CUPE 3903

Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903


Representing, Organizing & Activating the Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants,

Graduate Assistants & Research Assistants @ York University, Toronto, Canada

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For more information on CUPE 3903, contact the CDIS Departmental Steward.


Short video that discusses key bargaining issues:

CUPE 3903 is pleased to introduce “We are CUPE 3903,” a recently shot video that introduces students and members of the community to CUPE 3903, the largest union at York University. Featuring rank-and-file members from all three units, “We are CUPE 3903″ discusses some key bargaining issues and shares our vision for a better York.


The November 12 issue of The Excalibur, featuring a full-page ad on the back cover that engages undergrads about bargaining

The November 12 issue of The Excalibur, featuring a full-page ad on the back cover that engages undergrads about bargaining

The full text of the ad reads:

A better York is possible
A message from CUPE 3903

Dear students, 

We are members of CUPE 3903, the union that represents contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and research assistants at York University.

Like you, we are concerned about rising tuition fees and student debt, funding cuts to education, racism and discrimination in the university, and threats to safety on campus.

All of these problems affect the quality of your education at York. And we want to do something about it.

We believe a better York is possible.

We believe in accessible, high quality education for all students, a fair and equitable workplace, and a safe and healthy campus.

As education workers, we bring these demands to the bargaining table when we negotiate a new contract with the university. On August 31, our contract expired. At the moment, we are negotiating a new contract, and we want a fair deal for everyone.

When we negotiate to improve our working conditions, we are also negotiating to improve your learning conditions – and the quality of your education at York.

In the coming weeks, we will bring more proposals like these to the bargaining table, but we need your support to ensure the university takes us seriously!

We all know that a better York is possible. If we work together, we can make it happen.

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1 thought on “CUPE 3903

  1. Brothers and Sisters of CUPE Local 3903

    Below is a summary of the points discussed during the General Members Meeting of October 27, 2010.

    Special Levy

    The levy we recently started paying is the result of financial commitments related to our last strike action. The outstanding amount owing is approximately $487,000 while an additional $332,000 is subject to negotiated settlement. I will provide more details as they become available.

    Labour Relations Board

    If the LRB does not provide any guidance regarding the trusteeship of CUPE Local 3903, presumably the situation continues as is. I’m under the impression that trusteeship by CUPE National serves a number of useful administrative purposes. I was advised that our committee work particularly pertaining to bi-laws has fallen behind. I think the status of our trusteeship will depend on the outcomes of the forensic accounting audit.

    Focus of the Forensic Audit

    The lack or inadequate levels of documentation authorizing the spending that I previously mentioned are the main concerns. I don’t want to give a faulty characterization of the situation. Suffice it to say that there is an investigation, and at some point we will have a resolution.

    Potential Obligations

    After the meeting, I offered up my name to serve on the Health and Safety Committee and as a fill-in on the Ways and Means Committee. These positions have not been confirmed. I have formal training in safety inspections. I will discuss with the committee the possibility of including an accessibility audit. From my standpoint, accessibility and safety go hand-in-hand.

    Contacting Me

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me:

    Always in Solidarity,

    Don P. Faithful

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