Labour Update

This website is intended to provide regular updates on contract negotiations and employee relations for the SFU community. Please click on the following link to return to the Human Resources homepage. 

November 28, 2014

For information on the upcoming Faculty Association Negotations, please visit our update page available here:

Updated September 18, 2014

The TSSU and the University met as scheduled on September 16, and resumed negotiations. The Parties discussed a number of bargaining proposals, and the University's committee reported that they are encouraged with the process as the discussions have been productive and informative. The Parties will meet again on September 30, 2014.

September 11, 2014

The University and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) resumed negotiations on August 26, after a break during the summer months.

The Union reviewed their language proposals surrounding teaching assistants, tutor markers and sessional instructors. The University tabled and reviewed its language proposals on the grievance procedure, arbitration and tutor marker appointment priority.

The Union has asked the University to provide more detail on a number of the initial bargaining proposals; the University has agreed to do so prior to our next scheduled bargaining session.

The parties are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, September 16.

July 10, 2014

Update on TSSU Bargaining

The collective agreement between the University and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) covering Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessional Instructors, and Instructors in the English Language and Culture, Interpretation and Translation Program (ELC/ITP) expired on April 30, 2014.

As part of the bargaining process, the University and the TSSU reached a protocol agreement that includes a commitment by each side to engage in an orderly, productive, and respectful round of negotiations. 

The University and TSSU met on June 4, at which time the parties exchanged and discussed their respective bargaining proposals. A further meeting was held on June 18, at which time the parties had previously agreed to spend the session on issues specific to the ELC/ITP program. 

The University and TSSU have agreed to take the summer off from bargaining and have tentatively agreed to meet again on August 26.

July 3, 2014

SFU Faculty and Librarians Approve Certification as a Union 
- this message was sent via email to SFU faculty and staff on May 15, 2014.

In May, members of the Faculty Association of Simon Fraser University voted to become a certified union under the BC Labour Relations Code. 

The results of the certification vote were as follows (the results are unofficial until confirmed by the Labour Relations Board):

Eligible voters: 1091
Votes cast: 800
Percentage turnout: 73%

The question voted upon was: “Do you want the Faculty Association of Simon Fraser University (SFUFA) to be recognized as a certified union, under the Labour Relations Code, to represent you in collective bargaining with your employer, the University?” 

Total ballots: 800
Spoiled ballots: 0
Valid ballots: 800
In favour: 590
Opposed: 210

As a result of the vote, the Administration and Faculty Association must now begin negotiation of the first collective agreement. 

The University Administration and Faculty Association respect the choice made by faculty members and librarians regarding their preferred form of representation. Both the Administration and the Association are committed to maintaining the positive working relationship we have enjoyed. 

Jonathan Driver 
Vice-President, Academic, Simon Fraser University 

Neil Abramson 
President, Faculty Association of SFU 

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