Wage Theft at SFU

Hello TSSU Member,

We have identified four different wage issues at SFU. These issues are illegal and are also known as wage theft. This guide explains all four and provides an excel template to help you determine if any of these issues have happened to you.

1. What is Underpaying?

2. What is Withholding Pay?

3. What is Deducting Pay?

4. What is Charging Business Expenses?


Click here for a guide on how to check your pay and to download the pre-made excel template to total up your own pay in.

*For ELC & ITP members please email kdean(at)tssu.ca


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This Weekend! Workers at Rogers Arena NEED YOUR HELP!

Workers have until April 30th to write a resume and cover letter and complete an online application.  Many need assistance with these tasks.
Volunteers are needed to help complete and process applications.
UNITE HERE! Local 40 will be holding Job Application Workshops this week to help laid off workers re-apply for their jobs using an on-line application form.
Friday, April 11, 12 noon to 8pm – SFU Segal Building at 500 Granville St.
Saturday, April 12, 10am to 8pm –  SFU Segal Building at 500 Granville St.
Monday, April 14, 12 noon to 8pm – SFU Segal Building at 500 Granville St.
Volunteers with basic computer skills are especially needed and all volunteers who are able are asked to bring laptop computers.

For more information or to volunteer,
call Lianna at 604-813-2105 or email HireUsFirst@gmail.com

Drilling in Canada’s Parks: Open for Business with “Park Amendment Act”

“This Bill undermines the very definition of what a ‘park’ is,” Gwen Barlee from the Wilderness Committee said in the same statement, “given that our protected areas will now be open to industrial activity.” (and “boundary adjustments”).

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Take Action (10,000 letters and growing):


2014 Labour Workshops

Love unions? Want to advocate & fight for social justice? Want to learn more or be paid?

George Washington Carver

There are a variety of local workshops and classes available this year put on by some of the top union, lawyers, and leaders in BC.

1. Unite Here’s Grassroot Organizing @ SFU
2. VDLC’s 2014 Class Schedule @ East Van (includes, law, organizing, WCB, ++)
3. Union Researcher Training @ Cornell University (New York) for credit/noncredit

Click to get class titles and details…

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RAship Available! ($27-$33 per hour)

Hello Members!

SFU has formed a Task Force on Flexible Education, the outcomes of which will have far-reaching implications for all teaching staff at SFU, particularly the TSSU. We urge all members to forward any questions or concerns to the SFU Senate through their department & caucuses.

They are also in need of a research assistant that will help inform the task-force outcomes. If you have the time & the interest, we encourage you to apply for this position. (Aso found here online)

Applications are due this Friday, March 14th.

Education Building Townhall – Mold

Sisters & Brothers,

You are invited to a Townhall Meeting on the Status of the Education Building on March 17 from 9:00-11:00am at Halpern 126. The purpose of the meeting is to update all building occupants on the results of the structural and health and safety assessments, as well as improvements to date.  Terry Waterhouse (Chief Safety Officer), Larry Waddell (Chief Facilities Officer) and Dr. Kris Magnusson (Dean of Education) will be joined by staff working on this important issue.  They will outline the related issues and take questions. 
If you are able to attend please inform Charisse Hutchinson at hutchins(at)sfu.ca  Refreshments will be available. 

For background and previous reports click to read more

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DTES public hearing | Sign-up to speak by 11th @ 3pm

To sign up to speak at the hearing, you can call 604.873.7269, or send an email to speaker.request@vancouver.ca by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 

This Wednesday March 12th, there will be an important public hearing at City Hall. Vancouver city staff will be presenting city councilors with a final draft of the Local Area Plan for the Downtown Eastside. Many of you signed the petition against the Chinatown height review and Sequel 138. This plan is the next step in the gentrification of the neighbourhood and will play a crucial role in determining the future of the DTES community.

The low-income caucus that has been participating in the Local Area Planning Process are urging all allies to come to City hall on March 12th and support their demand for a LAP that improves the future for all residents, especially low income and vulnerable residents.

You can read a breakdown of the Low-Income Caucus position on the Local Area Plan here: http://ccapvancouver.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/draft-local-area-plan-vs-low-income-caucus-demands/
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Women in Labour History: Women’s History Month

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.

Free lesson plans and notes HERE on women in labour history.

More info after the jump,
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Joint Committee Report: RELEASED

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.

VDLC – Feb & Congratulations Murray Martin!

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…

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Welcome to the TSSU


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 expires April 30th, 2014.

Please feel free to explore our website for more specific information.
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