Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903

 

Dear <yufa-cupe> YUFA in solidarity with CUPE 3903,

 

        The 2200 Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Contract

Faculty of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees thank

you for the support you gave us during our recent 78 day strike against

the management of York University.  Your solidarity with our struggle

provided us with inspiration to remain firm at the bargaining table and strong

on the picket lines.

 

        We are pleased to announce that we successfully achieved our

strike goals: increased job security as Contract Faculty and full

tuition indexation and a more fair first contract as Teaching- and

Graduate-Assistants.  The solidarity demonstrated by individuals,

unions and community groups from Ontario, Canada, the US, and overseas is

incredible.  We take this as an expression of the growing actions of

defending ourselves against the corporate agenda in this province and

beyond.

 

        Our victory in this battle does not mean that our fight is over.

Alongside allies across Ontario, our local is committed to

unprecedented self-defense of the working class.  Our Flying Squad (of approximately

100 members and a part of a growing network formed across the labour

movement) defends workers whether unionized or un-unionized and employed or

unemployed.  Engagements include supporting strikes, opening access to

social assistance and affordable housing, and protecting people from

deportation and being targeted by police.  If you or your organization

would like more information on Flying Squads, please contact Alex

Levant

at alevant@yorku.ca or (416) 736-5154.

 

        Thank you so much for your solidarity.

 

        Strike to Win!

        Fight to Win!

 

        On behalf of the Membership of CUPE 3903,

        Yours in solidarity and ongoing struggle,

 

Alex Levant             Peter Nyers             Chris Vance

Recording Secretary     Teaching Assistant      Communications Officer

 

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903

Room 104, East Office Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3 (416) 736-5154 fax: 736-5480 3903.cupe.ca