Teaching assistants, student instructors, lab demonstrators and invigilators at the University of Toronto have voted 63 per cent in favour of a strike if their contract demands are not met.
“None of our members want to strike, but they have clearly signaled that they are not prepared to accept a deal that ignores their core concerns,” says Rebecca Sanders, chief spokesperson for CUPE 3902 Unit 1.
Their previous contract expired at the end of April. Union representatives say this vote signals a strong strike mandate from their members.
“Despite the fear and anxiety generated by the economic crisis and the very difficult situation unfolding at York University, almost two-thirds of our members courageously indicated their willingness to back up their demands with labour action if necessary,” says Sanders.
Both sides say they will remain at the bargaining table and no strike date has been set.
It is hoped that a strike by members of CUPE 3902 will not result in cancelled classes or have the same disruptive consequences as the CUPE 3903 strike at York University.