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Update from GTA Bargaining Team - Nov.22,2017

Dear Graduate Teaching Assistants,


Today, the GTA Bargaining Team had our first meeting with the University’s Bargaining Team, consisting of:


Jane O’Brien - Associate VP Human Resources (Chief Negotiator) 

Katie Osborne - Human Resources Consultant, Employee Relations

Linda Miller - Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)

Ron Wagler - Direction of Administration (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)


Our meeting opened with the GTA Bargaining Team presenting our proposed non-monetary changes to the current Collective Agreement. Following this, a few non-monetary articles were also highlighted by the University.


Both teams proceeded cautiously, but this did not preclude fruitful discussion of the non-monetary demands proposed. Monetary proposals and a few non-monetary proposals were put on reserve for future meetings. Your Team has requested disclosure of information relevant to bargaining.  


Of the material discussed today, the Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant Program was discussed at length. This program was introduced in the 2012-2015 Collective Agreement as a pilot program, and was continued for the 2015-2017 Collective Agreement. The reported intention of the program was to facilitate professional development of GTAs at the department level.   Both parties agreed that the program was beneficial, but the Employer expressed that in their view this program has “completed”, and should not continue as it currently exists. The University’s concern was the program was not broad enough in scope to affect a large number of GTAs.  The Employer seemed interested in working with the Union to implement training opportunities inspired by the Lead GTA program that will benefit a greater number of GTAs. The bargaining team is seeking input from members regarding skills they would like to develop as teaching assistants. A survey will be posted to collect this input, so please respond! 


The bargaining teams secured two additional dates for bargaining: December 11th and 12th, 2017. 


The Team wishes to thank the Mobilization Committee for their work. 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.. Stay tuned for a message from your Mobilization Committee about an upcoming event. 


We continue to push for GTAs’ demands to be met, and are committed to working toward a fair Collective Agreement. 



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









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