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WHO WE AREThe 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 runs from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2019. 

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    In the Spotlight

    SFU Final Budget Vote, Thursday March 21, 8:00 am @ Halpern Centre

    March 20, 2019
    On Thursday, March 21st, the SFU Board of Governors will hold its Final Budget Vote, to either approve or reject the Administration’s proposed tuition increases. These hikes in tuition will hit every single student at SFU, from a 2% increase for domestic students–the maximum allowable by law–to 20% for many incoming international students. Meet us in Maggie Benston Centre 2296 between 7:00 and 8:00 am for a Pancake Breakfast for students and allies provided by SFSS, or at the Halpern Centre at 8:00 am for the Final Budget Vote. SFU Tuition Freeze Now is a coalition of undergrads, grad students, domestics, and internationals who have been fighting to stop these tuition hikes since they were first announced in October 2018.

 

 

 

 

STEWARDS   MEETINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

 

Burnaby:

Tuesday, 22 January, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, WMC 2220

Surrey:

Wednesday, 27 February, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2750

Vancouver:

Thursday, 21 March, 4:30- 6:30 pm, HC 1600

Vancouver:

Monday 14 January, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, HC 1425

Burnaby [CANCELLED]:

Tuesday, 12 February, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, AQ 3154

Surrey:

Thursday 14 March, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, SUR 5080

In the News

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    Die-In before Kinder Morgan gets you for real

    October 11, 2017
    Join with those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tank Farm Expansion to send a message that our this expansion is unsafe and must be stopped. Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Die-In hosted by BROKE and 350 Vancouver Monday, Oct 23 10am 3292 Production Way, Burnaby (just outside the skytrain station) What: We will be “dying” in front of the regional offices of the federal Ministry of Public Safety to draw attention to the unacceptable risks associated with the Kinder Morgan tank farm expansion. Join us!! At the same time we will be presenting a letter, signed by a broad range of community, teacher and student groups, as well as unions and many others, addressed to Public Safety Minister Ralph
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    Long-time TSSU Member & Sessional Instructor forced to leave Canada

    July 13, 2016
    As recently featured on the front page of the Burnaby Now, long time SFU Sessional Instructor and TSSU Member David Newman and his family are now facing leaving Canada. Despite David’s long commitment to SFU and his continuing employment in the Sessional Instructor and Limited Term Lecturer in the Communication department, the precarious nature of work and an ever changing immigration system have meant David is caught in loophole. The TSSU Membership has endorsed publicizing David’s plight and asks SFU Community Members to write or fax a letter to the Immigration Minister supporting David’s case. It is preferable that you send a physical copy of the letter (via fax or post) as emails are often ignored. Below is a sample
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    TSSU Membership Endorses Stop Demovictions Campaign

    November 22, 2016
    Over the last several years Burnaby has approved rezoning of numerous affordable market rental buildings to create new condo developments. The result of each rezoning is the demoviction of dozens to hundreds of residents who are forced to search for new homes in a region with zero vacancy rate. Finding similarly priced rentals with similar transit access is all but impossible — effectively Burnaby is forcing many working people and those on fixed-income out of Burnaby or onto the street. Burnaby City Council is now planning to accelerate this process with a new Metrotown Community plan which will result in the loss of 3000 affordable rental units in short order. It doesn’t have to be this way; New Westminster, just
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    TSSU Statement on SFU’s Response to Sexual Violence on Campus

    June 15, 2016
    The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) is deeply concerned about SFU’s response to the article in the Vancouver Sun regarding recent sexual assaults on campus. Our members and the students they teach have a right to work and learn in an environment free from violence and harassment. The SFU Senior Administration needs to take responsibility for their decades of inaction and start being part of the solution rather than silently perpetuating injustice. “In response to the information that students who have reported sexual assault were forced to leave school, SFU states that it is working on new policies. However, they have failed to live up to their policies in the past,” said Carl Mandy, TSSU spokesperson. “Universities across Canada, and

 

Since 1978

 

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

 

An Independent, Non-Hierarchical Feminist Labour Union

 

Events

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    Attend the Vancouver & District Labour Council’s 2019 International Women’s Day Dinner: March 8th

    February 7, 2019
    Every year, the TSSU purchases a table at the International Women’s Day Dinner hosted by the Vancouver District & Labour Council. This year is no different, so we would like to invite any TSSU members who are interested in attending the event to contact the TSSU office in AQ 5129 in-person, via email (tssu@tssu.ca), or by phone (778-782-4735). The IWD Dinner is a celebration of women’s contributions to struggles for justice around the world, and a great opportunity to meet other women and non-binary folks in the labour movement here on unceded Coast Salish territories. Although everyone will considered, priority will be given to women and non-binary TSSU members, and at least half of the eight seats will be reserved
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    Survivors Tent Pole – Documentary Screening & Dialogue with DTES Community

    January 10, 2019
    This event is held on the unceded territory of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh, sel̓íl̓witulh, & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. The TSSU Solidarity & Social Justice Committee is very honoured to be working with people at the heart of The Survivors Totem Pole project to bring to the screen the stories and journey of the Totem Pole on: Thursday, January 317:00 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)Djavad Mowafaghian, SFU Woodward’s149 W. Hastings St. The Survivors Totem Pole is a grassroots community art and action project. The pole is a three-year collaboration between DTES advocates, First Nations, members of the LGBTQ community, along with Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian survivors of racism. The Survivors Totem Pole symbolizes inclusion in the Downtown Eastside as well as resilience,

 Contact UsGeneral: tssu@tssu.caPhone: (778) 782-4735Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130Harbour Centre Office: UM 134 Mailing AddressTeaching Support Staff UnionSimon Fraser University8888 University DriveAQ 5129 / AQ 5130Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

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WHO WE ARE

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 runs from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2019.

 

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

 

Burnaby:

Tuesday, 22 January, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, WMC 2220

Surrey:

Wednesday, 27 February, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2750

Vancouver:

Thursday, 21 March, 4:30- 6:30 pm, HC 1600

 

 

STEWARDS

MEETINGS

 

 

Vancouver:

Monday 14 January, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, HC 1425

Burnaby [CANCELLED]:

Tuesday, 12 February, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, AQ 3154

Surrey:

Thursday 14 March, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, SUR 5080

  •  

    In the Spotlight

    SFU Final Budget Vote, Thursday March 21, 8:00 am @ Halpern Centre

    March 20, 2019
    On Thursday, March 21st, the SFU Board of Governors will hold its Final Budget Vote, to either approve or reject the Administration’s proposed tuition increases. These hikes in tuition will hit every single student at SFU, from a 2% increase for domestic students–the maximum allowable by law–to 20% for many incoming international students. Meet us in Maggie Benston Centre 2296 between 7:00 and 8:00 am for a Pancake Breakfast for students and allies provided by SFSS, or at the Halpern Centre at 8:00 am for the Final Budget Vote. SFU Tuition Freeze Now is a coalition of undergrads, grad students, domestics, and internationals who have been fighting to stop these tuition hikes since they were first announced in October 2018.

In the News

 

Die-In before Kinder Morgan gets you for real

October 11, 2017
Join with those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tank Farm Expansion to send a message that our this expansion is unsafe and must be stopped. Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Die-In hosted by BROKE and 350 Vancouver Monday, Oct 23 10am 3292 Production Way, Burnaby (just outside the skytrain station) What: We will be “dying” in front of the regional offices of the federal Ministry of Public Safety to draw attention to the unacceptable risks associated with the Kinder Morgan tank farm expansion. Join us!! At the same time we will be presenting a letter, signed by a broad range of community, teacher and student groups, as well as unions and many others, addressed to Public Safety Minister Ralph

 

TSSU Membership Endorses Stop Demovictions Campaign

November 22, 2016
Over the last several years Burnaby has approved rezoning of numerous affordable market rental buildings to create new condo developments. The result of each rezoning is the demoviction of dozens to hundreds of residents who are forced to search for new homes in a region with zero vacancy rate. Finding similarly priced rentals with similar transit access is all but impossible — effectively Burnaby is forcing many working people and those on fixed-income out of Burnaby or onto the street. Burnaby City Council is now planning to accelerate this process with a new Metrotown Community plan which will result in the loss of 3000 affordable rental units in short order. It doesn’t have to be this way; New Westminster, just

Events

 

Attend the Vancouver & District Labour Council’s 2019 International Women’s Day Dinner: March 8th

February 7, 2019
Every year, the TSSU purchases a table at the International Women’s Day Dinner hosted by the Vancouver District & Labour Council. This year is no different, so we would like to invite any TSSU members who are interested in attending the event to contact the TSSU office in AQ 5129 in-person, via email (tssu@tssu.ca), or by phone (778-782-4735). The IWD Dinner is a celebration of women’s contributions to struggles for justice around the world, and a great opportunity to meet other women and non-binary folks in the labour movement here on unceded Coast Salish territories. Although everyone will considered, priority will be given to women and non-binary TSSU members, and at least half of the eight seats will be reserved

 

Survivors Tent Pole – Documentary Screening & Dialogue with DTES Community

January 10, 2019
This event is held on the unceded territory of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh, sel̓íl̓witulh, & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. The TSSU Solidarity & Social Justice Committee is very honoured to be working with people at the heart of The Survivors Totem Pole project to bring to the screen the stories and journey of the Totem Pole on: Thursday, January 317:00 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)Djavad Mowafaghian, SFU Woodward’s149 W. Hastings St. The Survivors Totem Pole is a grassroots community art and action project. The pole is a three-year collaboration between DTES advocates, First Nations, members of the LGBTQ community, along with Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian survivors of racism. The Survivors Totem Pole symbolizes inclusion in the Downtown Eastside as well as resilience,

 

Contact Us

General: tssu@tssu.ca

Phone: (778) 782-4735

Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Harbour Centre Office: UM 134

 

Mailing Address

Teaching Support Staff Union

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6