Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CUPE 3903 Members: all about Strike Pay

Strike Pay FAQ

Q. How do I get strike pay?
A. 1. Make sure you are signed up for strike duty, which includes:
i) picketing
ii) alternate duties
iii) coordinating strike duties
2. Sign-in and out of strike duties with a picket captain (at a picketing location) or at
the strike head quarters.

Q. Who is eligible for strike pay?
A. You are eligible for strike pay if you have a current contract with the university and have withdrawn your labour during the strike.

Q. How much is strike Pay?
A. Members will be paid for a maximum of 20 hours per week (4 hours of picketing 5 days a week). Each member will receive $200/wk for maximum picket duty.

Q. What if I Picket for less than 20 hours?
A. Members can picket for a minimum of 4 hours a week. The pay for one shift of picketing is $40.

Q. How often do we get paid?
A. The strike pay week is from Monday to Friday. Pay for picketing in a given week will be ready for pick-up on the following Friday.

Q. How do I get my cheques?
A. Cheques will be delivered to your picket line on the following Friday of your pay week at each shift. Cheques left over will be delivered on the Monday and Tuesday following that Friday. After that, cheques will be available at the strike head quarters.
For those who are on alternate duties, cheques can be picked up at the strike head quarters located just east of the York campus at: 635 Petrolia Rd, Toronto On, M3J 2X8

Q. What if I can’t come to the office to pick up my cheque?
A. Under serious circumstances where members will not be able to pick up cheque(s) in person we will mail them out. Please email your address/contact details to: Strikepay3903@gmail.com

Q. Does Strike pay work the same for members who are doing alternate duties?
A. Yes, all of the pay details above are the same.

3903 Members: Sign-up for picket duty!

CAN'T come to picket on the lines? Click here.

CUPE 3903 strike pickets at York U

If you haven't already signed up, there's no time like the present!

Missing York? Coming to the picket lines is a real balm for the anxious, frustrated and disconnected soul. Each location has swiftly developed its own culture of expression and mutual support - from home cooked food to live jam sessions and everything in between.

Updates and backgrounders on the strike and its implications are now delivered to the line everyday, and drivers and passers-by are engaging AND understanding us more and more on the principles of our stand. We're connecting with the community and ourselves. It feels great!

Come and be counted! See the links below for your department and gate.
come to the lines? Click here.

p.s. don't forget to sign-in at your pickets so you'll get your strike pay!

Founders Road



Critical Disability Studies

York Boulevard





Pond Road


Fine Arts



Sentinel Road

Political Science


Art History


Chimney Stack Road

Social Work

Women’s studies


Shoreham Drive




Northwest Gate



Glendon Campus


Strike Duty Alternatives & Hardship

CAN'T Picket on the York Lines?

Alternative Strike Duty is available for members who face physical/medical /legal/familial circumstances that prevent them from standing on a picket line. As systems get set up at HQ, tasks and projects are becoming apparent for those on Alt-Duties. Please bear with us in getting you connected. Your strike pay will not be affected by these delays. :>

To sign up for alternative duties contact alternativeduty.3903@gmail.com.

Hardship Funds
If you're already feeling the pinch from the strike, CUPE 3903 has a fund (grants and temporary relief loans) to help members in emergencies. The committee met this week to finalize the hardship fund guidelines and protocol. Stay tuned!

In the meantime please contact cupe3903strikebenefits@gmail.com or call Strike HQ at Tel: 416-661-3394 with any urgent concerns or questions.

3903 Remembers with Solidarity and Pride

We Remember with Solidarity and Pride!

To Members of the Public and the York University Community:

Today, the striking members of CUPE 3903 remember the sacrifices made by soldiers across the world in the name of peace. The freedoms we enjoy today, including the freedom of association and free unions have evolved in part because of such struggles.

The right to be associated in a union, the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike are also the result of struggles of workers, including workers in times of war. In the later part of the Second World War, including in Ontario, there were waves of strikes across North America for better pay, better working conditions, and union recognition.

This Remembrance Day, we the educational workers at York University are on the picket line as we continue this proud tradition of fighting for the recognition of the wealth and value working people create in our workplaces. We ask for your support in our struggle for job security, health benefits and fair compensation for our work. We ask for your patience as we peacefully exercise our legal right to strike and picket. With you, we remember and honour both the workers who fought for peace and also those workers who fought for our freedom to combine in unions.

For peace and a fair contract! In Solidarity
CUPE 3903 Contract Faculty, Teaching and Graduate Assistants

We Remember... by Ralph Chaplin

Red November/Black November (1916)
red november, black november, bleak november, black & red;
Hallowed month of labor's martyrs, labor's heroes, labor's dead.
Labor's hope and wrath and sorrow, red the promise, black the threat.
Who are we to not remember? Who are we to dare forget?

red & black the colors blended, black & red the promise made,
red until the fight is ended, black until the debt is paid.
August Spies and Albert Parsons, with Joe Hill and all the rest.
Who are we to not remember? Who are we to dare forget?

black the flag and black the mask, red the hearts that beat as one.
Spur us to this better task like rays of light from autumn's sun.
red november, black november. red the promise, black the threat.
Who are we to not remember? Who are we to dare forget?

Mourn Not The Dead (1922)
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie
But rather mourn the apathetic throng
The cowed and the meek
Who see the world's great anguish and its wrong
And dare not speak.

by Ralph Chaplin (1887-1961)
Labour activist, poet and songwriter of Solidarity Forever.

CUPE 3903 Strike! FAQ