The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

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

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    GENERAL

    MEMBERSHIP

    MEETINGS

    Burnaby: Wednesday, January 22, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, WMC 2220

    Vancouver: Tuesday, February 25, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 7000

    Surrey: Thursday, March 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 5080

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    STEWARDS

    MEETINGS

    Vancouver: Thursday, January 16, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1520

    Surrey: Wednesday, February 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2740

    Burnaby: Tuesday, March 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, TBD

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    BARGAINING

    SESSIONS

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    In the Spotlight

    SSJC and Contract Committee Joint Letter of Solidarity with UCSC Strikers

    February 21, 2020
    From: Solidarity and Social Justice Committee (SSJC) and Contract Committee (CC), Teaching Support Staff Union. Today, striking graduate workers at the University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) are under police threat for demanding that UCSC Administration match their wages to the rising cost of living. At UCSC, wages have not “fallen behind” cost of living, they have been eaten by it. As reported by Salon, “graduate student teaching assistants at UCSC make $2,434 a month before taxes, for only nine months of the year. The median monthly rent in Santa Cruz County is $1,685.” The strikers’ demand an increase of $1,412 to every graduate student regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment, or funding status and a promise that Administration will

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    SSJC and Contract Committee Joint Letter of Solidarity with UCSC Strikers

    February 21, 2020
    From: Solidarity and Social Justice Committee (SSJC) and Contract Committee (CC), Teaching Support Staff Union. Today, striking graduate workers at the University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) are under police threat for demanding that UCSC Administration match their wages to the rising cost of living. At UCSC, wages have not “fallen behind” cost of living, they have been eaten by it. As reported by Salon, “graduate student teaching assistants at UCSC make $2,434 a month before taxes, for only nine months of the year. The median monthly rent in Santa Cruz County is $1,685.” The strikers’ demand an increase of $1,412 to every graduate student regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment, or funding status and a promise that Administration will
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    SSJC Letter of Solidarity with AGSEM’s Campaign to Unionize Teaching Support Workers at McGill University

    February 4, 2020
    SSJC Letter of Solidarity with AGSEM’s Campaign to Unionize Teaching Support Workers at McGill University The Solidarity & Social Justice Committee of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) stands in solidarity with The Association for Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM) in their campaign to unionize teaching support workers at McGill University. As unionized workers ourselves we recognize the vital importance of unions in academia, where precariousness, insecurity, and exploitation run rampant. A union would entitle teaching support workers to basic protections and rights, advocacy and grievance procedures, and protections for medical and parental leave, among other important benefits. We further recognize the uneven unionization currently in place at McGill – with some teaching support workers enjoying unionization while others
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    SSJC Letter to Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re: Attacks on Indigenous Sovereignty at Wet’suwet’en

    February 7, 2020
    Premier Horgan and Prime Minister Trudeau: On behalf of the members of the Teaching Support Staff Union’s (TSSU) Solidarity and Social Justice Committee, we write to express condemnation of your governments’ attack on Indigenous sovereignty and your own legislation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in regards to the Unist’ot’en camp on Wet’suwet’en territory. As an organisation dedicated to upholding fairness and rights, we see your (in)actions on this matter as a violation of not Canadian and Wet’suwet’en law, but all of the statements you have made regarding the building of equality for Indigenous communities and commitments to reconciliation. Furthermore, Premier Horgan, your (in)actions on this matter are in direct violation of your words put
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    Statement of Condemnation — Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019

    January 30, 2020
    The General Membership of the Teaching Support Staff Union condemns India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019. This legislation expedites Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians fleeing religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, if they moved to India before 2014. However, it does not extend the same protection to Muslims and other persecuted minority sects. (1) The CAA presents an Islamophobic narrative and discrimination based on religion, directly contradicting the Indian constitution’s commitment to a secular republic. (2) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned that this legislation is “fundamentally discriminatory” against Muslim people, and allows for discrimination against atheists and members of other religious groups. The Commissioner stated that these amendments “appear

 

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: HC 7300Surrey Office: SUR 351 Mailing AddressTeaching Support Staff UnionSimon Fraser University8888 University DriveAQ 5129 / AQ 5130Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

GENERAL

MEMBERSHIP

MEETINGS

Burnaby: Wednesday, January 22, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, WMC 2220

Vancouver: Tuesday, February 25, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 7000

Surrey: Thursday, March 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 5080

STEWARDS

MEETINGS

Vancouver: Thursday, January 16, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, HC 1520

Surrey: Wednesday, February 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, SUR 2740

Burnaby: Tuesday, March 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, TBD

BARGAINING

SESSIONS

Thursday, February 13th, 9:30am - 4:30pm, EDUC 8504, Burnaby

Wednesday, February 19th, 9:00am - 12:00pm, AQ 5039, Burnaby

Thursday, February 20th, 9:00am - 12:00pm, AQ 5039, Burnaby

 

 

Contact Us

Phone: (778) 782-4735

Burnaby Office: AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Harbour Centre Office: HC 7300

Surrey Office: SUR 351

 

Mailing Address

Teaching Support Staff Union

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

AQ 5129 / AQ 5130

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6