This blog is maintained by the TSSU’s Membership Mobilization Committee (MMC) and Solidarity and Social Justice Committee (SSJC). Any and all members of TSSU are welcome to write blog posts; you can sign up as a contributor here with your… Read moreWelcome to TSSU’s Blog
Christine Pan Graduate School Graduate school is the place where theory and career development intersect and enhance each other. Graduate school should be the place where students seriously turn their career plans into actions. At Simon Fraser University, there… Read moreGraduate School
Holistic Applicant Assessment In the early stages, supervisors and departmental application committees should place greater emphasis on relevant experiences and shift away from exclusively GPA-based assessment of a student’s capabilities. Success in such a program is never guaranteed and is highly… Read moreThey Want to Help…. So What Can Your Department and Supervisor Do?
Reflection on Decolonizing Daily: Understanding Systems of Power Collectively Written By: Workshop Participants and TSSU Solidarity and Social Justice Committee (SSJC) Edited and Assembled by: Stacey Copeland, SSJC Member Miyo-wîcêhtowin. Waniskâtân wâpahki mîna mâmawohkamâtotân! (Let us all wake up tomorrow and work… Read moreReflection on Decolonizing Daily: Understanding Systems of Power
I have continually ignored advice from my supervisor to reduce the amount of TAing I do as I felt it would limit the scope of my experiences in graduate school. While I can’t claim to say this often … I… Read moreMy Experiences as a Teaching Assistant – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
Here, we will continue the discussion initiated in “part 1” regarding work ethic. It is important to possess other traits in equal measure, that both enable and enhance one’s productivity. Therefore, we will highlight four other characteristics and/or traits that… Read more6 Characteristics of a Good Graduate Student (part 2)
People are remarkably flexible and can adjust to a variety of situations given the right inclinations, with this in mind, I hope that the experiences shared herein will prove beneficial to prospective students as it would have to myself just… Read more6 Characteristics of a Good Graduate Student (part 1)
As we all prepare for the Fall Semester, we’ve reached the end of this series of blog posts highlighting contract wins from the last round of bargaining. I hope these posts have helped to show just how much is possible… Read moreContract Wins: TSSU Representation on Health and Safety Committees
The Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has been an independent, non-hierarchical feminist labour union since 1978. They represent the Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessionals, and the English Language & Culture/Interpretation & Translation Instructors (ELC/ITP) at Simon Fraser University. Personally, TSSU… Read moreTSSU at Forty
Today’s topic is an important one for many of the TSSU’s members: childcare support. Many of the TSSU’s members also have families, and the TSSU has bargained for a specific fund set up to help mitigate the cost of childcare… Read moreContract Wins: The Story of the TSSU Childcare Fund
During the last round of bargaining, the TSSU fought for (and won!) some major improvements which have helped to enforce the priority system used to hire TAs and TMs. This has ultimately lead to an increase in the number of… Read moreContract Wins: $1.4 million/year now going towards graduate students