Utm Collective Agreement
An interim agreement has been reached for the main bargaining unit – full-time and part-time members of St. George, UTM and UTSC. In order for the provisional agreement to be adopted by the members, they must ratify it by a vote. While CUPE National advises us to order food at events to promote membership participation and friendliness, we are not allowed to distribute gifts to members who use union fees. The main objective of union tariffs is to advance our union work: to improve our working conditions and our lives and to ensure that the employer respects our rights in the workplace. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and workers. Three meetings will be held online and members will be able to participate in one of them. Meetings take place: 12pm-2PM, 17PM-7PM, and 10PM-12AM. Anyone attending a meeting will then receive a link to vote online in support of the interim agreement. The agreement is in effect until June 30, 2021, after which we will resume negotiations on a new collective agreement. There are unions that actively represent workers and have fought for strong tariffs in the past. It`s cupe. Then there are the unions that sign 10-year agreements and agree on employer-friendly provisions, while leaving workers in the mud.
The clean-up officers at the St. George campus deserve strong union protection and compliance with the minimum requirement of a union does not mean that workers are represented for or appropriately. We ask the university to show us its collective agreement and we can see for ourselves what kind of provisions they have. U of T made the decision to hire contract workers. But they also had the choice to hire CUPE 3261 concierge. Covid-19 was announced as a pandemic in early March 2020 and the university had enough time to hire additional janitors in preparation for the reopening in September. Instead, they terminated cupE`s temporary employee contracts and moved 18 buildings from permanent janitors. In the event of company-related changes, U of T has the option to hire “Term” CUPE 3261 people who can work for up to two years and have most of the same protections as their permanent colleagues. They may also hire “temporary” workers for up to 120 days, who, while excluded from many of the benefits of the collective agreement, still have decent wages, strong union representation and a penchant for hiring.