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CUPE 3903 Collective Bargaining

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Collective Bargaining Update #32 – July 23, 2021 5:30PM

On behalf of the University, we are very pleased that CUPE 3903 units 1, 2, and 3, and the University have successfully negotiated renewal collective agreements for the period 2020 to 2023. These three-year agreements are in keeping with the mandate directed by the provincial government’s Bill 124. These collective agreements also make important advances in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion through language and other changes to terms and conditions that we expect will support CUPE 3903 and York’s shared…

York University’s Bargaining Approach

In Fall 2020 the University initiated collective bargaining with CUPE 3903, Units 1, 2, and 3 the union representing York’s teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants. At that time, the University presented CUPE 3903 with an extension framework proposal with the view that by agreeing to extension agreements on terms acceptable to both parties, it would provide certainty for CUPE 3903 members and the University community.

The University’s proposed approach to expedite bargaining through extension agreements did not lead to the quick resolution to bargaining that we had hoped for, the parties have continued with the bargaining process, and the University’s goal remains to achieve negotiated collective agreements.

We respect the contribution of all employee groups and the important role they play in providing a highly valued educational experience in a supportive, inclusive and caring environment to help prepare students for meaningful careers and long-term success.

York’s negotiations with CUPE 3903 are informed by five core principles:


Open and honest to help achieve a renewed agreement.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Furthering our principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Financial Sustainability

Focusing on the financial well being of CUPE 3903 employees and the long-term sustainability of the University.


For the bargaining process, the union and its leadership.


To our community.

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