As individual workers, we have very little power to defend ourselves in our workplaces. Employers can ignore us, blame us, or even fire us if we speak out. Trade union organisation enables workers to fight for respect, fairness and dignity in our workplaces without fear of persecution or unfair dismissal by employers. How do unions do it? Union representation means in part having competent representatives to support you. Our representatives help to ensure that the rules are respected in a fair and uniform manner in all departments – that the employer respects the law and the collective agreement. Union staff represent you in all work situations if you need or need it. While every effort is made to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the documents presented here, readers should remember that these are not the 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 do not have acrobat reader, please download it by clicking here. On April 21, 2016, TSSU obtained the final result of arbitration on an 18-month dispute with employer Simon Fraser University, this new collective agreement is valid until April 30, 2019. Massive tuition fee increases and the recent return of PSP bonuses show, as Simon Fraser sees, international students: as a source of funding.
International students are profitable for the university, but also disposable – they could return voluntarily or by force to their home country; they may not be as involved in the local university community as national students; and perhaps most likely that they have no more money. The collective bargaining power of a union allows it to promote better protection for international students in a large number of contexts and, if necessary, to mobilize an entire field of workers in solidarity. As members of a union, we gain collective power to put pressure on the university and support you. The bonds we share as individual members create an expanded support network. You use the work experience, life experience, and knowledge of a large group of people that you wouldn`t otherwise have access to. A group of people with a common message, go to university, government and the general public to defend yourself politically (from employment issues to departmental funding issues). If you are a Teaching Assistant (TA), Tutor Marker (TM), Research Assistant (RA), Session Instructor, Student Learning Facilitator or English Language and Culture Instructor or Interpreter and Translation Program Instructor, you are protected by the SFU-Teaching Support Staff Union Collective Agreement (CA) . .