So here is the Facebook message that has been circulating, originally released by YFS:
1. CUPE 3903 has come up with a new offer for the York Administration. This offer will cost much less then the original offer but the York Administration is still refusing to meet with CUPE. At their last GMM CUPE also decided to allow the Bargaining Committee to put forward negotiating points without prior approval of the Executive Committee. If these points are agreed to they will be brought directly to the CUPE membership. this should help speed up the process.
2. We have set up a meeting with the CUPE Executive for tomorrow morning. We will be meeting with them to discuss steps to help end the strike.
3. The York Administration has finally set up a time for us to meet with them. We will be meeting with them on Wednesday to discuss getting them back to the bargaining table.
4. We want to hear from you. The YFS Town Hall will take place tomorrow at 1PM in Founders Assembly Hall. We have invited members of the York Administration and CUPE to be there as well to address your concerns. To date we have not recieved confirmation for the Administration but members of CUPE will be there.
Please let me now if you have any questions.
A York Media Relations official responded with this:
I do not know where you are getting the information that you have posted in item number one but I insist that you correct your posting immediately and acknowledge your mistake.
There has been no new offer made to York Administration by CUPE nor has one been brought forward by the mediator as of 6:55pm Monday November 24, 2008. It is irresponsible to be interfering in the Labour Relations process at such a sensitive juncture!
Secondly, re point number 3, re YFS’s request for a meeting with Rob Tiffin, VP Students and the President, Dr Shoukri which was made on Wednesday, November 19. A time in response to that request by YFS was proposed for last Thursday the 20th at 4:30 pm. Both the President and the VP arrived at the appointed place but no one from YFS attended let alone responded at the time or since. The President and VP both waited till 5pm before they left.
Finally, point number 4, refers to your invitation sent out to administration was received this afternoon in the President’s Office and a response is forthcoming.
It has also come to my attention that you have posted item number one on the YFS site. Again I insist that you correct the record in the interests of York’s 50,000 students.
Director, Media Relations
The YFS representative then responded with this:
Hi [name censored],
Thank you for your email. I am glad to see the York Administration is monitoring our facebook group with such vigor.
A new offer was put forward to the mediator by CUPE. Hopefully the Administration will review this offer and agree to meet with CUPE as soon as they can so the strike can end as quickly as possible. I’m not sure if you are on the University bargaining committee so maybe you have not seen the offer. At this point the Administration is not meeting with CUPE. If you can confirm that the York Administration is willing to meeting CUPE about the newest offer that would be great news for all of us.
At no point did we get a confirmation from the York Administration about a meeting time. In fact we received an email from Ken Fasciano stating that the President was not available and that we should set up a time with VP Tiffin. We did not receive an email response with a time or location. Perhaps that email was lost but I find it odd that both VP Tiffin and President Shoukri would go to a meeting at a time and location that was unconfirmed. Regardless, we do have a meeting with both VP Tiffin and President Shourkri this Wednesday. I will say however that it did take several requests to have a meeting. Our first request was denied right away.
I am glad that the Administration will be responding to our request to attend the Townhall. Many students have questions and it would be great if a representative could attend. I hope that the response is favourable.
I will make a quick correction that the new CUPE offer was submitted to the mediator, not the Admin and that we are waiting to see if the York Administration will now be willing to meet with CUPE. I will also take this opportunity to inform the group that the York Administration is monitoring the group.
Have a nice evening.
Whoa! So I guess the recent developments are a touchy development for both the Admin and YFS. It will be interesting to see what comes of this Town Hall meeting.
Anyways, to put some of you to rest.
The strike will most likely NOT end this week so calm down everybody. There is no date set between the University and the Union. The University mediator does have bargaining power but if some major break through was in the works the University would be meeting personally with the Union as a token gesture.
Good night everyone
I have removed the names of both parties for confidentiality purposes.