Western teaching assistants hit picket lines, citing concerns over pay, housing affordability


Western University graduate teaching assistants hit the picket lines last week, citing concerns over their salaries and the cost of living. According to Global News, Western entered negotiations with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 610–which represents approximately 2,000 teaching assistants at Western–in October 2023 and has yet to reach an agreement. The union is on strike until a tentative agreement can be reached, with members stepping away from their proctoring and marking duties as Western enters the undergraduate exam period. Western has issued a statement indicating that the school will remain open and that exams will continue as normal, adding that it is “committed to achieving a mutually agreeable contract.”

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