Faculty member says end-of-term marks for students may be at stake


Nearly two weeks since teaching and research assistants with McMaster University went on strike in Hamilton, workers say they are waiting for a sign from the institution that it might come back to the bargaining table with a new offer.

“The university still hasn’t indicated that they want to talk to us at all,” Rebecca DeWael, a teaching assistant (TA) picketing on campus this week, told CBC Hamilton.

“The university hasn’t reached out to us to continue bargaining since the last meeting, which was the Friday before the strike started,” she said from the picket line on Sterling Street earlier this week.

McMaster employs close to 2,900 TAs and research assistants (RAs), it said — “part-time employees who are also full-time students.”

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