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Information for Sessional Faculty Regarding the TA/RA Strike

Dear Unit 2 Members,
Please find below important information for Unit 2 members (sessional faculty and sessional music faculty) regarding the current Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant strike at McMaster.  It is important that Sessional Faculty and Sessional Music Faculty are aware of their rights and obligations, as well as the ways in which we can assist our coworkers and fellow union members during the present job action. The next few days will be critical!  It is  particularly important that we join with the broader community of supportive McMaster students, faculty and union members who will be attending our Solidarity Rally on Thursday 4:30pm, at the Sterling Gate.  Transportation and childcare costs to attend this event can be reimbursed by our union  
Strikes are hectic and confusing times.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Strike Office with any questions:

The CUPE Unit 2 contract and McMaster Senate Policy both contain specific sections which obligate us to respect the legal job action of our co-workers. While Sessional Faculty members must cross the picket lines of striking employees in order to continue with their normal contractual teaching duties, Article 8.03 of our collective agreement is clear that Sessional Faculty cannot be required to perform the work normally done by Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants. You may adjust your curriculum in order to ensure that you are not performing the extra work of your TAs.

Moreover, undergraduate students have the right to choose not to participate in academic activities during a work stoppage under the McMaster Senate Policy on the Rights and Responsibilities of Students During Work Stoppages which can be found. In order to clarify these rights and obligations, we suggest that you adopt the following voluntary Code of Solidarity for the duration of the current job action:
If you are a supervisor of TAs, please know that you cannot attempt to influence their choice to strike.  If you have any questions about this situation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the union at 905-528-CUPE.



2 Responses to “Information for Sessional Faculty Regarding the TA/RA Strike”

  1. Where is Gord H? I’m missing his comment to give misinformation and trying to show that there’s a problem with the post.

    Today the picket line was way better for me, thanks everyone who showed up and thanks all the undergrads and staffs and other people who supported us. Especially the ones who joined our picket line!

    In Solidarity, V!

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