TSSU contract settled

Mar 21, 2002, vol. 23, no. 6

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Simon Fraser University and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract providing for a six per cent wage increase over three years.

The agreement was hammered out after two sessions of mediation and includes a $40 per semester tuition account credit. The union was looking for protection from an expected tuition hike.

While TSSU chief negotiator Kevin Hare acknowledges the credit won't cover the increase, he says, “It will help.” The credit applies only to those members who are enrolled as fulltime students.

The agreement also provides for an automatic workload review that kicks in when there are more than 24 students in a tutorial. Union members voted on ratification on March 18 and 19. The TSSU represents about 900 teaching assistants, tutor markers, sessional instructors and language instructors. Its last contract expired on April 30, 2001.

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