroll. All employees of the University who are not represented by CUPE 3902 Unit 1 will be expected to continue their regular activities.

The University places a very high value on maintaining the integrity of our academic programs and on minimizing any negative impact upon our students. The University is fully committed to achieving a negotiated settlement for a renewal collective agreement with CUPE 3902 Unit 1 without a labour disruption, and has reason to believe that the parties will be able to do so. The University has achieved settlements with its other unions, including CUPE 3261 and two other locals of CUPE 3902 (Units 5 and 3), without a strike. The University’s expectation and hope is that it will be able to achieve one with CUPE 3902 Unit 1 as well.  To this end, we have accepted the mediator’s invitation to continue negotiations on Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26 in advance of the February 27 legal strike date.

The University will provide regular updates including FAQ’s which will be available under the ‘Announcements’ section of the www.utoronto.ca homepage.