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To be voted on: Chief Steward, Treasurer, Ex-Officio, & Trustee #1. After the jump are all statements – look for your unique voting token in your email March 17th. Election will be open March 17th – March 22nd.
(For these position descriptions please consult the bylaws or our executive page)
Have questions for the President? He’d love to hear them!
RSVP needed – only twenty spots – March 21st @ 8:30am
One example might be, what is he personally planning to do differently in this up-coming round of bargaining that he wishes he would have done last time?
March is Women’s History Month!
March 7th is VDLC’s International Women’s Day Dinner!
March 8th is Vancouvers International Women’s Day march! (Starts at the Vancouver Art Gallary at 1pm Robson side). Come join TSSU in the march, email tssu(at)tssu.ca for meet up info.
More info after the jump,
In Fall 2012 we negotiated the creation of a “Joint Committee” that would consist of both TSSU and employer members that would continue to work towards resolving member issues that were not solved in the new 2010-2014 Collective Agreement. (MOU of this creation found HERE).
Although this joint committee had the power to come to actual decisions and get them out of the way before bargaining began again (and our side was quite anxious to shorten the next bargaining round) – no new language was accepted in eight months of meetings.
To see some of the proposals TSSU brought to the table, our page and a half summary of the 16 page report (and the one paragraph HR contribution to the joint report), click here to view TSSU’s Joint Committee Report.
Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC) is a meeting held between many greater Vancouver area unions once a month. TSSU has 4 rep spots, only 2 of which are filled. These are their stories.
Congratulations to one of our reps, Murray Martin, who was voted in as one of the VDLC’s members at large!
Other updates about the Posties, Conferences, and elections after the jump…
HOW WOULD THE END OF HOME MAIL DELIVERY IMPACT YOU?
Community Town Hall
Saturday 22 February 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Trout Lake Community Centre (Lakewood Room)
3360 Victoria Drive (at East 19th)
Transit got you mad? Want to join up with the GSS to help change it? https://websurvey.sfu.ca/cgi-
Want to see SFU stop using international undergrads to balance the budget by loading a 10% tuition A YEAR increase on their backs?
Living Wage at SFU – It’s needed!
We need your support to help get this policy passed. Join us!
As dictated by our bylaws, the TSSU elections are held twice a year, once in March and once in November. Half of the executive committee is elected at each election period. Elections are held online and individual tokens are sent out through your email on our all-tssu listserv. If you are not receiving our all-tssu emails please email tssu(at)tssu.ca.
Positions elected in March:
Chief Steward, Trustee 2, the Ex-Officio, and Treasurer.
Positions elected in November:
Organizer, Trustee 1, Secretary, MMC Commission, Chair, and Coordinator.
How to run for a position:
As of the January GM (January 28th) nominations for the March election are open, and they close at the February GM (February 26th). All members in good standing can run by filling out THIS NOMINATION FORM and turning it in before or at the February GM. Voting tokens will be sent out the first or second week of March. Results will be announced at the March GM.
TSSU is a member of the Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC) which meets once a month. We have two open spots if you are member in good standing let us know and you can be voted in - this is where we get information from other unions around Vancouver!
In this issue: Municipal Elections, IKEA update, VDLC classes, New ESL Union Organizing, VDLC Exec Elections, new Anti-Union Legislation (C-4).
If you have one you’d like to add email Organizer(at)tssu.ca.
- Tracey’s house: 2849 Lakewood Drive (Child-friendly space. snacks/food.)
- Call 778-228-8262 if lost, questions etc.
· 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Room WMC 3251, SFU Burnaby
· 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Room 1410, SFU Harbour Centre
– 12:30PM to 1:30PM @ Halpern Centre 126, SFU Burnaby Campus
It’s a busy time at the TSSU – and our Joint Committee has come to an end as official bargaining is about to begin.
A joint report from HR and the TSSU will be produced before the next round of bargaining.
For more updates feel free to stop by our office or send us an email at tssu(at)tssu.ca.
Members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been arrested and
incarcerated will be on a speaking tour in January and February to raise
awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion
and exercise of nationhood, and the repression they face from police and
“Our warriors are still being mistreated in the system, justice for our
political prisoners of war.” Suzanne Patles, member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior
Local date: Community-wide public event on Friday January 24.
Doors at 5:45 pm, start time at 6 pm.
Room 1900, SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings
* For full details and other dates for public events check:
Many of you will remember the series of emails last semester asking if you have been paid on time. We found that an incredible 20% of our members were NOT paid on time last semester. Here is a simple 4 step process to see if you did in fact get your first paycheque today.
- First find your paystubs. Log on at myINFO.sfu.ca.
- Click “Payroll and Compensation Home”
- On the next page click “View Paycheques”
- You are now viewing your most recent paystub.
- If on your paystub the date circled on the below screenshot reads Jan 10th, 2014 you’ve been paid on time.
- If the date does NOT read Jan 10th, 2014 you have NOT been paid on time. Please email our member representative at kdean(at)tssu.ca with the subject line “Not Paid On Time” and we can help fix the issue.
It’s that time again!
Start your semester right and celebrate the end of the first week –
Have some free food and cheap beer with new & old friends
FREE Burgers/Salad (veggie & meat)
$2 GIB Beers!
3 Raffle Draws!
ALL GSS and TSSU members welcome!
Make sure to bring cash and your student IDs
It’s that time of year again when deadlines quickly approach. Below is a list that has everything in one place, and for easy google calendar visibility of deadlines/meetings check our calendar at: http://www.tssu.ca/calendar/
- Tuition Deferment: http://www.tssu.ca/2012/09/05/tuition-deduction-deferment/(Deadline without penalty: Jan 17th)
- Get your MSP paid for: http://www.tssu.ca/resources/forms/
- Opt-out of Guard.me (New International Students only):http://www.tssu.ca/members/international-students/
- Childcare Bursary: http://students.sfu.ca/financialaid/sabws/bursaries.html
- Download a digital copy of your Collective Agreement:http://www.tssu.ca/resources/collective-agreement/
- Mark all of the General Membership (GM) meetings in your calender and try to make it to at least the one on your campus (free lunch/dinner at every meeting):
- Jan. 28th Tues. (BURNABY), 11:30am-1:30pm MBC 2290
- Feb. 26th Wed. (HARBOUR CENTRE), 4:30-6:30pm, Rm 2200
- Mar. 27th Thurs. (SURREY), 4:30-6:30pm, SUR 5140
- Download an electronic Logbook to help keep track of your hours: http://www.tssu.ca/resources/forms/
- Join a Committee – get paid and help out your fellow workers:http://www.tssu.ca/committees/
- Print out/bookmark our semester timeline for ease:http://www.tssu.ca/semester-timeline/
This Friday is TA/TM Day FREE or up to 6 hours PAID Professional Development day on BBY campus http://www.sfu.ca/tlc.html.
Afterwards all GSS & TSSU Members are invited to our joint social at 4:30pm+ at Highland Pub for free burgers/salad, and $2 GIB beers! It’s always lots of fun so feel free to bring your fellow members or meet new ones there.
+ Don’t forget to turn in your logbook lotto sheet by the first GM for two chances to win $125!
+ Remember to fill out your Time Use Guideline (TUG) Sheet with your professor sometime in the first two weeks of semester (Page 69 or 74 of our Collective Agreement). It makes your life and your professors life easier by getting both of you on the same page.
For more information on benefits visit: http://www.tssu.ca/resources/
Every TSSU member has up to 6 hours of PAID professional development EVERY SEMESTER! Our members most often use this to attend ‘TA/TM Day’ which is FRIDAY this week on BBY 8:30am – 4pm (or Wednesday in Surrey or Thursday at Woodwards) however there are many other great workshops that count. Below is a list (not exhaustive) of some other great chances to improve your skills, more will be added as time goes by:
Canada would be the FIRST industrialized nation to stop door-to-door service on Earth.
It would also eliminate around 8,000 jobs; hit the poor, disabled, and elderly the hardest; AND stamp prices will have to go up by 35% (partially to pay for community mail boxes). In response a pro-privatization CEO said “seniors will get more exercise”.
What do you think of these austerity measures?
Here is the online change.org petition: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canada-post-keep-door-to-door-delivery
Here is a printable door-to-door petition: http://glennthibeault.ndp.ca/petition-to-the-house-of-commons-save-canada-post
Here is more information on the numbers: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2013/12/canada-post-not-on-life-support-it-being-murdered
Go forth and have a happy holiday season. As we were recently reminded by a postie: don’t apologize – organize!
Editorial cartoon by Brian Gable: ‘Exercise opportunity’ pick-up location. http://tgam.ca/Dxm5
Time flies and the semester is over! If you want your TSSU stipend before January you must get your stipend request form in before Dec 17th as final December cheques will be written on the 18th. You can stop by our office at AQ5129 or email them at tssu(at)tssu.ca.
Thank you for another amazing semester! We’re looking forward to next semester when bargaining begins, there will be another TA/TM Day on Jan 10th, and another TA/TM Day Social at 4:30pm at the highland pub to name a few.
Get an online copy of the stipend forms here: http://www.tssu.ca/resources/forms/
Don’t miss a meeting or event by checking our TSSU calendar: http://www.tssu.ca/calendar/
If you want to join a committee check out: http://www.tssu.ca/committees/ and/or email tssu(at)tssu.ca for more details and to be added to the mailing list.
Lots of love,
The TSSU Exec, Colin, Melissa, Genevieve, and Karen