Community Update #1 (Feb. 23)

Community Update #1 (Feb. 23)

Earlier today, the University was informed that CUPE 3903 members representing Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Contract Faculty, voted in favour of going on strike as of 12:01 am on Monday, February 26.

This afternoon, following the vote, the University and CUPE 3903 met as planned for collective bargaining negotiations, however an agreement has not yet been achieved. Negotiations between the University and the Union may continue throughout the weekend and into next week with the agreement of both parties.

The University’s top priority is to continue supporting students and their learning. The Senate Executive Committee has communicated that under Senate policy, any changes to course delivery that are required during the first six days of a labour disruption will be managed by individual course instructors, and are not affected by statements or motions on behalf of a program, department, or Faculty Council. Students will receive information directly from their instructors and will also be able to find information about the status of their courses on the Course Status website.

Senate Executive has further confirmed that:

  • Courses and academic activities in progress that can continue will continue (including in the School of Continuing Studies and off-site locations).
  • There is flexibility for course instructors to alter the delivery mode of their courses from in-person to remote instruction if this is the best way to preserve academic integrity and continue the course during the disruption.
  • Any changes to course delivery are to be communicated in advance to students by instructors via eClass and reported to Dean’s/Principal’s Offices.

Contingency plans for all aspects of university operations are in place and will be activated as required. Should a labour disruption occur and extend beyond six days, the University will provide timely and clear guidance.