CUPE 3903 members vote "no" on York University offer - Union asks to go back to bargaining table

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Over two days of voting, members of CUPE
3903 sent a clear message to the York University administration by rejecting
the offer on which they were forced to vote. Members of all three units voted
63% to reject the offer. The union's bargaining team has requested that the
employer be ready to return to the table by 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.
    "This result is not a surprise. We told York's administration that they
were wasting everyone's time by forcing us to vote on an inadequate offer, but
they insisted on putting us through this expensive and time-consuming
process," said Tyler Shipley, CUPE 3903 spokesperson. "Now that the charade is
over, let's get back to the bargaining table and get a settlement so that
everyone can go back to class."
    About 2,400 members of the union participated in the two-day vote and
reaffirmed their commitment to many of their key priorities, including the
central questions of job security for contract professors and funding for
graduate students.
    Elizabeth Brule, a contract professor for more than a decade, explained
her unit's "no" vote.
    "We are fully qualified professors at an institution of higher learning
and despite all of our years of experience we are still forced to re-apply for
every single course we teach," she said. "How are we supposed to budget for
mortgage payments and child care when we have no idea what our income will be
from session to session?"
    The union will be available to media at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the
Montecassino Hotel, 3710 Chesswood Drive, to address the key outstanding
issues in the strike and to stress its commitment to settling the strike at
the bargaining table in a manner that is fair and expedient.

    CUPE 3903 represents about 3400 contract professors (Unit 2) and
teaching, graduate and research assistants (Units 1 and 3) who have been on
strike since November 6.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Shipley, CUPE 3903 Spokesperson, (647)
295-1674; Christina Rousseau, Chair, CUPE 3903, (416) 736-5154

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