Student group decries union constitution

CUPE's code of conduct should address sexual violence, group charges
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/01/2015

Silence is Violence, a group of students and teaching staff at York University in Toronto, is calling on the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to do more to prevent and address sexual violence among members.

The group formed in March, several months after York PhD student and teaching assistant Mandi Gray alleged she was sexually assaulted by an executive member of CUPE's local 3903 chapter at an off-campus union-related event.

At the time of the alleged incident, local 3903, which represents the school’s TAs and other staff, was involved in labour action.