209 Ste-Catherine Est
Local V-2390 Montréal, Québec
Dear Syndicat des étudient-e-s employé-e-s de l’UQAM (SÉTUE),
We write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), with a message of solidarity for the members of SÉTUE, in their struggle to obtain a fair collective agreement with the Université du Québec à Montréal.
It is unacceptable that your members have been without a contract since the end of 2013. We are deeply alarmed by the problems you are experiencing in trying to secure protections for job contracting and intellectual property for your membership. The UQAM administration is not only negotiating unfairly, they are playing the bully and then calling victim. We strongly disapprove of their scare tactics and the hostile environment they are promoting.
The GSA represents approximately 4,000 graduate students, many of which are student workers. We understand that teaching assistants, research assistants, and other student workers contribute to the effective operation of the university and directly influence the quality of education provided by our institutions. As government support for post-secondary education continues to decline, students and workers suffer from an increasing reliance by universities on precarious and low-paid academic labour. Not only is this unfair, but it also undermines the quality of education in our country.
As students and workers, we understand and share your struggle to obtain working conditions that reflect the value and quality of your labour. We stand in solidarity with SÉTUE and we support your reasonable demands, including fair wages, guaranteed minimum hours of work, and clarity regarding contracts. We applaud your efforts to fight these attacks on student workers, and we wish you perseverance and strength during your strike.
Roxana Barcelo-Singh, Vice President Finance
Bonnie Bates, GSA History Councillor
Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)
Local 78, Canadian Federation of Students