Ryerson has a strong history of collaborative collective bargaining and positive working relationships. We are committed problem solvers who successfully negotiate collective agreements with all campus unions, which involve incremental changes that meet the needs of all parties. There are differences between the three agreements – for example, group 3 members are entitled to the same type of health care as other members, but are not reimbursed in the same way. There are many other differences – pay rates, summer work guarantees, available financing, etc. For more details, see the collective agreements (the links above). Unit 3`s collective agreement expired on August 31, 2019. Exceptions to the unity of collective agreements see section 12.01 of the collective agreement. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and workers. To ensure representation, our executive committee, our negotiating team and some committees must elect members of each unit. The vote on whether we are prepared to strike, who will join our negotiating team and whether we are prepared to accept and ratify a treaty during collective bargaining, is still being done as a unit. Although CUPE 3903 is a single union on site, we have three separate collective agreements. Each contains what is called an application clause – it defines the employees who are covered by each agreement.
Two basic principles determine how our collective agreements divide us into units: the type of work for which we are bound by contract and our student status (if any) at the time of contract conclusion. A worker is always in one unit at a time, but since it is customary for the type of work and student status to change from year to year, it is possible that someone will change units over time. Below are the effective application clauses of any collective agreement, but in general: A collective agreement is a legally binding working document that describes all your benefits (including salaries), rights and obligations as McMaster employees.