252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-104
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 (416) 978-2403
October 26, 2009
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Local 3906:
Re: Solidarity with Local 3906’s effort to get a fair collective agreement
The members of CUPE Local 3907 stand firmly in solidarity with CUPE Local 3906’s principled and relentless bargaining efforts to seek a fair collective agreement for your 2,700 Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants at McMaster University. McMaster is shamelessly trying to solve the political problem of provincial government underfunding of the postsecondary sector on the backs of the academic workers in your Unit 1. We must vigorously rebuff this neoliberal attack on your members.
We firmly believe that it is not unreasonable for the academic workers at McMaster to be offered a fair deal which addresses vital workplace issues such as less crowded classrooms, manageable workloads, and protection from the erosion of employee benefits and tuition fee increases. The Employer should be ashamed that they have not made a better effort to address these issues despite the significant modifications your local has made to its proposals. Furthermore, it is an outright insult for the Employer to respond to your efforts with a concessionary package which merely offers a slight increase in wages. Surely the Employer is just as aware as its workers that the issue of equitable, safe and just workplaces is much more than a patronizing increase in salary.
Brothers and sisters of CUPE 3906, your struggle is a just one. CUPE Local 3907 stands in solidarity with you as you attempt to negotiate a fair collective agreement for the academic workers at McMaster during the upcoming mediation process and beyond. You may count on CUPE 3907’s material and moral support for the actions that you will undertake to vigorously defend the right to decent wages and fair working conditions for the Teaching and Research Assistants in Unit 1. In the event of a strike, Local 3907 will mobilize flying squads to support your picket line.
Cc: Peter George, President, McMaster University
Al Orth, Chief NegotiatorCUPCUEp
252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-104
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
October 23, 2009
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Local 3902’s Unit 3:
Re: Solidarity with your effort to get a fair collective agreement
The members of CUPE Local 3907 stand firmly in solidarity with CUPE Local 3902’s attempt at the bargaining table to seek a fair collective agreement for sessional instructors at the University of Toronto. It is unconscionable for the University of Toronto to virtually ignore your proposals on job security and fair wages given the fact that your contribution as teachers is a phenomenon that is held in high regard at the educational institution. As sessional instructors, you teach about 30 per cent of all courses at this university and certainly should command that proportion of the combined wages paid to tenure-track staff and sessional instructors.
In respect to compensation, the concept of internal equity and external equity are used as measurements of the degree to which workers in comparable categories measure up to each other on wages and working conditions. Upward adjustments are normally made, where necessary. As sessional instructors, it very clear that you are being taken advantage of by the employer who is offering wage levels, which are below that of your peers in the Greater Toronto Area. The employer should be participating in a political campaign with other stakeholders to demand increased funding from the provincial government for the postsecondary sector in Ontario. The employer should not try to solve the problem of underfunding by denying you a just wage settlement and decent working conditions.
CUPE Local 3902’s bargaining proposals are quite reasonable. CUPE Local 3907 stands in solidarity with your local’s efforts to defend your right to decent working conditions, access to internal and external funding opportunities, voluntary participation in university governance structures and fair wages.
General Members Meeting
Wed, Sep 23 11:00-1:00 at OISE
- Review CUPE 3907 draft budget for 2009-2010
- Participate in planning for the future and & get updates on other issues
- Prepare for upcoming AGM and learn about opportunities to serve on the executive committee or standing committees
- And other agenda items
Lunch will be provided (vegetarian option).
A few photos of our members at National Convention this past summer 2009 in Montreal.