York University officials say they are ready to go back to the bargaining table with the union representing the over 3,000 contract workers currently on strike.
The university said there has been no movement since CUPE 3903 rejected three offers the school had proposed on March 13, but that the union said an agreement is possible if both parties returned to the table.
“A few minutes ago, the university reached out to the mediator to request that he inform CUPE 3903 that we are prepared to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday, March 20,” the university said in a statement released Sunday.
Contract workers went on strike March 5 after what the university had said was its “best offer.”
“In the interest of our students, York believes it is important to return to the table to hear CUPE’s proposals to reach a resolution,” the statement continued.
The union tweeted later Sunday afternoon acknowledging the university’s request to resume discussions.
Workers have been without a contract since it expired on Aug. 31, 2017.
—With files from David Shum