Eli Ridder | The Post

York University is holding a Senate meeting on Thursday to discuss a motion to suspend all classes for the duration of the union strike. 

York President Rhonda Benton and the Senate Executive Committee are reportedly aiming to stand against the motion, which is outlined in the meeting agenda.

Several departments of the university have already unilaterally suspended courses for the length of the strike.

The two bargaining teams have not met since last week before a deadline passed on Mar. 1, with York refusing an invitation from the Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees to come to the table.

“I don’t understand why they don’t just cancel the classes and get to the table to fix this and give them what they deserve,” a Twitter user by the name Hadeth said in response to  students feeling stressed over the strike.

“That would be in our interest cause this mess sure isn’t.”

The York University Faculty Union, which represents the other faculty not under CUPE 3903, have expressed their support in standing in solidarity with the picketing contract faculty, teachers assistants, course directors and others that make up the union.

Also expressing their solidarity with the union is fellow CUPE Local 2424, who are striking at Carleton University in Ottawa.


Image of picketers from Twitter. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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