U of T Unit 1 CUPE members to vote on strike mandate

Following a five week long college faculty strike, thousands of students at 24 public colleges are now faced with having their semesters extended to make up the lost class time. Now, students of the University of Toronto (U of T) may be forced into a similar scenario. On Dec. 5, Unit 1 of CUPE 3902, consisting of teaching assistants, invigilators, graders, Chief Presiding Officers, met and took part in a strike mandate vote. According to the CUPE website, polls for the unit-wide strike will be open for voting to members on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12. If the union votes in favour of the strike mandate, it will have the ability to go on strike if negotiations deteriorate. However, sessional […]

Read more

U of T and York contract workers strike, classes cancelled at York

Contract workers at Canada’s two largest universities are on strike as of March 2, resulting in the cancellation of classes at York University. University of Toronto’s (U of T) CUPE 3902 unit 1, representing mainly teaching assistants, and York’s CUPE 3903, which includes contract faculty and graduate assistants, walked off the job this week. All classes have been cancelled at York, affecting about 40,000 students. Most of York’s facilities will remain open to students, according to a press release from the university. CUPE 3903 wants better job equity and security, improved graduate funding, and lowering fees for international students, said James Clark, chief steward of unit 1 of CUPE 3903. The union’s 3,700 members teach about 64 per cent of […]

Read more