The union representing striking workers at York University is hoping to head back to the bargaining table in a bid to end the more than two-week old strike.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903, which represents teaching assistants and temporary faculty at the school, is planning to present a new list of demands to a mediator on Monday in hopes of meeting with university administrators later this week.
“There will be a new framework,” said Christina Rousseau, chair of CUPE 3903.
She declined to say how the framework would differ from the union’s previous bargaining position, but indicated that job security for contract instructors and wages would both be issues.
For its part, York officials will wait until the union has met with the mediator to decide whether to sit down with the union.
“We will take our cues from the mediator, who will determine the best time to get together,” said university spokesperson Alex Bilyk.
So I wasn’t going crazy then! It appears that it is not the Union and the Admin that are sitting down on Monday but the mediator who will report back to the Admin any promising developments. Well it looks as some more fruitful dialogue must come out of the Union’s new moves. The only thing sitting in my head now is that the Union has moved on everything substantially except the two year agreement. York is going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place to justify not accepting that. It has been interesting to watch their propaganda machine claw at the ludicrous financial demands of the Union when the real issue is clearly the 2 year contract demand. I think York has backed themselves into a corner and will be forced to accept a 2 year contract.