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What is Bargaining?

Collective bargaining is one of the ways that we improve our working conditions. A Collective Agreement (CA) is a single contract that limits the rights of management and guarantees pay and other compensation for workers in the union. Bargaining is an expression of collective power that gives employees the ability improve their workplace in ways that individually would be limited.

2022/23 Bargaining Updates

  • #9 Membership calls Strike Vote for March
    Last week, Contract Committee called a Special General Membership Meeting (SGM) to seek guidance from the membership on how to proceed with bargaining, given the concessions demanded by the Employer as well as their prolonged stalling tactics. At a packed SGM, our membership unanimously voted to cancel the remaining bargaining sessions for March and instead hold a…
  • #8 “not a proposal, obviously” – SFU bargaining committee continues to stall
    TSSU had two more bargaining sessions with the Employer last week, on Wednesday the 15th and Thursday the 16th. At these sessions we continued to discuss proposed changes to the articles of the Collective Agreement concerning Sessional Instructors and Teaching Assistants, but little progress was made. The Employer continues to stall. Concerning Teaching Assistants, the…

Pre-2023 RA Bargaining Updates

Detailed information on Proposals

The TSSU does not publish current proposals on its public website, but you can see a detailed list of our bargaining priorities. Proposals are negotiable positions that are intended to address our members’ concerns about our work, and may shift substantially during negotiations. Current detailed proposals are available for members and other interested parties, please contact for more information.