Things are getting busy in the office as school will start in less than three weeks…

We’ve been scheduling all of our departmental orientations recently, and have also been kindly invited to many departmental socials, and other similar September events.

If you’d like one of our reps at a particular event, don’t hesitate to contact our Organizer at organizer(at)tssu.ca. We are excited to help welcome all new employees and students, plus reconnect with returning members of our community.

(Topics vary by situation but frequently include how to get benefits, resources available to employees, stipended and paid positions available, rights and responsibilities, and where to learn more. Let us know if you have anything in particular in mind.)

Types of events we have been invited to in the past:

  • New student orientations
  • TA/TM employee orientations
  • Sessional employee orientations
  • Faculty meetings to answer questions on rights and responsibility in a TA/faculty relationship and updates in bargaining (e.g. what is a workload review, how to complete an evaluation, etc) Continue reading

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.
Want to see all of the Main Page posts of a certain topic? Click on one of the links below (or at the bottom of any post).

Dr.Seuss’s ‘Yertle the Turtle’ deemed too Political for the Classroom!

The Globe and Mail published an interesting article about this Dr. Seuss title, and its place in the classroom during the current labour dispute between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the province.


Bargaining Update – Dispatches from the Front

In addition to our proposed language changes, all of which are without additional cost and many of which are mutually beneficial to our members and the employer alike, the TSSU has put together a careful package of monetary proposals for this round of bargaining.  Some are embedded in the language and structure of articles determining the basis for compensation, and others more traditionally proposed as benefits and wages. These proposals aim to improve the financial positions and employment conditions of our members while developing the material basis on which SFU can engage in outstanding research, deliver world-class teaching and reinvigorate our communities. Continue reading

International Women’s Day is this Thursday, March 8th!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In Canada, this year’s theme celebrates women’s roles in the economic prosperity of rural, remote and Northern regions – Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality.

In rural and remote areas, women make up about 45% of the labour force, yet significant gaps remain between women and men in labour force participation rates, employment rates and income.

Women and girls are contributing to economic prosperity in these regions through innovative projects such as business networks and training in non-traditional occupations.

March 8th is an opportunity to pay tribute to the achievements of women and to highlight the needs and concerns of women on national, regional and global agendas.

To peruse the plethora of events and themes taking place around Canada, and the world, go to: www.internationalwomensday.com

Events to Support BC’s Teachers!

Everyone supports mediation as the solution to this dispute:

BC Teachers
BC Public School Employers’ Association
BC Public School Trustees

The only one who is really rejecting the offer of mediation is Christy Clark. Please sign the petition asking Christy Clark to accept the mediation/arbitration to end this dispute.


Mass Rally at the Legislature Tuesday
The B.C.Federation of Labour and BC Teachers’ Federation are organizing a mass Rally at the Legislature on Tuesday March 6th at 12:00pm.

Please join and support BC’s Teachers!


January General Membership Meeting this TUESDAY!

Your Union is having it’s January General Membership meeting this Tuesday, January 24th, 4:30 – 6:30pm at Harbour Centre, room 2245.

TSSU members and allies are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions. We are also looking for new volunteers for various committees such as, Social Justice, Membership Mobilization, and Internal Relations.

As always, there will be a delicious free lunch provided – this time around, it’s vegan/veggie friendly!



WHY: The benefit to you is that you get to keep your money longer, and avoid paying any late fees.  All you have to do is ensure that you have paid your fees by or on the last pay run of the semester.  You can pay with any combination of deduction and payment that you like (ie. give them some money up front, then pay through deduction).  The real benefits to you are twofold: you avoid late fees, can pay it over the entire semester, and can collect interest on the money you do make thereby.  Even if you have the money, you can keep it in savings, and pay slowly through payroll. TSSU members wanted a tuition waiver in past bargaining, but SFU would only agree to this system.

WHO:  Any TSSU member with a current employment contract can set up a deduction of tuition from your paycheques.

WHEN: You can set up a regular deduction (at least a dollar) or you can change your amounts as many times as you want (you just fill in a new deduction form – see “how”).  You need to get the form in before the payroll run occurs for that pay period.

HOW:  go to https://myinfo.sfu.ca  and enter your student ID number.  Click on Payroll and Compensation, then click on “Voluntary Deduction”, then “Add Deduction”.  Fill in the form and submit.  If for some reason you want to raise or lower your deduction, just submit a new form.

PROBLEMS:  There is a detailed Q & A provided at sfu’s website. If the system won’t let you sign on, it is likely that your contract has not entered the system – in which case you need to check with your department. This often is not done until the first week of the semester, a few days before your first pay-period. Your pay period is indicated on your copy of the contract.

If you have any problems, you can also contact TSSU at 778-782-4695 or 778-782-4735.

UPASS GRIEVANCE: SFU has recently violated our Agreement on Tuition deduction, and is insisting that you must deduct $120.00(the full value of the UPass) to cover the cost of your UPass in the first month.  TSSU has grieved this violation, and is pursuing a resolution.  Until we get this resolved, it is possible that you will have problems renewing your UPass in the second month of the semester unless you ensure that you have paid $120.00 in that first month.  We will provide updates on the grievance on our website.