Job security, cost of living could spark strike at York University



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Job security, the high cost of living and
workplace equity are issues that could lead to a strike at York University at
the end of October, says the union representing 3,200 teaching assistants,
graduate assistants and contract faculty.
    CUPE 3903 has requested a no-board report from the government-appointed
conciliator, setting the stage for a possible strike or lockout at the end of
the month. The union will conduct strike votes next week.
    "We have been negotiating two days a week for the last two months and
have made very little progress," said Graham Potts, the union's chief
negotiator. "We want to reach a fair collective agreement so our members can
focus on their teaching duties. We're telling our employer it's time to get
serious."
    Key issues in negotiations include job security for contract faculty,
employment and workplace equity, tuition fees and compensation for graduate
students, who often live below the poverty level.




For further information:

For further information: Graham Potts, Chief Negotiator, CUPE 3903,
(416) 570-5187; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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