McMaster University Working ‘Very Aggressively’ to Break CUPE Strike, Union Says

“The right to continue working must also be respected,” a university email addressed to the union’s members said. McMaster University invited striking teaching assistants and research assistants to return to work as scabs – complete with a “confidential” form, according to leaked emails obtained by PressProgress. 2,800 teaching and research assistants at McMaster University, represented by…


Union, McMaster University say they are ready to negotiate, as weeks-long TA strike continues

University says it is willing to meet ‘anytime to receive a meaningful counteroffer’ The union representing teaching assistants (TAs) and research assistants (RAs) with McMaster University says “informal talks” have begun between the two parties about returning to the bargaining table, as a weeks-long strike continues. The TAs and RAs, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)…


“We need higher wages, not higher rents”: Striking teaching and research assistants block graduate residence construction

(Hamilton, ON) Today, striking teaching and research assistants at McMaster University blocked the construction of a graduate residence owned by the university to shed light on wages failing to keep up with the cost of living. “We’re on strike mainly because McMaster is still pushing little more than poverty wages on us,” said Chris Fairweather,…


University and College faculty, staff and students share concerns as Bill 26 receives royal ascent

TORONTO, December 5, 2022- The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario (CFSO) collectively commend the government’s interest in protecting sexual violence survivors. However, we raise concerns about elements of the newly announced Strengthening Post-secondary…


CUPE Ontario congratulates, praises education workers and OSBCU on ratification of historic deal

TORONTO – CUPE Ontario leaders heaped praise and admiration on CUPE education workers and their central bargaining team, the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), following the announcement that union members had strongly endorsed the tentative agreement negotiated by OSBCU in late November. Results of the province-wide ratification vote were released this morning, following…