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University of Western Ontario
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UPDATE FROM GTA BARGAINING TEAM - DEC 12,2017

Dear Graduate Teaching Assistants,

Today, the GTA Bargaining Team finished our second bargaining session with the University's Bargaining Team. This session included meetings on December 11th and 12th, during which our remaining non-monetary demands were presented and/or discussed.

December 11th

Our meeting opened with the GTA Bargaining Team presenting more of our non-monetary demands. The Team also received the Employer's responses to many articles presented at our November 22nd meeting. The Teams reached agreement on and signed "Article 6: No Strike / No Lock-out", and "Article 7: Correspondence." All Articles signed during negotiations are subject to the ratification of our membership. Our discussions with the Employer were productive and we efficiently exchanged several proposals and counter proposals.

 

We proposed a modified Letter of Offer (Appendix A) and a substantially modified Duties Specification Agreement (Appendix B). The intent of the modifications to the DSA is to clarify the distribution of duties across weeks, as well as to further enshrine the concept of mutual agreement between GTAs and their supervisor regarding their duties. We also proposed an Overtime application form, which will be discussed in future meetings.

We proposed stronger language for more proactive approaches to handling Workplace Harassment/Discrimination/Violence, and issues involving Union Security (the information the Union receives from the Employer).

December 12th

The second day began with signing two additional draft articles, "Article 9: Joint Labour/Management Committee", and "Article 12: Information". Our Bargaining team opened by presenting the remainder of our non-monetary demands. The Employer presented their responses to a few articles presented on December 11th, leading to discussion about the Union's role in orientation events and ultimately improved language.

The Employer agreed to meet on two of our previously proposed dates, January 4th and 5th, 2018, but not January 8th, which was also proposed. They suggested meeting on January 22nd, but our Bargaining Team is unavailable. Your Bargaining Team previously proposed the following dates in February: 6, 9; 13-16; and 19, 20. We are still waiting for their response to these proposed dates.

Future meetings

After non-monetary demands are off the table, your Team will table our monetary demands. Our forthcoming proposals will address clawbacks members have experience to other funding sources after previous GTA wage increases.

We requested data on times to completion from the Employer, to help us form our monetary proposals. We received some data, and are seeking more.

The Team continues to thank all members and the Mobilization Committee for their continued efforts in supporting GTAs' bargaining demands. Please stay tuned for messages from your Local Executive and Mobilization Committee about information, actions, and 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

PSAC610 / SOGS COMMON INFO:

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