Eli Ridder | The Post

The union representing contract faculty, teaching assistants and others at York University is set to strike on Monday as the employer will not attempt to reach a deal over the weekend, according to a union statement on Saturday. 

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 has been engaged in negotiations with the university since August of last year, and passed a deadline on Mar. 1 to finalize a new contract.

Its members voted on Friday to reject York’s final offer, following the advice of CUPE 3903’s bargaining representatives and its administration, and in favour of striking if no deal was reached by the next workday, Monday.

Union spokesperson Leena Nasr said members “directed negotiators to make themselves available to York University over the weekend” on Friday.

However, CUPE announced on Saturday morning that “the news from the bargaining team is that there will be no bargaining this weekend.”

“Shame on [York University] for not even taking the opportunity to try to reach a resolution,” the union tweeted.

“Class schedules will be available Sunday and communicated. Visit yorku.ca/labour for latest information and updates,” posted York on Saturday.

More details to follow. Image of York University from previous files. 

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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