During a strike it is key to withdraw our labour from York University in order to motivate the employer to bargain and offer a fair deal.
- Waiting out the strike with minimal strike pay (like others in the same situation);
- Returning home; or
- Finding another position where there are identified shortages in the labour market and proceeding with the normal work permit application process.
For more information please see the Canadian Government website.
Pay & Benefits
YUSA Strike Pay has been set at $500 a week for 20 hours of strike duty. Strike duty can be completed in five 4-hour shifts per week.
The amount paid will be non-taxable. To be eligible, members will have to participate in strike duty which will primarily be picket duty. Those members seeking accommodation will be able to partake in modified strike duties. Pro-rated strike pay will be available for those who work reduced strike duty hours.
Mortgage Relief: YUSA will write a letter that members can take to their banks and negotiate an interest-free loan or mortgage payment deferrals.
Remediation: Other unions on campus have commonly received retroactive reimbursement for any loss to their salaries during a strike, and YUSA would also be requesting this from the employer.
Negotiations & Voting Process
Job Evaluation: The Employer is proposing to entirely dismantle the Joint Job Evaluation system and replace it with a unilateral employer run system.
Benefits: Taking away the ability of YUSA to challenge improper denials of your benefits claims.
Interns: Allowing unlimited numbers of non-unionized interns to perform YUSA work.
3 days and you’re fired: If you are absent for 3 days without providing a reason acceptable to the university your employment can be immediately terminated.