The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

Independent, Non-hierarchical, Directly Democratic and Feminist Since 1978

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    GENERAL

    MEMBERSHIP

    MEETINGS

    Burnaby: Tuesday, September 24, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, MBC Forum Chambers

    Surrey: Thursday, October 24, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 3170

    Vancouver: Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 2945

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    STEWARDS

    MEETINGS

    Surrey: Thursday, September 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 3170

    Vancouver: Wednesday, October 9, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 2270

    Burnaby/Research is Work Townhall: Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, MBC 2290/92

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    BARGAINING

    SESSIONS

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    In the Spotlight

    RAs at SFU Win Historic Unionization

    November 19, 2019
    In a joint communication released today, SFU and the TSSU announced that they have come to an agreement of voluntary recognition, which is when an employer expedites the union certification process and agrees to acknowledge the union as the representative bargaining agent for a group of employees. This means that the Labour Board will not need to hold a certification vote at the end of the month. Through the union’s democratic and member-driven process, RAs can begin building a bargaining committee, surveying workplaces in all departments, engaging faculty, and setting bargaining priorities – starting today. The voluntary recognition process is initiated by the employer, though it is by no means an indication of their virtue or generosity. We won this agreement

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In the News

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    RAs at SFU Win Historic Unionization

    November 19, 2019
    In a joint communication released today, SFU and the TSSU announced that they have come to an agreement of voluntary recognition, which is when an employer expedites the union certification process and agrees to acknowledge the union as the representative bargaining agent for a group of employees. This means that the Labour Board will not need to hold a certification vote at the end of the month. Through the union’s democratic and member-driven process, RAs can begin building a bargaining committee, surveying workplaces in all departments, engaging faculty, and setting bargaining priorities – starting today. The voluntary recognition process is initiated by the employer, though it is by no means an indication of their virtue or generosity. We won this agreement
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    Open Letter to President Petter Opposing the new MSP Health Coverage Fee for International Students

    October 30, 2019
    Dear President Andrew Petter, We, the international students community at Simon Fraser University, strongly oppose the imposition of the new MSP health coverage fee and condemn the University for failing to take proactive steps to ensure international student workers, including TAs, TMs, and Sessionals, have these required premiums paid by the University. Starting on September 1, 2019 an additional premium component, a Health Coverage Fee of $37.50/month, was added to the cost of MSP for international students. This fee increases to $75/month as of January 1, 2020. International student workers are currently receiving letters from Revenue Services BC indicating payment will be due in November 2019. Our understanding is that you have not yet agreed to: cover international student workers’
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    Simon Fraser University and TSSU collaborate to recognize the important contributions of research assistants at SFU

    November 19, 2019
    On November 15, 2019, Simon Fraser University and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) agreed to make research assistants (RAs) employees of the University and voluntarily recognize them as members of TSSU. This agreement was made to recognize the valuable contributions and important role RAs play in advancing SFU’s Research mission. It was signed by Sandi de Domenico, SFU’s Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, and Derek Sahota, TSSU’s Member Advocate on behalf of the Research is Work organizing team, and was endorsed by Jeff Derksen, Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, SFU, Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International; Dugan O’Neil, Associate Vice-President, Research, SFU, and Jonathan Driver, Vice President Academic and Provost pro tem, SFU. SFU and TSSU have
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    Statement On the Anti-Trans #GIDYVR Event

    October 27, 2019
    The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) condemns the upcoming #GIDYVR event to be held at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus on November 2nd, 2019. The #GIDYVR “How Media Bias Shapes the Gender Identity Debate” event has raised concerns among LGBTQ2IA+ communities and allies due to the speakers’ histories with transphobic and other problematic discourses. Known transexclusionary radical feminist and SFU alumna Meghan Murphy is slated as a guest speaker at the event along with similarly controversial speakers, “free-speech” advocate Lindsay Shepherd, Quillette editor Jonathan Kay, and Post-Millennial journalist Anna Slatz. Though this panel is objectionable for several reasons, Murphy has been especially controversial, having been banned from Twitter as a result of their transphobic language, and having caused the Vancouver Public

 

Since 1978

 

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

 

An Independent, Non-Hierarchical Feminist Labour Union

 

  Contact UsPhone: (778) 782-4735Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130Harbour Centre Office: UM 134Surrey Office: SUR 351 Mailing AddressTeaching Support Staff UnionSimon Fraser University8888 University DriveAQ 5129 / AQ 5130Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

GENERAL

MEMBERSHIP

MEETINGS

Burnaby: Tuesday, September 24, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, MBC Forum Chambers

Surrey: Thursday, October 24, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 3170

Vancouver: Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 2945

STEWARDS

MEETINGS

Surrey: Thursday, September 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 3170

Vancouver: Wednesday, October 9, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 2270

Burnaby/Research is Work Townhall: Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, MBC 2290/92

BARGAINING

SESSIONS

Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, HC 2245, SFU Vancouver

 

 

Contact Us

Phone: (778) 782-4735

Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Harbour Centre Office: UM 134

Surrey Office: SUR 351

 

Mailing Address

Teaching Support Staff Union

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6