TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of CUPE 3903 will hold a special
rally at 1 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 18) outside the Ministry of Labour offices
at 400 University Avenue to express their intention of defeating a forced
ratification vote next week. The rally will proceed from there to Queen's
"We have spent the past week waiting to vote on an offer that we know is
inadequate. We could have spent that time at the bargaining table moving
towards a real settlement," said spokesperson Tyler Shipley. "We can only hope
that once this vote is behind us, York University will take the bargaining
process seriously so that we can all go back to work."
Despite the fact that some 500 members had already voted down the current
offer at a membership meeting, York walked away from the bargaining table on
Jan. 9 in order to force a formal ratification vote on union members. In the
meantime, York's administration spent thousands of dollars sending Federal
Express priority packages, two for each of the union's more than 3000 members,
to present their case.
"Can you believe it?" asked Jordy Cummings, a graduate assistant. "The
money they spent on one mailing could have nearly covered our entire proposal
for improved health benefits. This administration really needs to get its
priorities in order, quickly, for the sake of all 50,000 students who are
being inconvenienced by this dispute."
In addition to adequate levels of funding, CUPE 3903 is demanding better
job security for contract professors who are currently forced to re-apply for
every single course they teach - often not knowing which courses, if any, they
will receive until as little as a week before the start of each semester. The
university's current offer does not adequately address the financial
insecurity that this situation produces and remains a major sticking point for
the nearly 900 contract professors in the union.
For further information:
For further information: Tyler Shipley, CUPE 3903 Spokesperson, (647)
295-1674; Christina Rousseau, Chair, CUPE 3903, (416) 736-5154