Sfu Tssu Collective Agreement
As individual workers, we have very little power to defend ourselves in our workplaces. Employers can ignore us, blame us or even fire us because they are speaking out. Union training allows workers to fight for respect, fairness and dignity in our workplaces without fear of unjustified lawsuits or dismissals by employers. How do unions do it? For the Union, part of it means having competent representatives who support you. Our representatives help ensure that the rules are respected fairly and consistently between departments – that they respect laws and collective agreements. Union employees work to represent you in any work situation, if you wish or need it. Certified in 1978, the Teachers` Support Union has accumulated an impressive series of victories, generating considerable benefits for all our members. These gains were only possible through the collective action of TSSU members and may be available to us today. While every effort is made to ensure consistency and accuracy of the documents presented here, readers should remember that these are not official documents.
Pages may differ from the official version of the collective agreement. To view the collective agreement in PDF format, you must use Acrobat Reader. If you don`t have Acrobat Reader, please download it by clicking here. A collective agreement is a mandatory legal contract between employers and unionized workers. The Union acts on behalf of all its members in the bargaining unit and the BOARD covers the terms of employment. A certification body forms the rules of our relationship with the employer. The current TSSU collective agreement can be find here. While ATTs, teachers and session instructors – among other SFU employees – enjoy working conditions clearly defined by their certification bodies, ARs are too often left in the dark. RA`s work at the SFU is murky and when we talk about confusion and exaxation with our RAs colleagues, we often notice it. We hear that the ARs do not know what is expected of them, what their hours should be, even if they are paid by the hour. This lack of transparency has led to ongoing problems, misunderstandings and ill-treatment. RAs should have the right to negotiate for legally binding contracts that clearly open up their obligations and expectations, those of their superiors (supervisors) and the employer (SFU).
In the past, access to collective bargaining has increased the wages and benefits of trade unionists. Currently, many of us work as second, third or even fourth jobs to cover our expenses; each additional position reduces its time at the SFU and its ability to stay in touch with the search.