Various Categorizations in Types of Work (Employment and Non-Employment) Performed by Graduate Students registered as full-time at York University
What is the difference between a:
- Teaching Assistant (TA)*;
- Graduate Assistant (GA)*;
- Research Assistant (RA)^; and
- Other research-related work that may be performed by a graduate student*
Distinguishing between Categories of Work 2, 3 and 4 above
The basis of the distinctions between categories type 2, 3 and 4 above, is the language of Article 3.01 of the York-CUPE 3903 Unit 3 Collective Agreement which reads as follows:
- The Employer recognizes the Union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all graduate students registered as full-time at York University who are receiving financial assistance from or through the University and in connection with such assistance are employed in administrative, clerical, and research work save and except supervisors, persons above the rank of supervisor, and per- sons for whom a trade union held bargaining rights at the date of
Clarity Note: For the purpose of clarity, graduate students registered as full-time at York University who receive financial assistance from or through York University for research or academic activities which are predominantly for the purposes of advancing the students’ progress towards fulfilment of their program and degree requirements are not in the bargaining unit.
It is very important to make correct distinctions between these three categories of work, as per the collective agreement language set out above, and the descriptions set out above, in order to ensure that the University is meeting its agreed-to legal obligation with CUPE 3903 Unit 3.