TSSU has spent the last 2 days trying to reach a mediated settlement with SFU over their illegal imposition of the mandatory Guard.me Medical Plan. Despite TSSU’s best efforts to find a reasonable and affordable solution and avoid a public airing of SFU’s dirty laundry in a hearing, SFU has remained unwilling to find a fair solution to the Guard.me problem. TSSU now has over 1700 pages of internal SFU communications that contain troubling revelations regarding this terrible plan and the decision to impose it. TSSU remains committed to fighting for justice for our international student members and will pursue this Guard.me grievance to the end. We will receive recommendations from the mediator in the near future, and if those recommendations fail to resolve the problem, we will be proceeding to a formal hearing.
The Centre depends on the generosity of the community to provide our members with these special holiday celebrations. This is a remarkable opportunity to share in the spirit of the season. Gifts will be given to women and their children at our drop-in centre and emergency shelter, and will be delivered to women who are in the hospital over Christmas.
They are also accepting cash donations and new unwrapped gifts for women and children.
Second-annual MLA Subconference Call for PapersSimon Fraser University Harbour CentreJoseph and Rosalie Segal RoomVancouver, BCJanuary 7-8, 2015Please join us on January 7th for an open bar at Heartwood Community Cafe, 317 Broadway E.
Send 500-word abstracts by October 15, 2014 to: MLASubconference(at)gmail.com
Unique voting tokens will be emailed to all members on November 18th, 2014.
Polls will be open until the end of November 22nd.
Winners will be announced at the November 25th General Membership Meeting,
(Nov. 25th, Harbour Centre, Rm 1500 @ 4:30 – 6:30pm).
If you do not get an emailed token, please email trustee(at)tssu.ca to get one.
What: Open to all department shop stewards who are looking to better understand unions, contract language, grievance/arbitration processes in Canada, and good ways to communicate in one-on-one and group situations. This workshop is flexible in that we will cover any question you have or concerns you would like to learn more about – feel free to email us so we can put it on the agenda.
Lunch and coffee provided. (When you RSVP include any dietary needs)
Next Steward Workshop:
Saturday October 25th, 10am – 4pm. Harbour Centre 1315 ** Please bring your steward binder if you have one, if you don’t have one let us know so we’ll bring you one **
The TSSU met with the Employer for a 5th and 6th day of bargaining on September 30th and October 7th.
TSSU focused on improving the working conditions and job security of Sessional Instructors, and ensuring Teaching Assistant (TA) and Tutor Marker (TM) jobs go first to graduate students. Sessional Instructors deserve real seniority rights, and graduate students need work that allows them sufficient time to complete their research. The employer disagrees with these basic principles, and proposed steps that reduce job security for Sessional Instructors, and increase graduate student workloads (see below for more details). TSSU does not accept that increasing insecurity and pressure on employees is a real solution to the problems facing our members. Continue reading →
Did you know that the Education Building has had a comprehensive study completed about air quality and safety?
Summary: This report (consisting of a five page executive summary at beginning and eighteen page report) has found that there were many point of water ingress, and issues with communication between departments and services at SFU. It also has found improvements in many areas due to fixing deferred maintenance, and specific rooms that are deemed unsafe. It makes specific recommendations for SFU to enact to fix and monitor these issues.
BURNABY – CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (UCBC) has launched a new campaign to draw attention to the BC Liberals’ abysmal record on funding post-secondary education.
Earlier this year, the Christy Clark government announced a three-year budget plan that will see the total operating grant for post-secondary institutions drop by almost $50 million. By 2016, per-student operating grants will have dropped by more than 20 per cent since 2001, when the BC Liberals took office and changed how universities and colleges receive core funding. Meanwhile, tuition fees have increased more than 80 per cent under the BC Liberals. Continue reading →