Members of CUPE 3903 have voted almost 80 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, after conducting a poll from January 26 to 30. Over 40 per cent of the union’s 3,700 members cast ballots, the largest turnout in ten years. The full results are available here.
Does this mean there’s going to be a strike at York? Not necessarily.
The purpose of the strike mandate vote was to give the union more leverage at the bargaining table, as it negotiates a new contract with York University. We are bargaining for accessible, high quality education, a fair and equitable workplace, and a safe and healthy campus. We believe our proposals will improve the quality of education at York, and we want a fair deal for everyone.
But the university has been dragging its feet, and remains largely unresponsive. Now that we have a strong strike mandate, we hope it will kick-start the bargaining process – and help us avoid a strike.
Students, parents, and members of the York community can also help us avoid a strike, by putting pressure on the university to reach a negotiated settlement. Only if the bargaining process breaks down do we run the risk of a strike.
Send a message to York University President Mamdouh Shoukri, urging the university to negotiate a fair contract. Click here to send a message.
A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.