The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) at Simon Fraser University is seeking a Member Representative to commence work in January 2022 with an application deadline of September 15, 2021.

The Member Representative reports to the Executive of the Union and works cooperatively with the elected Chief Stewards and current Member Representative to advocate on behalf of TSSU members.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Effective labour advocacy skills and experience handling grievances at all stages of the grievance procedure
  • Experience interpreting and applying Labour Law
  • Experience using advocacy skills to assist in mobilizing members around bargaining and grievances
  • Comfortable working in a non-hierarchical and directly-democratic workplace alongside elected officers and rank-and-file members
  • Has community-oriented and feminist values and is experienced in applying them effectively in the workplace or community, and will be able to instill them in the TSSU membership
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ongoing commitment to labour education, both as an educator and participant

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with labour advocacy in a post-secondary academic environment
  • Involvement in student and/or labour movements
  • Experience with collective bargaining and/or negotiating contracts 

Duties:

  • Handle grievances at all stages of the grievance procedure, alongside Chief Stewards and other Member Representative(s)
  • Support the bargaining team in costing, administration, and strategy, and act as a spokesperson in negotiations
  • Interpret and apply BC Labour Law, with emphasis on Health and Safety, Human Rights, Accommodation, Bullying & Harassment, Employment Standards, and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Interpret and apply SFU policy
  • Assist in development, outreach and mobilization for campaigns and bargaining
  • Build and maintain relationships within student and labour movements
  • Train union activists and elected officers in member representative work and for participation in student and labour movements
  • Maintain institutional knowledge about past operations of the TSSU
  • Operate at all three SFU campuses (Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey)
  • Demonstrate TSSU’s non-hierachical, feminist and directly democratic values in practice

Additional Details and Process

Salary range is $ 82,550-92,550 per year depending on experience, 35 hours per week, as per the Collective Agreement between TSSU and the BC Union Workers’ Union. The Member Representative shall operate at all three SFU campuses (Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey). We are unable to provide any relocation benefits. 

Please email your cover letter and resumé to hiring@tssu.ca. Please write “Member Representative Application – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, September 22 15, 2021. **END DATE UPDATED**

Interviews are planned for October 4-6 and references will only be requested for applicants selected for an interview.

Commitment to Equity

TSSU lies on unceded lands stewarded by the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwitwetlem), Stó:lō, Qiqéyt (Qayqayt), Katzie, and Qw’ó:ltl’el (Kwantlen) nations, as well as the SENĆOŦEN and Hul’qui’minum speaking peoples of Vancouver Island who also know these lands. TSSU recognises the historically inconsistent relationship between the labour movement and Indigenous resistance to colonisation. As workers involved in education and research, we also recognise the ways that universities benefit from the marginalisation of communities including but not limited to houseless, refugee, immigrant, Black, disabled, and Indigenous peoples. 

Within these contexts, TSSU is committed to standing in solidarity with those also working towards a more just and equitable society. This includes returning land, and working to uphold the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and human rights. TSSU is a social justice union with roots in feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and LGBTIQQ2SA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Asexual +) movements. As such, we are committed to lowering barriers to candidacy and employment. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to, any race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, criminal conviction, or political belief, and value the experience and perspectives of diverse candidates. If there is any way we can make this application process more accessible to you, please email hiring@tssu.ca