SFU-TSSU Labour Update: TSSU and University to Head Back to Bargaining Table

September 05, 2015

Following discussions earlier this week, the University and TSSU have agreed to go back to the bargaining table at noon on Tuesday September 8. Mediator Vince Ready will join the process on Friday, September 11 and may continue to mediate throughout the weekend.

The University is committed to a mutually negotiated agreement and believes such an agreement will only take place with both parties at the bargaining table. The University is also committed to protecting the interests and experience of SFU students. We will do all we can to minimize disruption and impact on SFU students.

At this time we expect some disruption to the first day of classes. The TSSU has announced that it intends to picket around SFU’s Applied Sciences Building on Burnaby campus on the morning of Tuesday, September 8. They will not be picketing any SFU buildings on Wednesday, September 9 as previously announced and will not picket on Thursday, September 10 or Friday, September 11. 

As a result of this job action, all activities scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning (from 7:30 AM – noon) in the Applied Sciences Building will likely be significantly impacted. All other classes and activities in other locations on all campuses are expected to proceed as usual.

The university regrets that the TSSU is continuing its plan to picket Tuesday morning notwithstanding agreement of the parties to return to the bargaining table Tuesday afternoon

The University will continue to provide regular updates on negotiations and related developments around job action including its impact on classes and campus activities as we have the information. Updates which directly impact students will be posted both on our labour update website and through our social channels.

In the meantime, our bargaining committee will work hard to attain an agreement with the TSSU which maintains a student learning experience centered around innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach as well as ensures a fair, respectful and sustainable workplace for faculty and staff.

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.