Monthly Archives: April 2015

CUPE Executive Committee Elections

Voting will begin at the end of the Annual General Meeting (held on April 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 at the Underground in the Student Centre) from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Voting will continue on April 23, 24, 27, 28, and 29 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the following locations:

Keele Campus

Vari Hall Link

William Small Centre (beside Tim Hortons)

Vanier College (adjacent to south door)

Accolade East (adjacent to stairwell)


York Hall (just outside the cafeteria)

For info on the candidates, check out


News you can use: Update from your Student Association

News & Events

York and CUPE payroll

Cheques for strike pay (including discrepancies and hours worked until March 31) were available for pickup April 6 – 8 at the Atkinson building on Keele campus. Any discrepancies will be available in another cheque run processed for Friday April 10, for which you need to submit a Discrepancy form. Alternatively, en email may be sent to CUPE requesting the cheque be mailed. Cheques for 8th line members continue to be proceses.  As per the back-to-work protocol negotiated between the Union and York, members will receive full York pay for the month of March (to be released on April 15). Payroll will resume as usual for the month of April with the April 26 payment as scheduled.  The ‘lump sum payment’ retroactively reflecting the increase in wages by 1.5% from September 1, 2014, as per the new collective bargain, is presumably being paid at a later date. Further information can be found on the CUPE website.

Return to Work
Students will receive full compensation for the month of March according to the negotiated terms of the Return to Work Protocol agreed to between the Employer and the Union. The exact terms of the agreement are below and seem to imply that make-up work is not required.Any dispute regarding the interpretation of the protocol shall be referred to CUPE3903, following the Grievance Procedures outlined in Article 6 of the Collective Agreement. Alternatively, contact the Grievance Officer for assistance.

The Return to Work Protocol (Schedule B, s. 4(c)) states: “Employees will receive 100% of the compensation for the winter 2015 term. Upon return to work, supervisors shall call a meeting to discuss the workload for the remainder of the term in the context of Appendix D (p. 31) – Graduate Assistant Workload Form, making any required adjustments for the fulfillment of the duties of the assignment.” Additionally, the Workload Form states that: “The Graduate Assistant is not authorized to work more than the number of hours assigned above [in the form] and is not to be required to work more than 40 hours in any four-week period without the Graduate Assistant’s written agreement.

MES Program – Remediation & Deadlines

Winter term deadlines for MRP have been extended to Apr 10 (examinable copies due) and May 4-15 (final exams). Should a student be experiencing any pressing hardship with meeting deadlines OSAS will assist on case-by-case basis.

Summer term deadlines for MRP remain as July 31 (examinable copies due) and Aug 26 – Sep 4 (final exams). Your student reps to FES and FGS Councils will be engaged in discussion regarding potential extension of dates and tuition adjustment. Further information will be available in the near future.

 Winter term classes have resumed with remedial plans developed by each professor according to principles of fairness, timeliness, and academic integrity; also in consideration of university-wide deadlines (e.g. summer term start, spring convocation). Should a student experience any concerns with the remediation plan the following process is suggested: (1) speak with the professor directly to attempt to resolve; (2) if unresolved, speak with associate-dean, Leesa Fawcett; (3) if unresolved, speak with the dean, Noel Sturgeon. The Graduate Program Director (Justin Podur) and the GESSA Advocacy Officer (Erica Ali) are also available to consult with.

Several concerns have been raised by your student representatives to Faculty Council regarding the remedial plans and extension of deadlines. E.g. lack of student consultation, power structure dynamics, unequal class workloads, and shortened timeframes for research/study. Your student reps to FES and FGS Councils will be engaging in further discussion around more effective strategies for future implementation.

The Picket Parade – ongoing solidarity work

From Andrew Winchur: Going forward, I’d like to organize another screening (or two) with York
undergrads of the documentary (that was supposed to screen at the Global Solidarity event) on the Quebec Student Also, Alex Gelis and I would like to interview undergrads about the strike (as scheduling permits). Please contact me to get involved:



2015/16 GESSA Executive Council Elections

The following formal positions are still available and informal positions can also be created based on student interest and capacity to  work with the organization in similar or new ways! Send an email if interested! Formal position descriptions can be found in the GESSA constitution (pg. 6).
Current Members: Jasleen Hora – Chair; Romanda Simpson – Social; Evonne Donnelly – Internal; Nancy Ghumann – RTF
Vacancies:Vice-Chair/Finance; External; Advocacy. 

2015/16 Student Rep Elections to FES/York Councils

Interested in shaping faculty decisions around your education? Become a student rep on FES Councils/Committees – send an email if interested! Descriptions of councils can be found on
Current Members: See link

Faculty Council – 1 position
MES Program & Curriculum Committee – 1 position
YUGSA Council – 4 positions

ACE 2015 Executive Elections
Individuals interested in the positions noted below should email: by April 30, 2015. Positions can also be created based on student interest and capacity to  work with the organization in similar or new ways! For further details on some of the roles and responsibilities of the above titles please see our constitution.
Vacancies:  Chair; Vice-Chair; Communications; Advocacy & Outreach; Disability Services.

CUPE 2015 Executive Elections
Concerns about the recent strike clusterfeck? Vote for the 2015 Executive! You may not be a returning student but you can save your fellow colleagues some grief by enabling a competent Executive to build capacity for the next expiry of the collective agreement only two short years away. 

The campaign period runs April 6 – April 22. Voting begins at the AGM on Wednesday, April 22 and continues until April 29. Poll stations will be available at the AGM and on both campuses – Keele and Glendon (check CUPE website for location update). The full list of candidates and their bios can be found here. For more information, contact the Elections Officer at

GESSA Emergency Student Loan Program

Dear MES Students,
Due to various circumstances related to the strike some of you may currently be in need of temporary financial assistance. GESSA is trying to assess this need and may be able to implement an Emergency Student Loan Program. However, due to the limited funds available to GESSA we would like to know how many students are in need and how much is required. Please note that this does not guarantee a loan but would rather allow us to asses whether we are able to provide this service and to what extent. Please bear in mind that this is a short-term loan that we would provide to only those students in serious need of immediate financial assistance, and only to help you meet your crucial expenses that may be due immediately.
Please email GESSA by 8am on Thursday March 2 with the information indicated below (held in strict confidence). We will have a response to  your communication with the decision by 12pm on Thursday March 2.
1. Brief summary of your situation
2. Amount(s) required and purpose(s)
3. Date you require the amount(s)
4. Schedule for repayment (i.e. amount(s), date(s), and the source(s) of income)
Please send your communication to