We Are On Strike! (Week 2)

All work done by CUPE 3912 members should stop for the length of the strike. If you continue to work, you will not be paid.

Picketing Plan

October 24th-28th, 2022

Any member can join us, no prior signup required. Just show up, go to the tent to receive information, sign-in on the timesheets, pick up buttons and a sign, join the picket line, and sign-out when you leave to ensure you get strike pay.

Following Weeks


Sign Up for Strike Duties

Anyone can show up, the more the better, however we encourage people to sign up for the times you selected on the form.

Other Strike-Related Information

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Most answers to strike-related questions can be found in  the Strike FAQ. Please check the material in the posts and FAQs before emailing us to improve response times.
  • If you cannot find the answer to your questions here, please email one of the VPs or drop in at Strike HQ in the SUB (Boardroom B, second floor).
  • Our picketing schedule is Monday-Friday, but because our strike started on a Wednesday, the pay period for strike pay is Wednesday-Tuesday. This pay period is set by the CUPE National Strike Fund Regulations. 
    • In practical terms, this means that: 
      • The pay for the last week (Oct. 19-22) is not yet ready, because technically the pay period ends on Tuesday, Oct. 25. There is not yet pay for those who have taken on strike duties. 
      • The tentative pay date is every Friday, but we are not yet sure. The pay date will be clarified ASAP. Everyone’s efforts are appreciated, and we want everyone to be compensated for their time. We are trying to adapt to the situation as necessary.
Negotiations Update 
  • On the 24th October, 2022, Dal Admin sent us a notice of arbitration, which means they want a third party to decide on the wages we deserve. We believe arbitration is premature since it is only the first week of strike. However, we are always open to meet them at the bargaining table, if they decide to return.
  • The last set of negotiations took place on October 17 and 18, 2022, and the Dalhousie Administration walked away from the table. Their final offer was much lower than what our surveys showed that our membership would accept. They also refused to offer a four year agreement as is standard for academic collective agreements.
  • These are the increases the Dalhousie Administration has offered over three years:
    • PTAs 12.28%, 11.43%, and 11.09% depending on the tier
    • Teaching Assistants 17.69%
    • Markers/Demonstrators 30.40%
  • Our offer, covering four years (2020-2023), asked for:
    • PTAs 17.54%
    • Teaching Assistants 27.33%
    • Markers/Demonstrators designation to be eliminated to prevent duty creep.
  • Organization of the hardship fund is in process; more information to come shortly.
  • For those who need accommodations due to a disability or alternate strike duties due to distance, please contact DalRemoteDuties@cupe3912.ca.
  • For emergencies which cannot be handled by picket captains, or to discuss accommodations in person, check in with the team at Strike HQ located in Boardroom B, on the second floor in the Student Union Building.
  • For media, please reach out to our Communications Officer, Gábor Lukács, at communications@cupe3912.ca, or our Outreach Coordinator, David Banoub, at outreach@cupe3912.ca.
  • For other matters, contact us at office@cupe3912.ca.
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