Eli Ridder | The Post

Leadership officials at the union representing York University faculty unanimously recommended the union reject the final offer from the Toronto-based institution, which could trigger a strike as the bargaining deadline passes.

Section 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees have been engaged in negotiations since Sept. 25 of last year after the last contract between the school its union employees expired on Aug. 31 of 2017.

“The bargaining team for Units 1, 2, and 3, as well as the Executive Committee unanimously voted to recommend that CUPE 3903 REJECT the employer’s final offer,” the union said in a statement.

“Several concessions remain on the table, most notably the destruction of the Conversions program and Graduate Assistant jobs and the increase in ticketed Course Directorships.”

Members will be voting on the final offer from York on Friday that will determine whether the union will go on strike.

CUPE 3903 represents contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, part-time librarians and part-time archivists at York University.

Union official Lina Nasr told the Post on Wednesday that the deadline of Mar. 1 “simply refers to the last oppurtunity for York to provide a comphrensive package for CUPE members to vote on.”

“If by that date they have not provided anything new, then we assume their last pass to be the final offer and hold a strike vote with that in mind.”

More details to follow. Image of Veri Hall at York University from Wikimedia Commons. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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