CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Rally Downtown in Solidarity with CUPE 3903 on Strike at York University

Fight against the Casualization and Devaluation of Educational Work

On Nov. 6th Contract Faculty, Teaching and Graduate Assistants at York University walked out.

December 3rd will be Day 28 of our strike.

We are calling on all unions, allies & supporters to come out to show your solidarity on:
Wednesday December 3rd, 1pm Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities 900 Bay St. (Bay and Wellesley) Toronto

For updates and online action visit:


Help CUPE 3903's Google Rankings

Please help CUPE 3903. They're in week two of a strike and they've
been sideswiped by someone who registered and pointed it
at the university web site.

While they pursue their complaint with the Canadian Internet
Registration Authority, they're looking to improve their ranking on
Google, so that people searching for information about the York
University strike find their information, not the university's, or the
anti-strike student groups'.

>> Additionally, another way to boost search engine ranking is from
>> inbound links. The more websites that link to
>> the better... and even more than quantity of links are quality. If
>> we can get a couple of very popular sites to link to us the more
>> google will like our new page! So get the word out!

Please put a link to the real CUPE 3903 site ( on
your website, using "York University strike information" as the link
text. Not sure how to do that? Take the following code:

York University strike
and get your web worker to put it on your page.

Thanks for your help!


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CUPE 3913 lays on pressure to settle with University of Guelph

More than 500 people have sent e-mails to administrators at the University of Guelph to encourage them to make the most of mediation and settle with its teaching assistants and sessional lecturers.

CUPE 3913 was in mediation this week to avoid a strike by its 1,200 sessional lecturers and teaching assistants.

Outstanding issues include increased workload and class sizes, health and safety concerns and job security.

The two sides will be in a legal strike or lockout position December 1 at 12:01 am.

Add your voice here:

From an internal email from CUPE National - FastFacts


York and 3903 talking again

CUPE 3903 got York University back to the table this week in a bid to end their strike, which began November 6.

CUPE 3903 spokesperson Rafeef Ziadah said the union's main issues were:

* benefit funds just above 2005 levels;
* job security for contract faculty;
* subsistence wages that meet the real cost of living in Toronto.

CUPE National President Paul Moist walked the picket lines at York, November 23.

From an internal email from CUPE National - FastFacts