FOS decision posted – We have achieved sessional seniority

After many months of waiting, at 4:30 pm today we received a decision from Vince Ready. Like any Final Offer Selection process we have won some arguments and lost others. As workers, I believe we can stand tall knowing our efforts have brought an end to an inequity that has plagued SFU since 1965.

We have won one of the strongest and most comprehensive sessional seniority provisions in North America. Our collective action will allow hundreds of sessional instructors to have the confidence they can stand up and speak for themselves without fear of being fired. We have already emailed the employer to arrange for the implementation of seniority rights. TSSU has been fighting for sessional seniority since our inception in 1978, and now we have achieved it.

Collectively, thousands of members engaged in job action that lasted months. Students, faculty members and alumni fought alongside us. We stood together. We faced coercion. We received threats. We refused to break.

On wage and benefit issues, we were unable to make any improvements. This lack of improvement lies at the feet of our provincial government, who have imposed a draconian “PSEC mandate.” The mandate results in a slow release of 5.5% in wage increases over 5 years with expiry in April 2019. As we look ahead to the next round of bargaining, the mandate has limited our wage increases from 2001-2019 to less than half the rate of inflation. This is a bubble that must and will pop and we are determined to find ways to work to change this.

The contract committee will be meeting to write up a full report over the coming weeks. In the interim, questions can be directed to

The entire decision can be viewed here:
33161 SFU and TSSU (Final Offer Selection) AWARD

FOS Arbitrator Vince Ready to decide preliminary objection; non-monetary issues still outstanding

In the Final Offer Selection (FOS) arbitration hearing between TSSU and SFU Administration on November 27th , TSSU filed a preliminary objection over the failure by SFU Administration to provide a full monetary costing, including methodology, to TSSU. In addition, SFU Administration proposed wage and benefit increases which fall short of the Provincial Government’s PSEC mandate by approximately $26,000 per year, leaving available money unspent. The arbitrator has contacted both parties for further information while he considers TSSU’s objection, and further updates will be provided as they become available.

The arbitrator will be ruling whether or not SFU Administration upheld their responsibility to provide accurate costing data in bargaining sessions with TSSU in November 2015. While a number of different steps could follow, your Contract Committee hopes that the arbitrator’s ruling will prevent Administration’s ‘creative’ accounting from diminishing members’ salaries and benefits.

These calculations also focus attention on TSSU’s proposal for improving Extended Health Benefit coverage (EHB) to include birth control, eyeglass coverage, and other incremental improvements. According to SFU Administration, these improvements will cost $900,000; more than 30 times the current total cost of EHB. Administration has forecast an enrollment of 1520 workers to reach this conclusion, while currently only 40-80 workers enroll in EHB each term. TSSU has objected to these cost figures, which Administration failed to produce any evidence for.

TSSU has provided our response to the arbitrator, including the costing data we have on the current plan, the historical enrollment, as well as our arguments against Administration’s costing methods. We will update you as soon as the arbitrator rules.

Final Offer Selection and Arbitration Hearing

During the month of November, TSSU met for bargaining with SFU Administration as part of the terms of Final Offer Selection (FOS). The Administration agreed to complete the changes to TA/TM Priority and the Centralized posting system that were left incomplete at the end of the 2012 bargaining round. While SFU Administration initially expressed interest in addressing TSSU’s other core issues, they withdrew their counter-proposals just before FOS, reverting to the status quo on all other items. This unwillingness to change is a continuation of SFU Administration’s pattern of behaviour over the last 15 years of Labour Relations.

On November 27th, your Contract Committee and the SFU Administration appeared before arbitrator Vince Ready for full-day FOS hearing. The TSSU presented our outstanding non-monetary issues to the arbitrator, including our three remaining core issues of sessional seniority, equity for instructors in ELC/ITP, and protecting the integrity of the TA pay system. The Administration, despite describing the significant increase in precarity for instructors across North America, told the Arbitrator there should be no changes to the contract for ELC/ITP and Sessional Instructors and also argued that the current workload review process is sufficient to protect TAs from overwork. TSSU was able to preemptively counter all of these arguments with results of member surveys, stories from members, and research from comparable Collective Agreements across Canada.

In addition, your Contract Committee presented our monetary package, including proposed wage and benefits changes within the PSEC mandate, as voted on by members. SFU Administration refused to provide the Union with complete or accurate reports on the University’s finances or the costs of our proposal — which they had agreed to do as part of FOS — while claiming that the Union’s monetary proposal was “substantially over” the mandate of the provincial government (without providing empirical evidence). TSSU urged the arbitrator to withhold a monetary ruling until Administration provides this information, giving TSSU an opportunity to resubmit a monetary proposal if necessary. In addition, TSSU demonstrated that the Administration’s monetary offer was substantially below the PSEC mandate, a fact which was not rebuffed by Administration during the hearing.

Your Contract Committee awaits either confirmation that our costing is correct or provision of accurate numbers to adjust our proposal accordingly. TSSU will announce the arbitrator’s decision or any developments on the monetary process as they occur.

FOS Approved by Membership, Job Action Ceases

Since we commenced “Marking for Education not Administration” in the summer of 2015, our members have shown tremendous solidarity withholding grades from the Administration. We know this action had an incredible impact on the Administration who, on Oct 21, agreed to the Contract Committee offer to recommend final offer selection binding arbitration as proposed by Labour Arbitrator Vince Ready.

Over the last two days, the membership had its say and you voted to accept binding arbitration. Here are the next steps:

  • Job Action will cease immediately (see below for full details)
  • SFU will not terminate benefit payment as they had threatened to do
  • Over the next 21 days, bargaining will occur to narrow the issues
  • Members are encouraged to attend bargaining as advisors, please email if you want to attend
  • Following those 21 days, all remaining issues will go to Vince Ready to be decided via Final Offer Selection Binding Arbitration

You may email or for assistance in the grade release process.

We know once your students find out the strike is over, they will all want to email you immediately. Please direct these students to where we have posted a statement indicating the timelines involved and asking them to be patient.

Grades from the Fall Semester

For assignments & exams you have not yet marked, you may mark them as normal.

For assignments you previously withheld grades from, you may return the grades to the students through a process you find reasonable.

  • If your course uses an electronic interface to report marks and grades this may be the best path.
  • If your course does not have an electronic reporting system, you might choose to hold office hours to allow students to receive their grades.
  • All time spent releasing these grades is paid work as part of your current contract and you should keep track of those hours in your logbook.

Grades from the Summer Semester

The return to work agreement allows members to pick up grades from the Archives for a period of one week. We are currently awaiting SFU’s response on pick up times and will communicate those to you as soon as we have them. If you are unable to come to the archives, you may designate a course supervisor or other TSSU member assigned to the same course to pick up the grades for you. After the one week has expired, any remaining grades will be returned to SFU Administration for them to deal with. Some things to note:

    • All time spent compiling and entering grades will be paid in addition to your summer contract. Please keep track of hours and instruction on how to claim these hours will follow.
    • SFU has agreed to open up SIMS to allow sessionals to enter grades, but they have not yet done so, we will send a follow-up email with more details.

If you were a TA/TM last semester and do not want to, or unable to, deal with the grades, please inform your course supervisor and you may give them permission to pick up the grades on your behalf.

Thank you again on behalf of the Contract and Strike Committees for your incredible displays of solidarity and support.

[French Translation Below]

La Sélection de l’offre finale est approuvée par les membres du TSSU : cessation immédiate moyens de pression.

Depuis les débuts de notre campagne « Noter pour l’Éducation, pas pour l’Administration » (Marking for Education Not Administration) durant l’été 2015, nos membres ont démontré leur immense solidarité en ne publiant pas les notes des étudiants à notre employeur. Nous savons que cette démarche a eu un impact incroyable au sein de l’équipe administrative de SFU qui, le 21 octobre dernier, a accepté l’offre du Comité des Contrats concernant la recommandation de l’arbitrage de l’offre finale proposée plus tôt par le médiateur Vince Ready.

Durant les deux derniers jours, les membres du TSSU ont eu leur mot à dire et ont accepté l’offre d’arbitrage. Voici les prochaines étapes à suivre :

  • Tout moyen de pression doit cesser immédiatement (voyez plus bas pour plus de détails).
  • SFU ne coupera pas son financement de nos avantages sociaux, contrairement à leur menace.
  • Durant les 21 prochains jours, des périodes de négociation seront mises en place afin de réduire toute question présentée à la table de négociations.
  • Les membres du TSSU sont encouragés à assister au séances de négociations en tant que conseillers. Veuillez envoyer un message à si vous voulez assister à quelconque séance.
  • Après cette période de 21 jours, toute question demeurant en suspens sera présentée à Vince Ready afin d’être résolue via la Sélection de l’offre finale.

Vous pouvez envoyer un message à ou pour obtenir de l’assistance par rapport au protocole de remise des notes.

Nous savons que lorsque vos étudiants apprendront que la grève est terminée, ils voudront tous vous envoyer des messages immédiatement. Veuillez dirigez ces étudiants à Nous y avons publié un communiqué indiquant l’horaire à suivre par les membres du TSSU. Il est demandé aux étudiants d’être patient pendant ce protocole.

Notes de la session d’automne

En ce qui a trait aux devoirs pour lesquels vous avez retenu les notes plus tôt cette session-ci, vous pouvez maintenant retourner ces notes aux étudiants d’une manière que vous trouvez raisonable.

  • Si votre cours utilise une interface électronique dans laquelle les notes doivent être soumises, cette alternative est probablement la meilleure.
  • Si votre cours n’utilise pas un système de rapport de notes électronique, vous pouvez décider d’organiser des heures de bureau pour permettre aux étudiants de recevoir leurs notes.
  • Tout temps consacré à la remise de notes est considéré comme du temps rémunéré par votre contrat actuel et vous devriez inscrire ces heures dans votre carnet de bord.

Notes de la session d’été

L’Entente de retour au travail permet aux membres d’aller récupérer leurs notes au sein des Archives pour une période d’une semaine. Nous sommes présentement en attente face à SFU. En effet SFU doit nous fournir une réponse quant aux heures à laquelle ces notes peuvent être récupérées. Nous allons vous communiquer ces informations aussitôt que nous les possédons. Si vous êtes incapables de vous présenter aux Archives, vous pouvez désigner un superviseur pour votre cours ou tout autre membre du TSSU faisant partie de votre cours et leur demander d’aller récupérer ces notes pour vous. Lorsque cette semaine touchera à sa fin, toute note subsistante sera retournée à l’équipe administrative de SFU, qui s’occupera du reste. Ci-dessous quelques points importants :

  • Tout temps consacré à la compilation et à la remise de notes sera rémunéré en surcroît de votre contrat pour l’été dernier. Notez ces heures de travail. Les instructions vous permettant de percevoir ces heures suivent ci-dessous.
  • SFU a accepté l’ouverture du SIMS afin de permettre la remise de notes aux chargés de cours, mais cette ouverture ne s’est pas encore présentée. Nous allons donc vous envoyer un message avec plus de détails quant à cette procédure. Si vous étiez un auxiliaire à l’enseignement la session dernière et ne voulez pas, ou n’êtes pas capable, de vous occuper de la remise de notes, veuillez en informer le superviseur de votre cours. Vous pouvez lui donner votre permission de récupérer ces notes en votre nom.

Encore une fois, le Comité des Contrats et le Comité de Grève vous remercie pour vos incroyables manifestations de solidarité et de support.

Final Offer Selection – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens if we reject the Arbitration offer?

The proposals listed in point 6 of the MOA (both SFU and TSSU proposals) would be returned to the bargaining table (i.e. not withdrawn). TSSU would continue to strike (withholding grades), as well as discussing other ways to pressure the employer into a reasonable settlement. We would return to the bargaining table to try and find a way to reach agreement with the Employer. Benefits would be cancelled by November 1st, except for those benefits the Union is able to afford to pay for. The TSSU argues that we can pay for some but not all. The Employer says that we must pay for all. Eventually the Labour Relations Board would have to make the final decision.

2. What happens if we accept the Arbitration offer?

The Strike Committee will advise you when strike activity will cease; that could come as soon as October 29th. The grades for this semester would be entered into the system or provided to course instructors as usual. The process for returning last semester’s grades is outlined in a Back to Work agreement (which only applies if TSSU members approve this MOA). Starting on October 29th, TSSU and SFU Administration would commence a 21 day period of bargaining. If any issue remains outstanding at the end of that period, (November 18, 2015), they will be decided by Final Offer Selection, Arbitrated by Vince Ready.

3. What is Final Offer Selection (FOS)?

FOS is a type of arbitration, it’s a binding process to resolve a dispute. What makes FOS unique is that the arbitrator chooses a proposal from either the employer or the union, but cannot craft a “middle ground”.


4. If we stop job action, how do we pressure meaningful bargaining before the FOS arbitration?

Even though job action would cease, we still have lots of tools at our disposal to pressure the process. We can hold demonstrations, invite observers to bargaining, and continue to get the word out in a multitude of ways in order to hold the process accountable.

5. What is the point of the “bargaining period”?

Knowing that there is an arbitration at the end of the time frame can often pressure one side or the other to reach agreement in advance of the referral to arbitration. It is conceivable that all issues will be resolved, thus precluding the need for an arbitration. At a minimum we should see some narrowing of the issues, bringing us closer to agreement.

6. What does the actual arbitration involve?

The party making the proposal will have to make a written submission. The party answering will make a written reply. Following these submissions the arbitrator will decide either to accept one package or the other, or to pick issue by issue from each position.

7. Why is the Contract Committee and the Strike Committee recommending this?

  • As the FOS Arbitrator, Vince Ready, said when he proposed this process: “bargaining has not gone well with these parties following 16 months of negotiations along with two mediation efforts.” Our progress thus far in bargaining has been small, despite tremendous efforts by our members to withhold grades over two semesters.
  • We believe that we can reasonably expect the same or better outcomes from FOS, as if we continued to bargain. However, the cost of losing benefits, and potentially being locked out, must be weighed against any potential gain we can make by bargaining and job action versus this arbitration route. If our employer had conducted themselves more reasonably in the bargaining process, we would have achieved a fair settlement by now.
  • The government wage guidelines (which have ruled throughout all of the government funded public sector to date) mean that the monetary settlement is going to be completely insufficient to address inflation and the monetary situation of our members, no matter what route we take to a settlement. This means that there is little to be gained, and much to lose if we just simply go back to the bargaining table, without an end to the process in sight.

8. If we say yes, what happens to the grades from the summer?

We have negotiated a back to work agreement. In that agreement it sets out how the grades will be accessed by the members, and that you are to be paid for any work you have to do to ensure that the grades are entered.

9. What else does the back to work agreement do?

It protects you from any consequences occurring for you as a result of engaging in strike activity, and allows us to ensure the orderly processing of grades, either through your input, or through giving them to the employer to deal with, should that become necessary.

Greater Committee Refers Final Offer Selection Arbitration to Membership Vote

On October 21, 2015, TSSU’s Contract Committee and SFU’s Administration signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) outlining a process to conclude a collective agreement. This included signing off on changes to the TSSU Childcare Fund that would give TSSU the sole discretion over the eligibility criteria. An information session for members will be held on Monday Oct 26 from 5:30pm-7:00pm in AQ 5118 on SFU Burnaby Campus.

Below are links to MOA, the recommendation for Final Offer Selection from Vince Ready, and also the back to work agreement that would be in place if the membership chooses to pursue this process.

Today the Strike Committee in conjunction with the Greater Committee voted unanimously to refer the Final Offer Selection process, as proposed by Vince Ready on Sept 14th, 2015, to go to an electronic vote. This vote will be held from 12 pm Tuesday, October 27th to 12 pm Wednesday, October 28th. You will receive a voting token via email. The results will be reported at the General Membership meeting Wednesday October 28th, 4:30 pm 7000 Harbour Centre. Until members are notified otherwise by the Strike Committee, we remain on strike and all job action continues.

If there is a “Yes” vote, there will be a 21 day period of collective bargaining at the end of which, any outstanding issues will go to a Final Offer Selection Arbitration. In addition, at the confirmation of the “Yes” vote, all job action would cease and the Employer’s threat to withdraw benefits would be rescinded.
If there is a “No” vote, we return to bargaining as normal and retain our striking position.

If you are a member and do NOT receive a voting token when the polls open on Tuesday, please email the Coordinator at or immediately.

The Contract Committee, Strike Committee and the Greater Committee have voted to recommend a “Yes” vote to Final Offer Selection Arbitration (FOS).

For more information on the FOS and the MOU signed by TSSU and SFU’s administration see or come to the info session Monday, October 26th 5:30 pm in AQ 5118

Next week is a busy week, here’s a summary:

  • Monday October 26th, Vote Info Session 5:30 pm AQ5118
  • Tuesday October 27th, Polls open 12 noon – if you don’t get a token email
  • Wednesday October 28th, Polls close 12 noon; General Membership Meeting 4:30 – 6:30 pm Harbour Centre 7000 with social to follow at the Railway Club!
  • Thursday October 29th, GSS/SFSS hosted SFU Budget Consultation, 11 am SFU Theatre
  • Friday October 30th, Zombie walk, email for more information

[French Translation Below]

Le Comité Supérieur du TSSU renvoie l’arbitrage de l’offre finale à ses membres par l’intermédiaire d’un vote.

Ce 21 octobre 2015, le Comité des Contrats du TSSU et l’équipe administrative de SFU ont signé un Protocole d’Entente (PE) délinéant un processus qui vise à conclure une convention collective. Celui-ci inclue la signature de changements auprès du fond d’aide à l’enfance du TSSU—changements qui feraient en sorte que les critères d’éligibilité de ce programme soient à l’entière discrétion du TSSU. Une session d’information rapportant à cette décision sera tenue pour les membres du TSSU ce lundi 26 octobre de 17:30 à 19:00 au local AQ 5118 du campus de Burnaby.

Ci-dessous les liens du PE, de la recommandation de l’offre finale par Vince Ready ainsi que de l’entente de retour au travail qui sera mise en place si nos membres choisissent de poursuivre cette démarche.

Aujourd’hui, le Comité de Grève, en conjonction avec le Comité Supérieur, a voté en faveur d’un vote électronique concernant le processus d’offre de sélection finale proposé par Vince Ready le 14 septembre 2015 dernier, et ce de manière unanime. Ce vote prendra place du mardi 27 octobre à midi au mercredi 28 octobre à midi. Vous recevrez un jeton de vote électronique par e-mail. Les résultats seront dévoilés lors de la prochaine assemblée générale ce mercredi 28 octobre à 16 :30 au local 7000 du Harbour Centre. Sauf indication contraire par le Comité de Grève, nous demeurons en grève et nous maintenons nos moyens de pression. Si le vote est un « pour, » il y aura une période de 21 jours de négociation collective à la fin de laquelle toute question restant en suspens se retrouvera dans l’arbitrage de l’offre finale. De plus, si un vote « pour » est confirmé, tous nos moyens de pression cesseront et la menace de coupure budgétaire envers notre assurance médicale sera annulée.

Si le vote est « contre, » nous retournerons à la table de négociations, nous poursuivrons nos négociations à la normale et nous maintiendrons notre position de grève.

Si vous êtes un membre et ne voulez PAS recevoir un jeton de vote lorsque les scrutins ouvriront ce mardi, veuillez nous envoyez un message à ou à immédiatement.

Le Comité des Contrats, le Comité de Grève et le Comité Supérieur ont voté pour recommander un vote pour l’arbitrage de l’offre finale.

Solidarity with TSSU floods in after SFU Administration Threatens “Economic Weapons”

On October 5th, TSSU received notice from SFU Administration that they would cease our members’ benefit plans as of October 31, 2015. This is a cynical effort to pressure TSSU into accepting a process forward that could potentially leave us without a collective agreement, while foregoing our members’ striking power and suffering financial penalties.

We were not the only ones who saw this as a deplorable move on behalf of the Administration. Since this announcement, we have received support from around the SFU community and Canada.

Letters of Solidarity:

At the Thursday October 8 Convocation for the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology & the Faculty of Health Sciences, Honorary Degree recipient and former TSSU Contract Committee member Sut Jhally called on SFU Administration to find a quick resolution:

*French Translation Below

Des preuves de solidarité envers le TSSU affluent suite aux menaces de l’équipe administrative de SFU concernant l’utilisation « d’armes économiques. »

Ce lundi 5 octobre dernier, le TSSU a reçu un préavis de la part de l’équipe administrative de SFU annonçant le retrait de ses contributions financières à l’égard de nos régimes d’avantages sociaux à partir du 31 octobre 2015. Cette annonce représente un effort cynique tentant de pousser le TSSU à accepter un processus d’arbitrage qui pourrait, en plus de nous laisser sans convention collective et sans pouvoir de grève dans le future, faire en sorte que nos membres subissent de graves sanctions financières.

Nous ne sommes pas les seuls à avoir perçu cette mesure de notre employeur comme étant déplorable. En effet, depuis ce communiqué, nous avons reçus plusieurs formes de support.

Lettres de solidarité :

  • Lettre de soutien de l’Association canadienne des professeurs et professeures d’université (Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT))
  • Lettre de soutien de l’Association des facultés de l’université Simon Fraser (Simon Fraser University Faculty Association (SFUFA))
  • Lettre de soutien de membres du corps professoral de l’université Simon Fraser

De plus, ce 8 octobre, lors de la collation des grades de la Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, de la Faculté de Communication, Art et Technologie et de la Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Sut Jhally, récipiendaire d’un doctorat honorifique et ancien membre du Comité des Contrats du TSSU, a vivement recommandé l’équipe administrative de SFU de trouver une solution, et ce rapidement.


SFU Admin targets “economic weapons” on vulnerable members.

Late Monday, the TSSU Strike Committee was informed that SFU Administration intends to use “economic weapons” to cut off our members extended health, MSP, and dental benefits, effective October 31.

Rather than come to the bargaining table and negotiate, or accept binding arbitration as proposed by Labour Mediator Vince Ready, SFU Administration chose to escalate the labour dispute by cutting benefits to our most vulnerable members. These cuts to benefits are targeted at international graduate students, families, and sessional instructors: three groups that SFU Administration has repeatedly targeted with cutbacks and increased fees. By cutting benefits to our most vulnerable members, SFU Administration has chosen to exploit the poverty they’ve created by cutting education funding and bloating administrative overhead for the past decade.

The use of “economic weapons” will not bring the sides closer to settlement; instead they threaten to escalate a dispute that could have been resolved last month, had SFU Administration come to mediation with the intention of negotiating fairly.

TSSU members who would like more information are asked to attend the Greater Committee Meeting tomorrow:
Tuesday Oct 6, 2015
11:30am-1:30pm in AQ 5007 on Burnaby Campus.

TSSU Stewards are also reminded of the meeting:
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015
11:30am-1:30pm in MBC 2290 on Burnaby Campus.

*French Translation Below

L’équipe administrative de SFU brandit des « armes économiques » envers les membres du TSSU. 

Lundi soir dernier, le Comité de Grève du TSSU a été informé de l’intention de l’équipe administrative de SFU d’utiliser des « armes économiques. » Celles-ci visent à retirer les contributions de notre employeur au financement du régime d’assurance de soins médicaux complémentaires, du régime de soins médicaux de la Colombie-Britannique (Medical Services Plan, MSP) ainsi que du régime d’assurance dentaire à partir du 31 octobre, et ce pour tous les membres du TSSU.

Plutôt que de se présenter à la table de négociations, ou plutôt que d’accepter l’offre d’arbitrage exécutoire proposée par Vince Ready, médiateur-arbitre, notre employeur a choisi d’intensifier le conflit de travail en coupant les prestations de nos membres les plus vulnérables. Tout particulièrement, ce moyen de pression ciblant les avantages sociaux de nos membres affecte en grande partie les étudiants internationaux inscrits dans des programmes de 2e et 3e cycle, les familles, les auxiliaires à l’enseignement et les chargés de cours. L’équipe administrative de

SFU a d’ailleurs attaqué ces groupes à plusieurs reprises dans le passé en mettant en place des réductions budgétaires et des hausses de frais. En coupant les prestations de nos membres les plus vulnérables, notre employeur décide donc d’exploiter la pauvreté qu’elle a créée au cours de la dernière décennie non seulement en coupant le financement à l’éducation, mais également en gonflant ses frais administratifs.

L’utilisation « d’armes économiques » n’orientera aucunement les deux partis vers un règlement imminent. Au contraire, l’équipe administrative de SFU menace d’exacerber un conflit qui aurait pu être résolu le mois dernier, si seulement celle-ci s’était présentée aux séances d’arbitrage avec l’intention d’y négocier de manière équitable.

Full Details of SFU’s unbinding arbitration proposal and analysis

Below are links to documents regarding Vince Ready’s proposal for binding arbitration between the parties. The 4th document contains SFU’s proposed process along with analysis from the TSSU Contract Committee.

  1. Vince Ready’s proposal on binding arbitration
  2. TSSU’s proposal of September 24, 2015
  3. SFU Proposal of September 29, 2015
  4. Point by Point analysis of SFU Proposal of September 29, 2015

On September 24th, TSSU’s Contract Committee outlined a pathway SFU Admin could take that would allow us to have confidence recommending our members accept binding arbitration (Final Offer Selection or FOS), as per Vince Ready’s proposal of September 14. In response, SFU Administration has developed their own proposed process for binding arbitration which is in complete disagreement with the Vince Ready proposal. Incredibly, their proposal allows SFU Administration to “void” the results of the binding arbitration, if SFU Admin’s offer isn’t selected. The full contract committee analysis is linked above, but here are several highlights of our concerns about SFU Admin’s proposal:

  1. In clause #1, their proposal ignores TSSU’s democratic structure which requires our members vote on accepting binding arbitration.
  2. In clause #2, their proposal requires all changes to the contract to be costed as part of the PSEC mandate (a monetary cap), including items normally excluded from the mandate, such as complying with Health and Safety Law by paying TSSU members who sit on Safety Committees. Bringing an employer in line with the law is not supposed to be a cost which the employees pay for with a reduced wage increase. Clause #2 also requires the Arbitrator to do the costing, completely ignoring established practice where the parties (TSSU & SFU Admin / PSEC) present their costing to the Arbitrator who then makes a selection.
  3. In clause #3, their proposal requires a “total package” binding arbitration, rather than a proposal by proposal process. Vince Ready purposefully chose not to preset the type of binding arbitration and instead said he would choose the type of arbitration when he saw the final packages from the parties.
  4. In clause #4 SFU Admin’s proposal gives them a way to undo the binding arbitration if they do not like Vince Ready’s selection. They can simply appeal to PSEC who will overturn Vince Ready’s selection. In this case, TSSU would be without a collective agreement and would have to take another strike vote, recommence job action and restart the bargaining process.

TSSU Members are invited to come and discuss both proposals for binding arbitration at the Greater Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 6
AQ 5007