A Fair Deal for CUPE 4600

CUPE 4600 is currently engaged in bargaining with Carleton University. The Collective Agreements representing Contract Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Research Assistants expired at the end of the summer, and we are negotiating a new deal for members.

We are asking CUPE 4600 members to sign on to this open letter, calling on Carleton to offer a fair deal for you and your colleagues.

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Strike Pay

The strike deadline for both units is coming up soon (Monday, March 27th, 2023).

In order to ensure everyone is signed up for strike pay and picketing shifts, we would encourage you to sign up for both now, so that no one is left scrambling at the strike deadline.

Here is our FAQ about strike pay, and how it works.

There are two forms to fill out for strike pay and picketing shifts

1) The first form goes to CUPE National. It is your Strike Pay registration form.

2) The second form goes to CUPE 4600. It contains the registration for online picket pay payments, as well as picketing shifts signups.

Both of these forms have been emailed to the membership. You can find them in your inbox, and in the latest CUPE 4600 Digest. If you are having difficulties finding the forms, please email info@cupe4600.ca

Members who are unable to participate in the pickets but are still planning on taking part in the strike can fill out our accommodations forms to request alternative strike duties. Reasons for not participating in picket lines can be related to accessibility/disability, as well as for a number of other reasons (such as our numerous members who do not live in Ottawa). The accommodations forms was emailed to all members, and can be found in the latest CUPE 4600 digest. If you are having difficulties finding the form, please email info@cupe4600.ca

Strike Vote Results

Votes have been counted, then re-counted, and then counted again. Both Units of CUPE 4600 have given strong strike mandates to their bargaining teams. Unit 1 (Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants) have voted 93% in favour of giving their bargaining team a strike mandate. Unit 2 (Contract Instructors) have voted 95% in favour of giving their bargaining team a strike mandate. These are strong mandates, and important leverage for the ongoing bargaining round.

What does this mean for the union? Are we going on strike now? Will negotiations with the employer continue? 

We are not currently on strike, but we are now one step closer to having a strike as a legal option. Our negotiations at the bargaining table are continuing for now. Both teams have now met with their appointed conciliator. 

We see your hard work!

We appreciate all of our volunteers, everyone who worked a shift at the voting booths, everyone who put up posters, encouraged their coworkers to vote, and helped make this strike vote as successful as it was.

Downloadable Resources

Below are some resources that we have made available for download. Please feel free to print and distribute these, hang them up in your office, or share them with your coworkers.

New resources will continue to be added here as they become available.

The bargaining process, and glossary of terms

CUPE 4600 newsletter  (First issue)

Strike FAQ

Contract Instructor auto-response template

Context about why we are headed for job action

Strike pay FAQ