>From: news and announcements for members of CUPE local 3903
>[mailto:3903NEWS@YorkU.CA]On Behalf Of Robert Heynen
>Sent: January 9, 2001 8:45 AM
>Subject: We're back!
>The CUPE 3903 bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement on
>Collective Agreements for both unit 1 and 3. After 11 weeks on strike,
>the administration has finally made major movement on the issues of both
>units. The bargaining team and executive have decided to bring the deals
>to a ratification vote on Thursday, with a recommendation that the
>membership ratify these agreements. The time and location will be
>announced later today.
>A summary of the key elements of the tentative agreements are outlined
>below. The complete text will be sent out on 3903News and on the website
>by Tuesday afternoon, and an analysis by the bargaining team and executive
>will follow on Tuesday evening.
>The key issue in the unit 1 collective agreement is tuition protection.
>We have secured tuition indexation language which maintains the principles
>of our previous collective agreement without a re-opener clause and
>reference to domestic students.
>There were four major issues on the table for unit 3: a rebate linked to
>tuition; funding of GSA benefits; summer funding; a wage floor. The union
>has won significant increases in all four areas.
> Tuition-linked rebate: we have won the proposal with which we went
>into this round of bargaining, a rebate beginning in May 2001 which
>mirrors the tuition increases planned for the next two years.
> Funding of GSA benefits: In the first year of the collective
>agreement the employer will pay 80% of benefits, and in the second year
>100%. In addition, we have negotiated a $15,000 fund to subsidize the UHIP
>fees for international students.
> Summer funding: the union has negotiated a bursary fund of
>$100,000 to provide summer funding for our members.
> Wages: for year one the employer will provide a base wage of
>$5,880, with a signing bonus configured according to our initial proposal
>(i.e. ranging from $882 for those at the low end to $72.80 for all those
>above $7280). In year two the base wage will be $7,300.
>Back to work protocol
>The back to work protocol includes a work/compensation package similar to
>that in the unit 2 Collective Agreement. We have also secured extensions
>of academic deadlines and terms of study, including a two month extension
>of academic terms. There is also protection of community members and
>research/graduate assistants who were not official members of the
>bargaining unit, but who may have participated in the strike.