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Teaching assistants at U of T vote on new tentative deal Sunday

Teaching assistants at the University of Toronto's downtown campus took to the picket line on March 2, 2015. 680NEWS/Kevin Misener

Striking teaching assistants at the University of Toronto voted on a tentative new deal on Sunday.

A new tentative agreement was reached last week between U of T and the union representing the school’s teaching assistants.

The new, proposed agreement would boost the annual salaries of TAs to $17,500 a year, up from $15,000. It would also guarantee tuition relief for PhD and masters students.

On Feb. 27, CUPE 3902, including approximately 6,000 teaching assistants, voted to reject a bargaining deal sending them to the picket line at all three campuses (St. George, University of Toronto Mississauga and University of Toronto Scarborough).

The results of the vote are expected late Sunday evening.

Only a handful of classes have been cancelled since the start of the strike.

Meanwhile, teaching and graduate assistants at York University remain on strike. Most classes have resumed but school officials said that due to the strike some tutorials and labs associated with these and other courses may not be active.