TORONTO – Up to 10,000 staff and teaching assistants at York University and University of Toronto will hold a rally today in front of Queen’s Park to urge the province to take steps to end a labour dispute as strike deadlines loom.
Non-tenured academic staff at U of T will be in a strike position as of midnight and York University staff will be on the pickets lines March 3.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says members could walk off the job if they don’t get a contract with a “modest” salary increase.
Union president Fred Hahn says teaching assistants get paid $15,000 a year – $8,000 below the poverty line – and they must pay tuition on top of that.
“The Wynne government has a real role in preventing these potential strikes,” said Hahn in a media release. “They must recommit to funding of post-secondary education.”
He says they also need increased job security, noting many don’t know from one semester to the next if they will have a job.
With a file from The Canadian Press