Some classes at Carleton University could be cancelled Monday if teaching assistants and contract instructors go on strike. Both groups, represented by CUPE local 4,600, voted in late October to give the negotiating team a strike mandate. Teaching assistants voted 74 per cent in favour of the mandate, while contract, or sessional, instructors voted 89 per cent.
After a no board report, meaning a negotiated settlement could not be reached, was filed at the beginning of November, a strike deadline was set for Monday Nov 22. The university will post to their website by Sunday afternoon a list of classes that could be cancelled if a settlement cannot be reached in time.
The two sides are currently in mediation and have agreed to a media blackout.
The university recently reached a negotiated settlement with clerical and administrative staff, narrowly averting a strike. Negotiations with the Carleton University Academic Staff Association, which represents librarians and regular faculty, are presently in arbitration.
UPDATE: A tentative deal has been reached between the two sides and classes will proceed as scheduled.