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Live Mediation Updates

October 31, 2009

In keeping with our model of open and transparent bargaining, we will be publishing live updates over the next two days, direct from the bargaining table. Also, if you haven’t already done so, please use the following link to send a message to the McMaster Administration to tell them to spend the next 2 days […]

Honesty in Bargaining

October 30, 2009

Over the next few hours, we will be in mediation with the Employer in the hopes of reaching an agreement we can recommend to the membership. As the deadline approaches you can expect both sides to release messages aimed at the members, at the community and at students. Cynics and the observant will note that […]

Deadline Countdown

October 29, 2009

2 hours 24 minutes Our bargaining team is still waiting for movement on priority strike issues identified by members.  We remain hopeful that a strike can be averted, but certainly members should watch for updates over the next few hours.

University Administration’s Current Monetary Offer Analyzed

October 22, 2009

Our bargaining team has analyzed the University Administration’s most recent monetary package over the two year framework they’ve proposed. Their current package does nothing to address the issues we’ve raised around overwork, rising class sizes, benefits funding deficits, 8% / year tuition hikes, and access to employment for experienced TAs. Instead their package only puts […]

Bargaining Update: More Mediation Dates Scheduled

October 18, 2009

After three days of marathon bargaining, there has been progress at the table. We’ve seen the Employer move positively on numerous language items, although they have yet to move away from their monetary model of putting new money solely into the wage rate. We have tabled a significantly modified monetary proposal which will be discussed […]

Live Updates From the Bargaining Table – Marathon Mediation Oct. 14-16

October 14, 2009

Dear Unit 1 Members, McMaster students and workers, and allies, After months of stalling by the University Administration, we now are in marathon bargaining, with the assistance of a government-appointed mediator, for approximately 72 hours beginning at 9am on October 14, 2009. In keeping with our model of open and transparent bargaining, we will be […]

Independent Undergraduate Support Group

October 4, 2009

A group of undergraduate students interested in labour issues have formed a support group to inform other undergraduates about issues at McMaster. Any interested undergraduates can join, there is no need to be a TA or CUPE 3906 member. Meeting time: 2:30-4:30pm every Wednesday in KTH 709 Email Callen to get added to the mailing […]

CUPE 3906 Bargaining is Headline News

September 20, 2009

Click here to view some recent articles on our ongoing struggle for a fair collective agreement, including protecting members from wage and benefits concessions and ensuring quality and accessible education.

Employer stalls negotiations – Your Benefits will be CUT.

September 17, 2009

General Membership Meeting September 22nd from 4 – 8 PM Location – Burridge gym and mezzanine Your bargaining team met with the employer twice this week in the hope that the employer would acknowledge our concerns regarding the erosion of TAs’ benefits and show movement on numerous proposals. Despite the tireless efforts of your bargaining […]

Grant in aid explained

September 14, 2009

Your bargaining team’s proposal on grant-in-aid is one of the most important proposals in this bargaining round. Grant-in-aid is an accounting instrument that allows a University Administration to convert part of the pay of a graduate student TA into a special type of bursary. It has been successfully implemented at York University and the University […]