Important correction on Employer's recent communication

On March 27th, Dan Bradshaw, Assistant Vice-President Labour Relations of Faculty Relations at York University, issued a public letter to the CUPE 3903 bargaining team containing misleading information. The Employer asserts that five other unions at York University agreed to binding interest arbitration, but failed to specify this agreement applies only to a single issue: Bill-124 compensation redress. For clarity, YUFA intends to fully negotiate a renewal collective agreement and urges the Employer to correct this misinformation immediately.

Further, YUFA strongly condemns the Employer’s strategy of sowing divisions between unions on campus and to isolate CUPE 3903. YUFA, along with other campus unions, have issued this letter in solidarity with CUPE 3903.

CUPE 3903’s fight against the Employer’s “Job Stability Program” (JSP) proposal is also YUFA’s fight. In seeking to implement a program that purports to provide job stability, the Employer spectacularly failed to consult YUFA regarding this proposal. The JSP proposal violates the YUFA collective agreement and further erodes collegial governance, including a unit’s hiring practices and procedures. In fact, the JSP proposal exacerbates precarious labour at York University and in the sector more broadly. YUFA has filed a third policy grievance on decanal interference arising from the CUPE 3903 strike.