CUPE members split on York U. vote

Union must now balance interests of bargaining units
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/23/2015

A week into CUPE 3903’s strike at York University in Toronto, the union endorsed the employer’s final offer to its members. But the union’s strong support did not bring the labour action to an end.

One of CUPE’s three units accepted the deal, with contract faculty voting to ratify the agreement on March 9. The remaining two — representing teaching assistants and graduate assistants — rejected the offer and continued to strike. Altogether, the union represents 3,700 contract faculty, TAs and GAs at the university.

"What’s emerging here is part of a wider issue of funding for post-secondary education," said CUPE 3903 chairperson Faiz Ahmed.