Nearly 3,000 YorkU workers represented by CUPE 3903 launch strike

Nearly 3,000 York University contract instructors, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants have gone on strike after a deal was not reached with the university last weekend. CUPE 3903–which represents the workers–has identified the provincial wage restraint legislation and the affordability crisis as key issues behind the strike. “Who can afford to work at York anymore?” asks CUPE 3903 Communications Officer Erin McIntosh in a statement for the Toronto Star. YorkU said that meeting student learning needs during the strike remains a top priority. “Contingency plans for all other aspects of university operations are in place and will be activated as required and we will continue to work toward a swift, equitable, and sustainable agreement with CUPE 3903,” read a statement from the university.

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