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University Stalling Bargaining? Union Tables Monetary Proposals


Greetings, Graduate Teaching Assistants!


On February 5th and 6th the GTA Bargaining Team tabled all of our remaining proposals. We plan to meet with the Employer again on March 2, 5 and 6, if not sooner. In the meantime, the Union will be organizing Strike Information Sessions.


February 5th

A meeting between our GTA Bargaining team and the Employer took place, opened by the GTAs presenting our revised proposals addressing overtime. Now, all non-monetary outstanding issues (Hours Work, Letter of Offer, DSA, Probationary employee, Discipline, Non discrimination, Harassment) were being held by the Employer. They stated their wish to continue bargaining on February 6th in the presence of a conciliator, providing no response to these articles.



February 6th

Today, the GTA Bargaining Team officially entered conciliation, during which a neutral third-party conciliator from the Ministry of Labour was present. We presented the rationale for GTAs’ monetary demands, focussing on GTAs’ financial needs. The employer suggested we  focus on the TA portion of graduate student funding. We objected to this, citing a number of other articles in the expired CA that relate TA income to other funding sources. They also requested the exact wording of questions used to conduct our surveys, questioning our results. Our understanding is that this is standard practice for employers. After the presentation, we went over our monetary proposals (Wages, Appointments, Tuition, Benefits) in detail. The bargaining teams separated to allow the employer time to review the comprehensive package.


After receiving our monetary articles, the employer responded to Hours Work, Letter of Offer, and DSA. Unfortunately, it seems that many of our main points regarding changes to the DSA have been ignored. The Employer has not moved on issues relating to reasonable allocation of hours for marking (assignments, exams, etc.) in the DSA. The parties do have agreement in Hours of Work, Letter of Offer, and the Overtime Request Form, however. 


Future meetings and Strike Information Sessions


All of our demands have now been tabled. Future meetings will revolve around having the needs of our members met, and working toward an improved Collective Agreement.


There is a chance that the Union will need to organize in the form of labour action. Your Mobilization Committee in conjunction with the GTA Bargaining Team are organizing short Strike Information Sessions, where we will distribute information about strike provisions. Your Bargaining Team will underscore what must happen before a strike, what it means to vote on a strike mandate, the importance of a strong strike mandate in bargaining, and what it means to go on strike, if we need to. Please stay tuned for critical information about the time and location of these Strike Information Sessions.


Thanks to all who came out to our Winter Wonderland event last week. Despite the cold, we saw that the spirits of GTAs burn brightly! The Team continues to thank all members and the Mobilization Committee for their continued efforts in supporting GTAs’ bargaining demands. Please stay tuned for upcoming mobilization activities.


In solidarity,


Your Bargaining Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

Matthew Coady, GTA and PhD candidate in Chemistry

Nadia Ivanova, GTA and PhD candidate in Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dmitrii Marin, GTA and PhD candidate in Computer Science

Shannon Potter, GTA and PhD candidate in Economics

MaryAnne Laurico, PSAC Negotiator


Active participation of GTAs is crucial to the bargaining process. If you would like to learn more about the Mobilization Committee, or would like to become involved, contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A significant portion of our members are also members of the University of Western Ontario Society of Graduate Students.