Thousands of York University students, faculty, and staff sign petition to call on both sides to remain committed to bargaining



    TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - As the strike at York University continues into
its seventh week, thousands of students, faculty, and staff have signed a
petition calling upon the University and CUPE Local 3903 to return to the
table to bargain in good faith and reach a settlement. The York Federation of
Students (YFS) will be holding a media conference at 10 am on Tuesday, January
6 in the Student Centre to present the University and CUPE 3903 with the over
4,000 petition signatures calling on both parties to remain committed to the
bargaining process so that students can return to the classroom.
    "We are deeply concerned by the detrimental impact the strike has had on
50,000 undergraduate students," states Hamid Osman, YFS President. "We are
presenting over 4,000 petitions to ensure that the University and the Union
remain committed to the bargaining process to find a speedy resolution to the
current labour dispute."
    The York University strike began on November 6 and has left thousands of
students unable to attend classes. After several weeks of absence from the
bargaining table, both sides have returned in the New Year to resume the
talks, but students have yet to see signs of progress towards a positive
resolution.
    "We are encouraged that both sides have finally returned to the
bargaining table, and we hope that both sides will bargain in good faith so
that York's primary stake holders-the students-can resume their studies," says
Osman. "I encourage both the University and the Union to always keep students
in mind when looking to reach a speedy, fair and sustainable solution."





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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hamid Osman, YFS President: (647) 448-2823, president@yfs.ca

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