Today was the first bargaining session since the 92% ‘yes’ strike mandate. TSSU’s Contract Committee was optimistic that today’s meeting with the Employer would signal a change in the direction of bargaining. Our collective voice has secured us three consecutive bargaining dates from May 13-15th, but we need to generate more pressure to assure that those three days are spent in meaningful negotiations. To generate that pressure, the Strike and Bargaining Committees, along with the 14 members who attended the session as advisers, served 72 hour strike notice to SFU.
For the 8th time in this round of bargaining, we gave a thorough and complete explanation of our TA proposals, including: language merging the TA/TM articles, and language to guarantee TA work to graduate students.
The employer stated they were unable to discuss the TA/TM merger proposal because it included combining the compensation models for TAs and TMs.
In response, we moved the sections of the TA/TM merger proposal referring to compensation to an appendix and presented the reorganized proposal to the employer in the afternoon. Again, the employer offered no response.
In the afternoon, both sides discussed Health and Safety Language. TSSU had been waiting for a reply on our proposal since December, which would bring the Collective Agreement in line with BC Health and Safety regulations on Young or New Workers (who make up the majority of our membership). The employer tabled a new counter-proposal that was below these regulations. TSSU will not bargain a Collective Agreement which does not offer our members the training and protection afforded by BC law.
We served strike notice to the employer at 2:26pm. Once the 72-hour notice period has passed, an ELC/ITP overtime ban will be in place as our first job action. TAs, TMs and Sessional Instructors should continue to perform their regular duties until they hear otherwise from TSSU.
We encourage members to continue to attend our bargaining sessions as advisers. Please email email@example.com if you would like to attend.
To be a part of outreach & strike action planning to the membership, contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queries can be submitted by email at email@example.com and by phone at 778.782.4735
TSSU has also put out a press release, which you can find here.