Update #6: Negotiations “Postponed” – Time to Mobilize!

June 18th’s bargaining session has been postponed by SFU Administration. Since bargaining was adjourned at noon on June 6th, two bargaining sessions in a row have been cancelled by SFU Administration with less than 72 hours notice. TSSU has already presented our proposals in detail, and we await responses and questions from SFU Administration; in the meantime, we need you to help us motivate Administration to bargain! Here are four things you can do to help over the next 10 days:

  1. June 18 mobilization day: Burnaby Campus AQ 5135 from 10am-5pm; on Surrey Campus in SUR 351 10am-4pm. If you can spare 30 minutes, drop by and talk about what’s going on and help inform other members!
  2. Power Building School: Thursday June 20, we have a series of workshops at Vancouver Campus HC 1315 9:30-5:00pm; register here https://forms.gle/C9bVXP5FyePvpowz6
  3. June 27 Bargaining: Come see negotiations in person! We’re in Surrey (SUR 2740) from 9:30-4:30pm, followed by the Stewards Meeting at 4:30 (SUR 5140)
  4. Schedule a department meet and greet: find a time and place, we’ll bring coffee and snacks; ask us about anything related to bargaining! Ask your steward(s) to help arrange a time or email contract@tssu.ca

On June 27, we’ll be back at the bargaining table to demand action on members’ five key priorities for this bargaining round:

  • equity in pay benefits, and conditions for our members; including fixing broken pay statements.
  • better support for instruction including paid training & class size limits;
  • job security for long-term teachers including a path to continuing faculty positions;
  • better work for students including addressing TA/TM overwork, removing equivalencies, ensuring time off for thesis/dissertation defenses, and obeying the Employment Standards Act;
  • strengthening our union by streamlining the grievance procedure and more.

The contract committee will continue to assert our members’ demands in negotiations with SFU Administration, but it is only through collective power that we’ll be able to improve our working conditions. Attend bargaining, hear other members’ needs, share this update; every action to build solidarity increases our strength at the bargaining table.

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