March 2, 2015 5:35 am
Updated: March 2, 2015 12:10 pm

Teaching assistants at University of Toronto on strike

The Soldier's Tower stands over the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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TORONTO – Some six-thousand employees at three University of Toronto campuses are on strike Monday.

The employees involved are teaching assistants, markers, graders and graduate student instructors.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents the employees, said last Friday it refused to send the university’s latest offer to the membership to vote on.

CUPE spokeswoman Erin Black says the members are demanding a boost in their standard of living and say the university hasn’t offered enough money.

“It’s going to take some sort of increase in the minimum guaranteed funding package,” said Black on Monday.

Teaching assistants currently get $15,000 a year, a level that has remained the same since 2008.

The university says all three campuses will remain open and most classes will continue.

Meanwhile, over 3,700 staff at York University are still without a contract as a strike deadline there has been set for March 3.

With a file from Global News

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