Negotiations continue with union representing TAs

McMaster University remains focused on achieving a new collective agreement with Teaching Assistants (TAs).

The next bargaining date with CUPE Local 3906, Unit 1, which represents part-time TAs and Research Assistants in lieu, is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday November 18th . If these mediated talks are successful, there will not be any labour disruption.  If an agreement is not reached, the union will be in a strike position as early as November 21st at 12:01 am. Being in a position to strike does not mean that a strike will occur.

At this stage, we ask that our community plan for normal activities on Monday. Stay tuned to Daily News, the university’s main social media channels and Avenue to Learn for additional information and negotiation updates.

Recognizing that a potential TA labour disruption may pose challenges to our community, the university has started making contingency plans. Our priority continues to keep students and respect for all employees at the heart of decision making, and at the centre of all University plans.

McMaster is committed to bargaining in good faith, keeping negotiations at the bargaining table and achieving a renewed collective agreement. We value the work of all employees and approach negotiations with this as top of mind. We remain hopeful that a deal with TAs can be reached. McMaster has not had any labour disruptions since 2011. The last strike involving TAs was 2009.

In the event the union decides to strike, here are some key things to know:

  • In the event of a strike, campus will remain open.
  • Expect delays in your Monday commute. Plan ahead.
  • Most classes will continue as planned should the union decide to strike. Students will be notified by their instructors of any changes with as much advance notice as possible. Please check for course specific updates on Avenue to Learn.
  • All other services for students, including Academic Advising, Athletics, Libraries, and food services will be operating as normal.
  • Research laboratories will remain open and operating, as well as all graduate programs.
  • Health and wellness remain paramount. Faculty and staff who many need extra support can find resources here. The Student Wellness Centre will be open as per normal.
  • Respect one another. We are one community that values every member and seeks to find common ground and solutions.