March 9, 2021

The SFSS is denouncing the Simon Fraser University for delaying the bargaining process for the unionization of Research Assistants since November of 2019.

We demand that SFU Admin immediately:

  1. Recognize all RAs as workers, including those whose work overlaps with their studies;
  2. Provide healthcare and dental benefits for all RAs, including group MSP enrollment for the International Student Health Fee;
  3. Reimburse the International Student Health Fee for all RAs, backdated to September 1, 2020, to provide immediate relief;
  4. Begin bargaining with TSSU for a first collective agreement for RAs.

Sign this petition to demand that SFU immediately cover RA benefits and stop their delays: https://www.researchiswork.tssu.ca/2021-update/

Background

On November 15, 2019, SFU and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement of Voluntary Recognition (“Agreement”) recognizing TSSU as the union for RAs but up till now, SFU has been delaying the process. The SFSS is calling on SFU to honour the agreement and start the bargaining process with TSSU.

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