Funding clawbacks must be returned by York University

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We, the graduate students of York University, demand that the Faculty of Graduate Studies return the funds they have already deducted from our minimum guarantee package. This deduction approximately amounts to $2000. The deficits are mostly from the following three sources:

1- Vacation pay: based on the Employment Standards Act, the vacation pay must be received on top of our Minimum Guarantee Funding (MGF).

2- Graduate Financial Assistantship (GFA): The value of GFA for each year of study has been determined in the CUPE 3903 Unit 1 and 3 Collective Agreements (CA). The difference between GFA of a particular year and the GFA of the admission year must be received on top of the MGF.

3- TAship wage: The wage for a full TAship in each academic year has been determined in the CA. The difference between a full TAship salary for a particular year and the admission year, multiplied by the total number of TA duties in that year must be received on top of the MGF.

Just to give a sense, for a 3rd year PhD student, the extra fund supposed to be received on top of the MGF is more than $1960. Therefore, we ask the FGS for an immediate refund of all the above sources deducted from our funding in the previous years.


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