Timeline

2014

April 30 Collective Agreement Expired.
May 1 CUPE 3902 May Day Rally.
July 1 Unit 1 Members Meeting (Caucuses and Committees presented reports and recommendations for consideration by members).
July 30 Negotiations Began, whereby the Administration cited “internal and external constraints” as their negotiations’ policy. As cited in the Bargaining Bulletin No.6: “No wage increases, no increases to the Financial Assistance Fund, no rise in the minimum funding package, no money to keep benefits like the Health Care Spending Account Solvent, no cost of living adjustment to any parts of our CA can be bargained, in the view, unless we will take reductions somewhere else to compensate for them.”
August 20 Unit 1 Members Meeting (final reports presented to members).
August 21, 22 Negotiations continued.
September 1 Labor Day Bargaining Rally.
September 16 Negotiations continued.
October 3, 23-4 Administration calls for “no net-increase in compensation.”
October 7 Unit 1 Members Meeting.
November 11 Negotiations continue. Employer maintains they are constrained by provincial government; ergo they continue. Unit 1 Member meeting unanimously authorized unit-wide strike vote.
November 12-18 Strike Vote Takes Place (largest turnout in Canadian academic union history); membership legally authorizes the Union to call a strike (90.3% of casted ballots). Some movement made on minor articles of the CA (i.e. TA evaluation process, job posting process, subsequent appointments, childcare funding and pro). No move on major demands made.
December 1,2 Negotiations Continued.
December 12 Unit 1 informs the employer that they are seeking conciliation
December 22nd – Peter Simpson appointed as conciliation officer (CO).

2015

January 17 Negotiations continued (with CO).
January 26 Unit Members Meeting. Strike Deadline of 11:59pm Thursday Feb 26 set
February 20 Negotiations continued (with CO).
February 25 Negotiations continued (with CO).
February 26 Negotiations continued (with CO).
February 27 3am Tentative Agreement Reached.
February 27 5pm Tentative Agreement Rejected by Unit Membership by 90%.
March 2 Commencement of Picketing Actions in all three campuses of the UofT. (UTM, UTSC, St George).