On March 13th a small contingent of members and Executives from our Local traveled to the picket lines in Toronto to support the members of CUPE 3902 at U of T and CUPE 3903 at York University. Both 3902 and 3903 have been on strike since the first week of March as they struggle for wage increases, changes to equity language for LGBTQ members, minimum funding guarantees, tuition indexation for international students, and improved health and childcare benefits We presented each union with a $1000 donation to demonstrate the Local's solidarity with our fellow educational workers and to help support their ongoing strike actions.
I am excited to announce that Ayelet Ishai (Modern Languages & Literature) has won the iPad Air from our bargaining survey draw for prizes! Congratulations is also extended to Patrick Hill (Earth Sciences) who has won a $75 gift certificate to the campus book store and to Zachary Bronson (Information & Media Studies) who has won a $50 gift certificate to the Grad Club. A big thanks is extended to all members who took time to complete the Local's bargaining survey. Over the next few weeks, the Negotiating Committee will be analysing the data obtained from your responses to the survey questions, which will help the Local to determine and prioritize the demands we will take to the Employer when we begin to bargain for a new Collective Agreement this summer.
PSAC Local 610 President