The votes have been counted and TSSU members have decided with a 94 percent mandate to strike, with a total of 982 yes votes. The success of this vote was made possible by over 1000 members who showed up to cast a ballot, with dozens of volunteers who knocked on doors, worked shifts at the polls, put up posters, encouraged colleagues to vote, and did so many other tasks that made up the behind the scenes work. Thank you for this massive collective effort that has shown the employer our strength to mobilize and that we are seriously prepared to take action to get to a fair deal.
Members have received information through email about upcoming General Meetings and Greater Committee Meetings to elect and ratify a strike committee and decide how strike action will proceed.
How has the employer responded to our Strike Vote?
Rather than face our Collective Power, the Employer has used three desperate legal channels in the last 48-hours to slow down strike action. This is good news, as they can only do this one time throughout the strike, and they have used up these tactics early. The employer has:
We are not currently on strike, but we are one large step closer to having a strike as a legal option to get a fair contract. The Employer’s desperate union-busting tactics have revealed just how afraid they are of us, as they know the University cannot function without our teaching and research labour. We will not be deterred.