Sending this out at the request of a fellow University CUPE Local struggling to get a contract signed. Please give it a read and if you agree, please sign the petition which will go to the President of the University of Victoria, Jamie Cassels.
Caroline President CUPE Local 3799
CUPE 4163 needs your help. We are the union that represents Teaching Assistants, Lab Assistants, Computer Lab Techs, Language Teachers, Cultural Assistants and Residence Life workers at UVic. A few weeks ago our members voted 86.5% in favour of going on strike to improve working conditions and defend public education. Since that vote UVic Admin has changed their tone and made a few minor concessions, but we are concerned that without stepping up the pressure we will not reach a settlement this term. Click here: http://4163.cupe.ca/?page_id=2819 to sign a petition requesting that UVic to cut us a fair deal. Our specific proposals need to be confidential, but what I can tell you is that UVic is trying to bully us into signing a ten year contract. That’s right, ten years! The fact that they would even suggest that indicates that they don’t take our union seriously and don’t realize how much support we have from our allies. One of our best tools right now is to make sure UVic understands that we are demanding a fair deal for our members and acting in support of public education. You can help us deliver this message by emailing our President? Click on the link above to email President Jamie Cassels and tell him that you support CUPE 4163. Our union doesn’t want to go on strike, but UVic is forcing our hand by demanding a ten year contract term and refusing some very reasonable demands. We are asking for protection from academic harm for members who speak out about labour issues, an anti-bullying clause, a transparent process for TA hiring, adequate workspace for all of our members and reasonable allowances for bereavement leave. Most of our members will have graduated by the time the deal takes effect so we really are doing this for future generations of students. Accessible, high quality post-secondary education is crucial for building stronger communities so please take a minute and lend us your support. In solidarity, Gordon O’Connor Comp 1 Vice President