A few important things to know:

  • The project team is working to identify those RA roles that are eligible for employee status.
  • Research Assistants and their work will not be affected during this period, although if they are identified as eligible to be an SFU employee they will be invited to sign an employment contract with the university.
  • SFU and TSSU signed a Memorandum of Agreement wherein SFU recognizes employees’ right to unionize.
  • Once those categorized as RAs are signed on as employees, they are eligible for TSSU membership. RAs may be contacted by TSSU in the meantime, as the union would like to begin preparing for collective bargaining on behalf of the RAs who do become employees. RAs may work with TSSU in advance of being confirmed as eligible and/or signing employment letters.
  • The possibility exists that not all current RAs will be categorized as RAs in the future, and as such, they may not be eligible for employment status or TSSU membership.
  • Future employment terms and conditions (including salaries and benefits) for eligible SFU employees, will be negotiated as part of the Collective Agreement bargaining process.
  • There will be no impact to grant funding during the project, and once a Collective Agreement has been signed, the project team will work with units to develop solutions that minimize impacts.


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