By Sarah Millar, National Post
Classes at York University have been suspended as CUPE 3903, the union that represents teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract faculty have voted to strike.
The union had a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Thursday and made the formal announcement around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The university had decided in the case of a strike all classes would be suspended until the labour disruption is resolved.
The main issues of contention include wage increases and job security. The university had offered a raise of 9.25% over three years, which the union rejected because it was not in line with increases in the cost of living. The university’s unwillingness to provide job security for contract faculty also pushed the union to reject York’s offer.
A picket line is expected to start Thursday morning at all gates of the university beginning at 7:30 a.m.
York is the country’s third largest university, approximately 50,000 students will be affected by the strike.
The last major strike at York was an 11-week strike in 2000 that cancelled some classes and confused students and faculty.