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University staff stage 10K march to protest labour dispute

Picketers from CUPE 3092, representing teaching assistants, began their strike in front of gate to campus on King's College Rd. and College Street on March 2, 2015.
Picketers from CUPE 3092, representing teaching assistants, began their strike in front of gate to campus on King's College Rd. and College Street on March 2, 2015. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images

TORONTO – Striking teaching assistants are staging a 10-kilometre march today from York’s Glendon campus to University of Toronto to protest the ongoing labour dispute.

Union members have scheduled the march from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Glendon campus, on to Lawrence Ave, down on Yonge Street, then to U of T downtown.

“In organizing together, we hope to inspire other academic workers in the sector to wage their fight for better working, living, and learning conditions,” said the union representing York U staff in a media release.

The rally comes a day after striking U of T workers voting in favour of entering into binding arbitration with the university, ending a month-long strike.

Local 3902 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said its members voted 942 for and 318 against entering binding arbitration at a Thursday evening vote.

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Roughly 6,000 U of T teaching assistants and course instructors have been on strike since Feb. 27.

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