Labour Update Archives

November 27, 2012

The University is fully operational today on all campuses

TSSU Update

On November 21st SFU and TSSU reached a tentative agreement that, pending approval by TSSU membership, will end the current job action. The agreement includes a commitment to get grades submitted by November 28th. 

CUPE Update 

This week CUPE is continuing to hold “study sessions” during which CUPE members, with little or no prior notice, vacate their assigned duties for part of a work day. Study sessions are considered part of legal job action, but do not include picketing. 

The University is committed to reaching an agreement with CUPE. At the last mediation session, the University tabled an offer that CUPE is currently considering. 

Transportation Update

Bus services to/from SFU Burnaby are running their regular route and schedule.

November 21, 2012

Labour Action Update

During any picketing activities, the University will remain open; however, some operations, scheduled classes and exams may be affected.

TSSU has announced the following actions for the week of November 19 - 23:

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012  - An “electronic picket line” has been announced.  While specific details are not available, this likely means that TSSU members will not return email or facilitate online course activities on this date. 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2012  -  Picketing on the Burnaby campus will take place. There are no specific details available at this point.

CUPE has announced “study sessions” this week in which CUPE members will vacate their assigned duties for a few minutes, a few hours or the rest of the work day.  They could include some or all members in a work area.  There is no current information about when this job action might commence.  Study sessions are considered part of legal job action, but will not include picketing. 

Negotiations Continue

SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible.  The University will be holding talks with TSSU on November 19th and 20th.  We are currently waiting for a reply from CUPE on how and when they wish to proceed.

November 20, 2012

The University is fully operational today on all campuses

Labour Action Update

During any picketing activities, the University will remain open; however, some operations, scheduled classes and exams may be affected.

TSSU has announced the following actions for the week of November 19 - 23:

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2012 – TSSU has announced plans to picket Robert C Brown building from 745 am - 1230 pm. CUPE has stated that their members working in Robert C Brown building will join the picket. Students should check the classes cancelled website to determine if classes are cancelled, although not all classes affected will likely be posted.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012  - An “electronic picket line” has been announced.  While specific details are not available, this likely means that TSSU members will not return email or facilitate online course activities on this date. 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2012  -  Picketing on the Burnaby campus will take place. There are no specific details available at this point.

CUPE has announced “study sessions” this week in which CUPE members will vacate their assigned duties for a few minutes, a few hours or the rest of the work day.  They could include some or all members in a work area.  There is no current information about when this job action might commence.  Study sessions are considered part of legal job action, but will not include picketing. 

Negotiations Continue

SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible.  The University will be holding talks with TSSU on November 19th and 20th.  We are currently waiting for a reply from CUPE on how and when they wish to proceed.

Transportation Update

Bus services to/from SFU Burnaby are running their regular route and schedule.

November 19, 2012

The University is fully operational today on all campuses.

Picketing Update

TSSU has announced that a silent protest will be held in front of Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus November 19th at 8:45am. This is not a picket line. We do not expect that classes or university operations will be affected.

Negotiations Continue

SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible.  The University will be holding talks with TSSU on November 19th and 20th.  We are currently waiting for a reply from CUPE on how and when they wish to proceed.

Transportation Update

Bus services to/from SFU Burnaby are running their regular route and schedule.

November 15, 2012

THE UNIVERSITY IS FULLY OPERATIONAL TODAY ON ALL CAMPUSES

Labour Action Update

TSSU is planning an Information Rally in the Convocation Mall at 11:30am today.  This is not a picket line and the University does not expect any service or class disruptions.

Negotiations Continue

SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible.  Over the last week, the University has been in extensive negotiation sessions, mediated by Vince Ready, with both CUPE and TSSU.  Regrettably Vince Ready was not available this week, however, the University remains committed to meet with both CUPE and TSSU, with or without the services of a mediator. We are currently waiting for replies from both TSSU and CUPE on how and when they wish to proceed.

Transportation Update

Bus services to/from SFU Burnaby are running their regular route and schedule.

November 8, 2012

The University is fully operational today on all campuses.

Negotiations Continue

SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible.  The University has been in active negotiations with both CUPE and TSSU. Mediator Vince Ready has facilitated these sessions since last Saturday. Further talks will take place as soon as date and times for all parties can be determined. 

Transportation Update

Bus services to/from SFU Burnaby have returned to their regular route and schedule.

Picketing Update

We are not aware of any further planned picketing on SFU campuses. We will provide details on any further service or class disruptions here.

During any picketing activities, the University will remain open; however, some operations, scheduled classes and exams may be affected.

November 7, 2012

Mediation Continues Tonight

SFU is in active negotiations with both CUPE and TSSU this evening with mediator Vince Ready. At this point we are not aware of any planned picket activity beyond midnight November 7th at the Burnaby campus and 10:30 pm at the Surrey and Vancouver campuses. As soon as we have any other information we will provides through this website and social media.

Transportation Update - November 7

Buses

Buses have altered their route on and off campus and are only using University Drive. There are two stops and pick up locations on the north side of campus: University Drive at the entrance to “C” lot and University Drive north of the Transportation Centre Bus Loop.

Driving

If you are driving on to campus avoid Gaglardi north of the intersection. Instead use University Drive East and enter campus either via Tower Road (it goes to B lot) or the University High Street at the roundabout. Use this route to access B. E, and C lots. If you wish to use the parkade continue around campus on University Drive East.

Pickets Blocking Access on Burnaby Campus

Currently pickets are blocking access at several points on campus.

  1. Nelson Way at University Drive East (Access to Discovery Park)
  2. South Campus Road at Tower Road
  3. University High Street at University Drive East (adjacent to “C” lot east)
  4. Arts Road at University Drive East (adjacent to “C” lot west)
  5. West Mall Complex Parkade
  6. Convocation Mall Parkade off Gaglardi Way
  7. VN lot at University Drive West (the old Shell lot)
  8. West Campus Road at University Drive West (access to Student Residence)

To avoid these blockades please park in the Visitor Parkade. We are not enforcing parking regulations today.

Transportation on to the Burnaby campus by bus or car may be challenging today. Please be careful when walking or driving on campus.  For information on cancelled classes and missed exams, click here.

Picketing Update

CUPE and TSSU pickets are in place on all SFU campuses today until midnight.  During any picketing activities, the University will remain open; however, some operations, scheduled classes and exams may be affected.  For information on cancelled classes and missed exams, click here.

November 6, 2012

NOVEMBER 7

  • CUPE and TSSU have announced there will be a full withdrawal of services AT ALL SFU CAMPUSES on Wednesday November 7th.

The following message was distributed to all SFU students:

To all Students:

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Teaching and Support Staff Union (TSSU) at SFU are in a legal strike position. SFU is committed to reaching a fair settlement that ends the current labour situation as soon as possible. To that end, the University was in negotiations with both CUPE and TSSU all weekend. Negotiations continued yesterday and today with TSSU. We are also seeking to resume talks with CUPE as soon as possible and are actively attempting to schedule sessions with the mediator.

We know that the job action has been inconvenient to all members of the University community, and that students have been particularly affected. We have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions for students on the Labour Update website and encourage you to visit the site for up-to-date information.

While we are actively seeking a resolution at the bargaining table, we also know that both unions plan to picket extensively on all three campuses tomorrow, November 7, 2012. Picketing is scheduled to take place at the following times.

  • On the Burnaby campus from midnight Tuesday until midnight Wednesday
  • On the Vancouver campus from 7:30am until 10:30pm.
  • On the Surrey campus from 7:30am until 10:30pm.

While the University is striving to maintain services on all campuses, there will be disruptions. 

Transportation 
Bus and vehicle access to the Burnaby campus will probably be significantly slowed by picket activities.
It is unclear how close to campus the buses will be able to bring passengers. You should be prepared to walk onto campus. Please exercise caution and keep to sidewalks where possible.

Classes, Tutorials and Labs
Although the University is making every effort to maintain its normal schedule of classes, tutorial and labs, many of these may be affected by this job action. Where the University has been able to identify in advance that a lab, tutorial or class will be cancelled, the cancellation will be posted on the Classes Cancelled website at: http://students.sfu.ca/classes-cancelled.html

However, it should be noted that many cancellations may not be known until they occur. You may wish to check with your instructor to determine whether a course, lab, or tutorial will take place as scheduled.

Missed Exams
Students, as a matter of conscience, may refuse to cross a picket line.

Students who choose not to cross the picket line and miss a scheduled exam as a result must do two things if they wish for alternate arrangements to be made:

  1. They are responsible for letting the instructor know directly and immediately; AND,
  2. They must make a declaration to the University by completing and submitting the online form within 96 hours after the scheduled time of the exam.

November 5, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:  This morning TSSU pickets are in place at several entrances to Saywell Hall and Blusson Hall. More information will be made available as it becomes known.

As this will lead to class cancellations, the University will do everything we can to post class cancellations where they are known in advance.

Sporadic picketing by TSSU could continue into Tuesday.  TSSU members will also join CUPE in a full withdrawal of services at all three campuses next Wednesday November 7th as outlined below. CUPE members are  likely to respect TSSU pickets.

We do not anticipate that these actions will impact transit operations at any campus.

Negotiation Update

SFU was in mediation with CUPE and TSSU throughout the weekend. Discussions with TSSU continue today. Updates will be posted here as soon as they are known.

NOVEMBER 7

  • CUPE and TSSU have announced there will be a full withdrawal of services AT ALL SFU CAMPUSES on Wednesday November 7th.

All of the picket activity at SFU during this labour action has been peaceful and respectful. The University respects the right of individuals, as a matter of conscience, to refuse to cross a picket line in a labour dispute. The decision to cross a picket line is a personal decision.

Picketers are legally permitted to carry signs and distribute information for the purposes of communicating the nature of their dispute, and to ask anyone to honour their picket line.

If you choose to cross the picket line proceed carefully and do not rush. Do not cross the line more often than necessary. You may be asked to identify yourself. If asked, please identify why you are accessing the University (e.g., as a student to attend class or study in the library, as a faculty member conducting research or teaching, or as a staff member going to work).

If you have any questions please contact the Labour Update Information Centre or complete  the Strike Incident Report Form.

November 4, 2012

November 4

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services at Harbour Centre on November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Picketing will occur at the Hastings Street entrance AND inside the Harbour Centre complex near the bookstore.
  • CUPE will also picket the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on the Vancouver campus on November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Pickets will be at the Cordova Street Entrance and the Hastings Street Entrance

NOVEMBER 7

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services AT ALL SFU CAMPUSES on Wednesday November 7th.

All of the picket activity at SFU during this labour action has been peaceful and respectful. The University respects the right of individuals, as a matter of conscience, to refuse to cross a picket line in a labour dispute. The decision to cross a picket line is a personal decision.

Picketers are legally permitted to carry signs and distribute information for the purposes of communicating the nature of their dispute, and to ask anyone to honour their picket line.

If you choose to cross the picket line proceed carefully and do not rush. Do not cross the line more often than necessary. You may be asked to identify yourself. If asked, please identify why you are accessing the University (e.g., as a student to attend class or study in the library, as a faculty member conducting research or teaching, or as a staff member going to work).

If you have any questions please contact the Labour Update Information Centre or complete  the Strike Incident Report Form.

November 3, 2012

NOVEMBER 3 & November 4

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services at Harbour Centre on November 3rd and November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Picketing will occur at the Hastings Street entrance AND inside the Harbour Centre complex near the bookstore.
  • CUPE will also picket the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on the Vancouver campus on November 3rd and November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Pickets will be at the Cordova Street Entrance and the Hastings Street Entrance

NOVEMBER 7

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services AT ALL SFU CAMPUSES on Wednesday November 7th.

All of the picket activity at SFU during this labour action has been peaceful and respectful. The University respects the right of individuals, as a matter of conscience, to refuse to cross a picket line in a labour dispute. The decision to cross a picket line is a personal decision.

Picketers are legally permitted to carry signs and distribute information for the purposes of communicating the nature of their dispute, and to ask anyone to honour their picket line.

If you choose to cross the picket line proceed carefully and do not rush. Do not cross the line more often than necessary. You may be asked to identify yourself. If asked, please identify why you are accessing the University (e.g., as a student to attend class or study in the library, as a faculty member conducting research or teaching, or as a staff member going to work).

If you have any questions please contact the Labour Update Information Centre or complete  the Strike Incident Report Form.

November 2, 2012

NOVEMBER 3 & November 4

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services at Harbour Centre on November 3rd and November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Picketing will occur at the Hastings Street entrance AND inside the Harbour Centre complex near the bookstore.
  • CUPE will also picket the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on the Vancouver campus on November 3rd and November 4th between 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Pickets will be at the Cordova Street Entrance and the Hastings Street Entrance

NOVEMBER 7

  • CUPE has announced there will be a full withdrawal of services AT ALL SFU CAMPUSES on Wednesday November 7th.

Burnaby Campus - November 2

Student Services

Student Services will continue to operate according to the normal schedule. However, there will likely be reduced staffing levels and some service delays.

Library Services

The library will continue to operate according to the normal schedule. However, there will likely be reduced staffing levels and some service delays.

Food Services

It is anticipated that the following food service outlets will be operational:

  • MacKenzie Café , including Subway
  • Renaissance locations on campus
  • Tim Hortons in the West Mall Complex
  • White Spot in the AQ open until noon
  • The Dining Hall near Student Residence

Also, UniverCity merchants will continue to operate on normal hours.

We will provide updates on food services in the Maggie Benston Centre as they become available.  

Bookstore

The Bookstore at the Burnaby campus will be open on Friday, November 2nd  from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Bus Service

We understand that bus service to campus will not be impacted.

Childcare

SFU Childcare anticipates being open as usual. However, in the event that a picket line is set up at the entrance to SFU, staffing levels may be impacted and the Childcare Centre may not be able to fully staff their programs. Please refer to the SFU Childcare website at www.sfuchildcare.ca for more information.

On Campus Events

At this point we are not aware that any special events planned for the Burnaby campus on November 2nd will be cancelled. Watch this space for further updates. 

Surrey Campus - November 2

At this point all administrative services are set to continue operating according to the normal schedule with library service exceptions noted below.

Library Services

Library services available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on November 2nd include:

  • Access to library study spaces, collections, public computers and printers;
  • Access to online services (online reference, renewals, etc.) and resources (databases, ebooks, ejournals, etc.) via the -Library website;
  • Self check-out of library material; and,
  • Circulation services

The following services will only be available from 4:30 to 6:00 pm:

  • Check out of equipment
  • Library research and reference help
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Telebook (delivery by mail of library materials to eligible students)
  • Inter-campus transfer of books and journal articles
  • Media booking

Food Services

As food services on the Surrey campus are provided by private off campus vendors there will be no interruptions.

Bus Service

Given the location of the campus, transit services will not be impacted.

Health and Counselling Services

Health and Counselling Services will be open during regular hours,  9:00 – 4:30, however there will be impacts to service levels, including:

  • Non-urgent clients without an appointment will not be seen. They will be directed to a nearby walk-in clinic or invited to book an appointment the next day.
  • Staff will provide triage and information services at the front entrance;
  • The Health Clinic will see  clients with pre-booked appointments and will attend to walk in emergencies;
  • Pre-booked allergy clients will be seen;
  • Workplace injuries will be responded to; 
  • All travel clinic appointments will be cancelled;
  • physiotherapy appointments will proceed as scheduled;
  • Counselling Services will continue for those with pre-booked appointments and will respond to clients in  crisis only. Non-urgent clients will be informed that staff will get back to them about making an appointment.

Special Events on Campus

At this point we are not aware that any special events planned for the Surrey campus on November 2nd  will be cancelled. Watch this space for further updates. 

November 1, 2012

  • CUPE has announced the full withdrawal of services and picketing on the Burnaby campus will continue on Friday November 2nd between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.   
  • CUPE has announced that there will also be a full withdrawal of services on the Surrey campus on Friday November 2nd between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All of the picket activity at SFU during this labour action has been peaceful and respectful. The University respects the right of individuals, as a matter of conscience, to refuse to cross a picket line in a labour dispute. The decision to cross a picket line is a personal decision.

Picketers are legally permitted to carry signs and distribute information for the purposes of communicating the nature of their dispute, and to ask anyone to honour their picket line.

If you choose to cross the picket line proceed carefully and do not rush. Do not cross the line more often than necessary. You may be asked to identify yourself. If asked, please identify why you are accessing the University (e.g., as a student to attend class or study in the library, as a faculty member conducting research or teaching, or as a staff member going to work).

If you have any questions please contact the Labour Update Information Centre or complete  the Strike Incident Report Form.

As of 11:30 November 1, the following food service outlets are operational:

  • MacKenzie Café , including Subway
  • Renaissance locations on campus, although the Applied Science location will be closed early
  • Tim Hortons in the West Mall Complex
  • White Spot in the AQ
  • The Dining Hall near Student Residence

Also, UniverCity merchants continue to operate on normal hours. .

In the Maggie Benston Centre - Bubble World, MiniMart and Veggie Lunch are open. The other food services location are currently closed.

October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 9:00am

CUPE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE A FULL WITHDRAWAL OF SERVICES AT THE BURNABY CAMPUS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, BETWEEN 8AM AND 4PM. 

The University will remain open, however some operations and scheduled classes may be impacted.

Any students with classes scheduled for that time should check the classes cancelled website to determine if your classes are listed as cancelled. If your class is not mentioned on the site you should check with your instructor to determine if the class will be held.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 29, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 5:00pm

The following is a Message from
Dr. Jon Driver, the Vice-President Academic, regarding
the Teaching and Support Staff Union Job Action

The University has been involved in bargaining with TSSU for more than two years. Our intention is to seek agreement on changes to the collective agreement (both language and monetary items) that are fair to TSSU members in a range of employment categories, that are consistent with the mandate imposed by the Province, and that provide department chairs and individual faculty members with the ability to make decisions about hiring, assignment of work and supervision of TSSU members that are flexible and do not add unduly to the workload of chairs, faculty members and departmental staff. The existing collective agreement with TSSU by and large provides a favourable set of terms and conditions for its members. On October 23rd the University tabled another proposal on language items, to which there was no response from the Union other than shutting down talks again. The University has never walked away from a negotiation or mediation during the bargaining process, and has modified its proposals in response to TSSU proposals. It remains the wish of the University to seek resolution at the bargaining table and the University is ready to resume discussions with the Union as soon as it indicates a willingness to do so. We also remain open to mediation.

Currently TSSU members have been instructed by the Union to withhold grades from students and the University as a form of job action. The University recognizes their right to do this, and has instructed supervisors of TSSU members not to pressure them to provide grades. Regrettably, the main impact of this job action is on students and faculty members. It detracts from the educational experience and creates uncertainty and anxiety, which is why the University would like to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement with the TSSU. 

While this job action continues, Departments, Schools and Faculties are encouraged to find ways to ensure that students' work is graded. For example, faculty members can grade work instead of TSSU members. 

As we move closer to the end of the semester, if this job action continues we will be issuing some general instructions about how final course grades are to be assigned when grades for some or all of the components of coursework have not been received. We will also be developing processes to help students who need their final grades for purposes such as graduation, visa renewal, application to graduate school, or financial assistance and scholarships.

Jon Driver, PhD, RPA
Vice-President, Academic and Provost

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All three campuses remain open. At this time we are not aware of any plans to picket.

However, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are in a legal position to strike and both unions have imposed overtime bans.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 24, 2012

Wednesday October 24, 2012 - 12:00pm

CUPE TO PICKET SFU SURREY CAMPUS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 25th

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CUPE will be fully withdrawing all of their members and picketing the SFU Surrey campus.  The University will remain open, however some operations and scheduled classes may be impacted.

Any students with classes scheduled for that time should check the classes cancelled website to determine if your classes are listed as cancelled. If your class is not mentioned on the site you should check with your instructor to determine if the class will be held.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 23, 2012

Tuesday October 23, 2012 -  5:00 p.m.

All three campuses remain open. At this time we are not aware of any plans to picket.

However, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are in a legal position to strike and both unions have imposed overtime bans.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 18, 2012

Thursday October 18, 2012 - 4:00pm

CUPE TO PICKET HARBOUR CENTRE AND GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

On Friday October 19, 2012 starting at 8:30 a.m. CUPE will be picketing two SFU Vancouver locations – Harbour Centre and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.  Any students with classes at either location should check the classes cancelled website. If your class is not mentioned there you should check with your instructor to determine if the class will be held.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources



Thursday October 18, 2012 - 12:00 p.m.

This morning posters have been placed on campus which purport to be official SFU communication regarding plans to minimize the impact of picket lines. The information in these posters is completely false.

SFU does not communicate through posters and this website will provide ongoing official updates.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 17, 2012

Wednesday October 17, 2012 4:00 p.m.   

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. However, all three campuses remain open and we are not aware of any plans to escalate job action.

Both unions have imposed overtime bans.

Talks between TSSU and the University took place over the weekend. At the suggestion of the mediator the next round of talks is scheduled for October 22nd and 24th

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and  through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 15, 2012

Monday October 15, 2012 11:00am

This morning signs have been placed on campus with instruction for crossing a picket line. These are NOT official documents as SFU does not communicate through posters and this website will provide ongoing official updates.

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. Both unions have imposed overtime bans. However, all three campuses remain open and we are not aware of any plans to escalate job action.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and  through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis
Executive Director, Human Resources

Monday October 15, 2012 9:00am

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. Both unions have imposed overtime bans. However, all three campuses remain open and we are not aware of any plans to escalate job action.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and  through Twitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012 5:00pm

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. However, all three campuses remain open.

On October 12, 2012, CUPE held a Special General Meeting at 12:30pm to address committee authorization and future job action updates. We are not aware of any plans to escalate job action.

As of today, TSSU has returned to the table and negotiations are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Additionally, both unions have imposed overtime bans.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and  throughTwitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources


October 12, 2012 10:00am

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. However,  all three campuses remain open.

This morning CUPE has indicated on their website that they will hold a Special General Meeting at 12:30 today to address committee authorization and future job action updates. We are not aware of any plans to escalate job action.

As of today, TSSU has returned to the table and negotiations are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Additionally, both unions have imposed overtime bans.

Any further updates will be posted here as soon as we are aware of any change in the status of job actions. We will also update members of the SFU community via email, our SFU Facebook page and  throughTwitter.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012 3:00 pm

SFU currently has two unions, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in a legal position to strike. 

Both unions have imposed overtime bans, however all three campuses remain open and we are not aware of any plans to picket the University at this time.

To keep members of the University informed on how to prepare for any escalation in job action we have posted a series of FAQs for students, faculty and staff under the general information section on this website.

If job action escalates, regular updates and additional information will be posted here and on our SFU Facebook page and made available through Twitter.

Dario Nonis 
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012 12:00 pm

SFU currently has two unions in a legal position to strike. The University remains open and is operating as normal.   

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) served SFU with strike notice which took effect on Oct. 1, 2012.  Job action currently takes the form of an overtime ban and does not affect classes at any of SFU's three campuses. 

SFU staff who are members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are in a legal position to strike as of Thursday Oct. 4, 2012.

CUPE picketed the main entrances to the Maggie Benston Centre and the Bennett Library, both on the Burnaby campus, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Picketing took the form of a silent protest and did not affect University operations or Convocation ceremonies.   

CUPE has also instituted an overtime ban. The University is monitoring this situation to allow us to maintain University operations as much as possible.  

If job action escalates, regular updates and additional information will be posted here and on our SFU Facebook page and made available through Twitter.

Dario Nonis
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 3, 2012

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) staff at SFU are in a legal position to strike effective noon on  Thursday Oct. 4, 2012. CUPE has signalled that it plans limited legal picketing on the afternoon of October 4th. However, the University will remain open and operate as normal. Students, faculty and staff are expected to attend work and classes as usual. 

CUPE has also indicated they will begin an initial overtime ban. 
 
The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has served SFU with strike notice which took effect on Oct. 1, 2012. 

Job action currently takes the form of an overtime ban and does not affect classes at any of SFU's three campuses. 

Regular updates will be posted here, and/or watch the SFU Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Dario Nonis
Executive Director, Human Resources

October 1, 2012

The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has served SFU with strike notice which took effect on  Oct. 1, 2012 .

Job action currently takes the form of an overtime ban and does not affect classes at any of SFU's three campuses.

As well, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) staff at SFU will be in a legal position to strike effective noon on  Oct. 4, 2012 .   

The university has not been informed of the location and scope of any planned job action.

Regular updates will be posted here, and/or watch the SFU Facebook page and Twitter feeds

Dario Nonis
Executive Director, Human Resources