York University contract faculty launch strike

Eli Ridder | The Post

The union representing contract faculty, teaching assistants and others at York University went on strike just past midnight on Monday.

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 and the York negotiating teams failed to meet over the weekend, with the university saying the two sides were too far apart for a last minute agreement.

CUPE 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.

CUPE 3903 entered strike status at 12:01 a.m. with its members that make up some 60 per cent of the York faculty.

The strike will launch with a rally at 11:30 a.m. at Main Gate with all union members picketing in attendance.

Regular picketing starts on Tuesday in dual shifts for weekdays: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Students that support the faculty strike are also holding a rally at 11:30 a.m. at the Keele Campus Main Gate.

Students for CUPE 3903 is made up of enrolled undergraduates who criticize the contract conditions of the union faculty.

Another student group, Socialist Fightback at York University, is holding a solidarity event at 10:45 a.m. at the 4211 Keele St. Tim Hortons by the Keele Campus.

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

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