McGill teaching assistants begin strike action

Around 1,600 McGill University teaching assistants have gone on strike this week after negotiations with the university failed. The Association of Graduate Student Employees of McGill (AÉÉDEM) voted in favour of an eight-week strike mandate last week. The main point in the dispute pertains to salaries, but the union is also calling for teaching assistants’ course hours to be indexed in relation to the number of students that they are responsible for. “[The repercussions for undergraduate students] will really depend on the duration of the strike,” said McGill Teaching Assistant Fanny Teissandier. “Otherwise, indeed, undergraduate students could have difficulty obtaining their final grades for the courses in which they are currently registered.”

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