Union sends open letter to York University president, “Do better by our university and negotiate an end to this strike”

  TORONTO, ON – On the 115th day of the strike at York University, CUPE 3903, which represents contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and part-time librarians and archivists, has sent a letter to University President Rhonda Lenton outlining how the strike could end immediately should Lenton choose to do so. The letter acknowledges the…

As strike drags into eighth week, York University once again fails to use time wisely and wastes yet another opportunity to bargain

TORONTO, ON – As a strike by their academic workers continues into its eighth week, York University has wasted yet another opportunity to negotiate a resolution to a dispute that threatens to further damage thousands of students’ current and summer academic terms. For the past week, York and Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of…

While parties await Ministry of Labour Report, CUPE 3903 urges York University to ‘move quickly’ to resolve dispute and end strike

TORONTO, ON – While the parties await a report from an Industrial Inquiry Commission announced today, the union representing striking academic workers at York University called on the employer to resume negotiations to resolve the six-week long labour dispute. “While we will fully cooperate with the Commissioner, we are also acutely aware that any further…

Citing ‘dishonest communications,’ CUPE 3903 files three unfair labour practices complaints against York University

  TORONTO, ON – The Union representing striking academic workers at York University has filed an unfair labour practices complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against their employer. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon by Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903), alleges that York University violated three sections (Sections…

As York University strike moves into Week 3, CUPE 3903’s call to resume bargaining met with ‘deafening, shameful silence’

  TORONTO, ON – With a strike by 3,000 York University academic workers entering its third week, members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903) today joined their voices with campus, labour and community allies to counter their employer’s “deafening, shameful silence.” Earlier this afternoon, striking CUPE 3903 members, along…

As Carleton refuses to consider a solution that protects pensions, university workers remain on the picket lines

  OTTAWA, ON – Negotiators for more than 850 administrative, technical and library workers at Carleton University are frustrated and disappointed at the university’s refusal to negotiate an end to the labour dispute that enters its third week today (Monday). “Carleton hasn’t demonstrated any degree of openness about finding a solution that addresses the union’s…

Workers’ defence of pension rights at Carleton reaches Ontario Labour Relations Board

  OTTAWA, ON – The union that represents striking workers at Carleton University has filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, charging that the university has engaged in unfair labour practices. “We are calling out the university’s administration for bargaining in bad faith,” said Jacynthe Barbeau, negotiator for the Canadian Union of Public…

As strike enters third day, York University’s refusal to bargain raises ‘serious questions’ about their commitment to resolving dispute

  TORONTO, ON – As a strike by York University’s academic workers enters its third day, more questions are being raised about the University’s refusal to negotiate with its employees. “For five days, York University has been missing in action,” Devin Lefebvre, Chairperson of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903)…