Dying to prove to that rival department that your department is better at trivia?
- Tues Oct 28th
- Highland Pub
- Free pool (billiards) from 4-5pm
(six players max per team)
1/2 Priced Nachos!
Dying to prove to that rival department that your department is better at trivia?
At the October 22nd, 2014 General Memebership Meeting, TSSU members in attendance voted unanimously (with one abstention), to recommend to our membership to vote for a COPE slate for the below reasons.
It was also recognized that COPE is not running a full slate and there are many other excellent candidates from a variety of progressive parties that are also in line with our members interest. (Other parties that requested a labour endorsement included:
The Public Education Project, One City, The Green Party, and Vision Vancouver).
TSSU endorsement of 2014 Vancouver City Election candidates
Whereas two terms of life under a Vision Vancouver majority at City Hall has resulted in unprecedented levels of homelessness, increased housing and affordability crises for working people and students, and decreased prospects of good jobs for emerging workers, and;
Whereas the municipal politics of the City of Vancouver directly affect the lives and well beings of TSSU as workers and residents in surrounding jurisdictions, and;
Whereas the TSSU committee on municipal elections recommends that the platform of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) represents the interests of TSSU members and the broader working class, Indigenous and low-income communities in the City of Vancouver;
BIRT: TSSU recommend to its members that they vote for the COPE slate in Vancouver’s municipal election November 15th, 2014, and;
BIFRT: TSSU issues an email to members who reside in Vancouver recommending support for COPE before the end of October.
The party with the strongest and clearest political positions that align with the needs and interests of TSSU members and SFU students as well as with the principles of the TSSU, is the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).
COPE’s campaign is strongly focused on affordability, standards of living, and social justice in Vancouver from a working-class perspective.
Vision Vancouver has, through its two terms in office, eroded discourses around affordability and shifted them into a muddy middle Continue reading
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 **
For more info or to RSVP: Email tssu(at)tssu.ca
If you have TA/TM/SI/ELC/ITP in the last 3 semesters you should have gotten an email today (October 15th) in your SFU inbox containing a survey link.
Please take the time to answer the three questions, it is directly going to influence how we are bargaining at the table. Results will be announced at the October 22nd GM at Surrey 2740 (4:30-6:30pm).
If it’s not in your inbox, email tssu(at)tssu.ca so you can be added to our mailing list and not miss any other important emails.
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.
“On this week, we talk to the Teaching Support Staff Union and international students about the exploitative tuition and medical plans international students are facing at SFU.”
(Excerpts from this story were aired on the national grassroots news program GroundWire September 15)
Public Presentation organized by one of our members with Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, see you Friday November 7th!
~TSSU’s Contract Committee is in Bargaining Today~
- Bargaining Process
UPDATE: OCTOBER BARGAINING DATES ANNOUNCED!
October 7th || 10am – 6pm
- TA language
- Payment of Wages
October 21st || 9am – 5pm
For more information, contact the office, talk to your steward, or check out our website here: http://bargaining.tssu.ca/
The campaign encourages people to take action by sending a letter to the Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk, at: http://universitieswork.cupe.ca/stop-the-cuts/
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
Five executive positions are now open for nomination
(Organizer, Trustee 1, MMC Commissioner, Chair, and Coordinator).
To nominate yourself, download a nomination form HERE.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
TSSU met with the employer for a fifth day of bargaining on September 16th. TSSU completed the presentation of all of our language proposals and answered all the questions posed by the employer’s bargaining team. TSSU is now awaiting a reply on our package, which was originally tabled on June 4th, 2014. This package contains significant proposals which are designed to meet the current issues of our members on the ground and the future issues that will occur as SFU’s instructional model evolves.
The employer has finally provided TSSU with an enunciation of most, but not all, of its proposals. TSSU’s bargaining committee is now able to commence analysis and examination of the enunciated proposals. TSSU is still waiting for the employer’s bargaining team to provide sufficient clarity, or produce actual contract language, on several items.
TSSU is committed to bargaining a new collective agreement that moves SFU forward, not backwards, in its treatment of Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessional Instructors and ELC/ITP Instructors. TSSU’s proposed package includes:
Do you remember Snakes and Ladders as a kid?
We had a very successful Week of Welcome on September 2nd with our Snakes, Ladders, Sessionals, and You game that talks about the real-life circumstances and cconsequences of tenuous adjunct labour such as Sessionaling.
Right now 1 in 4 classes at SFU are taught by a Sessional. These highly qualified individuals usually have a PhD, with a number of publications and research projects to their name. They are doing the same job as faculty in the classroom, however they are being paid pennies on the dollar comparatively. This effects not only their own lives, but their classrooms, and academic freedom itself.
Universities relying on these poorly compensated and overworked individuals is a growing trend in Canada and around the world. The CBC has released a few excellent articles on the topic.
We are working towards a system in which there is a system for sessionals to earn a way into a more permanent position with benefits and security. Many sessionals have worked for SFU for ten years, yet don’t have any benefits, job security, and even have to take on additional teaching jobs at other universities just to pay the bills.
More more information on our proposals and the research that we have completed on this topic, contact us. Also look for our research report that will be coming out later this semester.
Together we can do great things.
On Friday Sept 12th, TSSU joined SFU’s Education students to show our solidarity with the BCTF Teachers in their effort and sacrifice to make BC classrooms better, negotiate honestly, and stand up to governmental bullying and illegal actions (twice found illegal by the BC Supreme Court). Continue reading
Did you know there is a elementary school on BBY hill across from Nesters?
BC teachers are STILL locked out, and they’re on the picket lines every day.
TSSU and the SFU’s Education Student’s Solidarity Committee are inviting all SFU community members to join them in solidarity tomorrow (Sept 12th) around lunch.
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TSSU met with the employer for bargaining on August 26th. TSSU gave a thorough presentation of our proposals on Teaching Assistants (TAs), Tutor Markers (TMs) and Sessional Instructors (SIs). Despite having received TSSU’s package of proposals on June 4th, the employer again did not come prepared with their proposals. At the table, SFU’s bargaining team committed to finally providing TSSU with a full enunciation of their proposals via email by September 12th. The parties next scheduled bargaining date is September 16, 2014.
To find out more information on TSSU’s bargaining position, please follow our bargaining website at http://bargaining.tssu.ca. Members can also come by our office on Burnaby Campus at AQ 5129 to discuss bargaining with one of our contract committee members.
Members who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to join one of our committees. Please email tssu(at)tssu.ca or see http://www.tssu.ca/committees/ for more information.