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WHO WE AREThe Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has been an independent, non-hierarchical feminist labour union since 1978. We represent the Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessionals, and the English Language & Culture/Interpretation & Translation Instructors (ELC/ITP) only here at Simon Fraser University. Our current Collective Agreement runs from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2019. 

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    In the Spotlight

    All Members Welcome at Bargaining Sessions!

    March 26, 2019
    TSSU has started bargaining with the University for a new Collective Agreement! All members are welcome to attend the bargaining sessions. The summer sessions will be on:May 8thMay 14 & 15June 6June 13June 18June 27Location: TBD (We will update as soon as it’s confirmed)starting at 9:30pm Every few years we bargain a binding Collective Agreement that sets out: rights to access work, wages, benefits and more. Bargaining is our opportunity to work together to improve our wage & benefits, reduce our class sizes, secure our employment, and much more. Success at the bargaining table will come by all of us getting involved, getting organized and expressing our shared power. Some of our current benefits such as childcare fund, MSP coverage,

 

 

 

 

STEWARDS   MEETINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

 

Burnaby:
Tuesday, 22 January, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, WMC 2220

Surrey:
Wednesday, 27 February, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2750

Vancouver:
Thursday, 21 March, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1600

Burnaby Special Meeting:
Thursday, 4 April, 2:30 - 3:00 pm, SWH 10051

Vancouver:

Monday 14 January, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1425

Surrey:

Thursday 14 March, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 5080

Burnaby:

Thursday 4 April, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, SWH 10051

In the News

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    Two Sessions of Bargaining with the University Done!

    April 17, 2019
    The TSSU Contract Committee has met with SFU Administrations in two bargaining sessions so far – April 3 & 11 – to negotiate for a new Collective Agreement. Here is a highlight of the sessions so far. You can read them in full by visiting bargaining.tssu.ca. Session #1 TSSU Contract Committee began the day by stating, “We are here in solidarity as workers in different groups, united by a common thread: we all toil in precarious jobs.” TSSU delivered a comprehensive package of proposals that ensures:* Protection against overwork for Teaching Assistants* Job security for Sessional Instructors* Equity in benefits for language instructors in ELC/ITP* Paid professional development for all TSSU members Administration offered “a modest set of proposals” that
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    Spring 2019 MMC By-Election Candidate Statements

    March 30, 2019
    Below are the candidate statements for the Spring 2019 Membership Mobilization Committee (MMC) Commissioner By-Election (three candidates). You will receive an emailed voting token. If you do not receive a token, or you believe you were sent one in error, please contact trustee@tssu.ca Aicha Araba Etrew Greetings to Everyone! Aicha Araba Etrew is my name. I am a graduate student of communication. I currently serve as the TSSU representative at the Graduate Student Council, and a member of the Membership Mobilization, and Occupational Health and Safety Committees of the TSSU. With 8 years professional experience in policy research and advocacy, community development and event organizing within and across West Africa, I believe I have the requisite skills and thus more
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    TSSU Trial Travel Subsidy! April – Aug 2019

    April 9, 2019
    For non-student TSSU members (non-upass holders), a travel subsidy of $5 per trip is now available for attending TSSU events and committee meetings.  You can apply for the travel subsidy when you fill out committee stipend form or fill out a reimbursement form if you are not in any committee. The forms can be found here: http://www.tssu.ca/forms/   This trial program is intended for TSSU members who do not hold a u-pass. The idea is to help alleviate part of the burden of travel cost and make TSSU events and committee meetings more accessible.  The subsidy is set at $5 per every round trip you take to attend any TSSU event or committee meetings. This is a trial program to be
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    SFU BOARD OF GOVERNORS VOTES TO INCREASE TUITION DESPITE STUDENT PROTEST

    March 26, 2019
    Here is a statement from SFU Tuition Freeze Now after the final budget vote on Thursday, March 21. The movement has just begun! Please join their 1st General Assembly on Monday, April 1, 5 to 7pm at Blusson Hall 10655, SFU Burnaby. On Thursday, March 21, Simon Fraser University (SFU) Board of Governors voted to accept SFU’s proposed 2019/2020 budget, including tuition hikes ranging from 2% to 20%. During the meeting, administrators repeatedly pitted students against each other by implying that mental health provision, sexual violence prevention services, international bursaries and scholarships, and efforts toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples were potential targets for cuts if tuition did not increase. Administrators did not mention the possibility of shifting priorities within the

 

Since 1978

 

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

 

An Independent, Non-Hierarchical Feminist Labour Union

 

Events

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    Marking Party!! Two-Day Mark-a-thon!

    April 5, 2019
    April 17 & 1810:00am to 3:00pmLocation: AQ 5009, SFU Burnaby Marking season is upon us all! It’s the time we all dread. You sit alone with a mountain of papers (or a seemingly never ending SpeedGrader queue) and grit your teeth to prepare for a lonely, mindnumbing marathon of end-of-term marking.  BUT!! You don’t need to do it alone! Join your fellow TSSU members in a two day Markathon, where we work together and get fed and where you can ask long-term TAs’ advice about feedback, time management, or Canvas usage! 😉 There will be coffee upon coffee, snacks and pizza & salad for lunch! (Gluten free and vegan option will be available.) Feel free to come to both days
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    Meet Your Contract Committee Social

    April 5, 2019
    April 174:00pm to 6:00pmClub Ilia, Cornerstone, SFU Burnaby April 245:00pm to 7:00pmCentral City Pub, Surrey (Vancouver Session details to come…) Please join us in an evening of frizzy drinks, yummy snacks, and meeting the Contract Committee that represents us at the bargaining table with the University!! The Contract Committee are the folks that we elected to negotiate with the University during bargaining. Every few years we bargain a binding Collective Agreement that sets out rights to access work, wages, benefits and more. However, they won’t win anything at the table without all of us working and standing together. Our childcare fund, MSP coverage, centralized job posting, sessional seniority, grad student TA priority, and ELC/ITP pro-D and seniority, etc. were won

 Contact UsGeneral: tssu@tssu.caPhone: (778) 782-4735Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130Harbour Centre Office: UM 134 Mailing AddressTeaching Support Staff UnionSimon Fraser University8888 University DriveAQ 5129 / AQ 5130Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

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WHO WE ARE

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has been an independent, non-hierarchical feminist labour union since 1978. We represent the Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessionals, and the English Language & Culture/Interpretation & Translation Instructors (ELC/ITP) only here at Simon Fraser University. Our current Collective Agreement runs from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2019.

 

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

 

Burnaby:
Tuesday, 22 January, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, WMC 2220

Surrey:
Wednesday, 27 February, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2750

Vancouver:
Thursday, 21 March, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1600

Burnaby Special Meeting:
Thursday, 4 April, 2:30 - 3:00 pm, SWH 10051

 

 

STEWARDS

MEETINGS

 

 

Vancouver:

Monday 14 January, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1425

Surrey:

Thursday 14 March, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 5080

Burnaby:

Thursday 4 April, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, SWH 10051

  •  

    In the Spotlight

    All Members Welcome at Bargaining Sessions!

    March 26, 2019
    TSSU has started bargaining with the University for a new Collective Agreement! All members are welcome to attend the bargaining sessions. The summer sessions will be on:May 8thMay 14 & 15June 6June 13June 18June 27Location: TBD (We will update as soon as it’s confirmed)starting at 9:30pm Every few years we bargain a binding Collective Agreement that sets out: rights to access work, wages, benefits and more. Bargaining is our opportunity to work together to improve our wage & benefits, reduce our class sizes, secure our employment, and much more. Success at the bargaining table will come by all of us getting involved, getting organized and expressing our shared power. Some of our current benefits such as childcare fund, MSP coverage,

In the News

 

Two Sessions of Bargaining with the University Done!

April 17, 2019
The TSSU Contract Committee has met with SFU Administrations in two bargaining sessions so far – April 3 & 11 – to negotiate for a new Collective Agreement. Here is a highlight of the sessions so far. You can read them in full by visiting bargaining.tssu.ca. Session #1 TSSU Contract Committee began the day by stating, “We are here in solidarity as workers in different groups, united by a common thread: we all toil in precarious jobs.” TSSU delivered a comprehensive package of proposals that ensures:* Protection against overwork for Teaching Assistants* Job security for Sessional Instructors* Equity in benefits for language instructors in ELC/ITP* Paid professional development for all TSSU members Administration offered “a modest set of proposals” that

 

TSSU Trial Travel Subsidy! April – Aug 2019

April 9, 2019
For non-student TSSU members (non-upass holders), a travel subsidy of $5 per trip is now available for attending TSSU events and committee meetings.  You can apply for the travel subsidy when you fill out committee stipend form or fill out a reimbursement form if you are not in any committee. The forms can be found here: http://www.tssu.ca/forms/   This trial program is intended for TSSU members who do not hold a u-pass. The idea is to help alleviate part of the burden of travel cost and make TSSU events and committee meetings more accessible.  The subsidy is set at $5 per every round trip you take to attend any TSSU event or committee meetings. This is a trial program to be

Events

 

Marking Party!! Two-Day Mark-a-thon!

April 5, 2019
April 17 & 1810:00am to 3:00pmLocation: AQ 5009, SFU Burnaby Marking season is upon us all! It’s the time we all dread. You sit alone with a mountain of papers (or a seemingly never ending SpeedGrader queue) and grit your teeth to prepare for a lonely, mindnumbing marathon of end-of-term marking.  BUT!! You don’t need to do it alone! Join your fellow TSSU members in a two day Markathon, where we work together and get fed and where you can ask long-term TAs’ advice about feedback, time management, or Canvas usage! 😉 There will be coffee upon coffee, snacks and pizza & salad for lunch! (Gluten free and vegan option will be available.) Feel free to come to both days

 

Meet Your Contract Committee Social

April 5, 2019
April 174:00pm to 6:00pmClub Ilia, Cornerstone, SFU Burnaby April 245:00pm to 7:00pmCentral City Pub, Surrey (Vancouver Session details to come…) Please join us in an evening of frizzy drinks, yummy snacks, and meeting the Contract Committee that represents us at the bargaining table with the University!! The Contract Committee are the folks that we elected to negotiate with the University during bargaining. Every few years we bargain a binding Collective Agreement that sets out rights to access work, wages, benefits and more. However, they won’t win anything at the table without all of us working and standing together. Our childcare fund, MSP coverage, centralized job posting, sessional seniority, grad student TA priority, and ELC/ITP pro-D and seniority, etc. were won

 

Contact Us

General: tssu@tssu.ca

Phone: (778) 782-4735

Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Harbour Centre Office: UM 134

 

Mailing Address

Teaching Support Staff Union

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6