York University TAs, graduation assistants reject tentative deal

Two of the three bargaining units of CUPE 3903 have rejected the tentative deal reached with York University last week.

Teaching assistants and graduation assistant voted to reject deal Monday night, while contract staff voted 65 per cent to accept the tentative deal.

The university said classes will remain cancelled on Tuesday.

The university’s 3,700 teaching assistants and contract staff have been off the job for almost a week.

The University said in a statement in will be “reviewing plans to allow as many students as possible to return to their studies in order to complete their terms.” The university will reveal more details after a meeting of its senate executive on Tuesday.

Union representatives said it’s up to contract faculty to decide if they are going to cross the picket line to return to work.

The university said it plans to follow their normal communication process in announcing the resumption of classes, with a message posted to the York University website, an email sent to students, faculty and staff as well as information tweeted and posted on York channels.

Meanwhile, at the University of Toronto, the strike by teaching assistants continues, but classes have not been cancelled.

The deal was announced late Friday following talks between the two sides and a provincial mediator.

According to the union, 71 per cent of its 3,700 members voted against the last contract offer York presented to the union.

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