A Request for Support from the Graduate Student Union at York University

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We received this request by e-mail. I don’t know any of the specifics of this labor impasse, but it does not seem as if the graduate-student union is asking for anything extraordinary.

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The CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) 3903 strike at York University in Toronto is in its third week. York University is the third largest university in Canada.

In the last several weeks, graduate students at both York University and the University of Toronto have gone on strike for better salaries. University of Toronto graduate students are currently voting on a second offer from their administration.

The CUPE local at York includes graduate student T.A.s, G.A.s, and R.A.s, as well as our very large contingent of contract faculty. The unit representing contract faculty ratified their first post-strike contract offer, but the units representing all graduate student employees voted to refuse the offer and to remain on strike.

Their…

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