By Sarah Millar, National Post
After two days of negotiations, a deal between York University and striking workers has not been reached, the National Post has learned.
“Talks are still continuing, so we’re very positive about that,” CUPE 3903 chair Christina Rousseau said. “But right now, no deal is reached.”
Rousseau said the union had hoped that the new offer they presented to the university would have made some leeway, and that it is disappointed that it did not.
“We’re going into our fourth week this week, so we’re hoping this can get settled soon, but right now it’s not looking like that.”
CUPE 3903, the union representing teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract faculty walked off the job on Nov. 6. The union is looking for a wage increase and better job security for contract faculty. The university has maintained that binding arbitration is the only way to reach a deal as soon as possible.
50,000 students at York University have been out of classes since the strike began, with students at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall law school returning to classes in the last week. Due to the length of the strike, students will now have to make up the time either over the Christmas break or next summer. Exams were supposed to start for the students next week.
“It’s very inconvenient for them, we’re really working hard to reach a settlement,” Rousseau said about the students who are out of classes righr now. “We’re just hoping that once classes are resumed that senate will make the transition back as seemless as possible.”
This is getting absolutely ridiculous! It doesn’t even seem like the University is trying to meet them half way. I would like to see the details but I can guarantee you the sticking point is still the 2 year contract length. I don’t know what else to say really…