Negotiations update: York presents comprehensive settlement offers to CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3
TORONTO, January 7, 2009 — After 5 days of making some progress in negotiations, the University today presented to the Union enhanced offers for settlement totaling 10.7% over three years.
The University has asked the Union to present these comprehensive offers for settlement to its membership for a ratification vote at the earliest opportunity.
These enhanced offers include a 9.25% increase in wages plus significant benefit and other improvements over the term of the new three-year collective agreements.
The University’s comprehensive offers for settlement address the key priority areas identified by CUPE 3903, namely:
– Enhanced job security for contract faculty through 22 new full-time faculty positions
– Further increases in Funds to reflect recent membership growth
– Indexation of Funds to address any future membership growth
– Tuition protection for the full term of the new collective agreements
– Increase in minimum guaranteed funding for graduate teaching assistants
The University firmly believes that these comprehensive offers for settlement of 10.7% over three years are fair, responsible and sustainable – particularly in this worsening economic climate.
As time is of the essence for our 50,000 students, the University has asked CUPE 3903 to present these offers for settlement to the membership for ratification as soon as possible.
By Cupe Doll
You’ve probably heard by now. York’s made 3903 a final offer. And it’s a damn good one. In fact, it’s better than York offered any other locals. Almost as if York capitulated just a little. Just enough to reward 3903 for ruining this academic year. For totally ruining this year when it comes to anything remotely academic.
Fair enough. Sometimes, to save the babies, you’ve got to drink bathwater. Trouble is, though, that this here 3903 local isn’t merely childish. It’s totally loco. Listening to our own internal 3903 chatter, it’s like hearing voices. Disturbed voices. Voices insinuating how “concessionary” York’s final offer is. How we didn’t go striking out so long just to concede anything to York.
No surprise. Everyone should understand already. Far as our 3903 ideologues are concerned, this strike isn’t about what York can bring to the table. It’s about kneecapping York under the table. Regardless whatever consequence for York students, faculty, staff and our own membership. And however our ideologues deny what they’re after — kneecapping York — it’s no secret. Not only is it not secret — it’s earnestly and proudly advertised. For one of many instances, in the very first paragraph of his article — The Neoliberal University: Looking at the York Strike — Eric Newstadt wrote that “.. the tenor of the action was and remains pitched firmly at rolling back the “neoliberal university”…”
Not a secret. Should come as no surprise by now. Our 3903 ideologues truly honestly believe they’re striking out for student’s own good. That because we in 3903 don’t want students having to pay their education — that totally justifies us ruining the education students already paid for. And look: our 3903 ideologues are not knowingly evil. All we are is totally ideological. In our own minds, we are proud how we fight for students. How we strike out against the “neo-liberal” university. In our own minds we are the good guys. We keep waiting students to show us the love. All this false hatred? Nothing but bad PR.
What does all this mean — like, in practical terms? Should be fairly obvious. If at least five hundred 3903 members show up at tomorrow’s GMM, only then will there be much chance York’s final offer getting positively ratified. Because only then will there be sufficient regular membership to outvote our ideological bloc. Otherwise, if fewer than five hundred show tomorrow — the chances slim to none. In which case it becomes a matter for either forced ratification — or legislation.