CUPE 3903 has set a strike deadline of March 3, the earliest date we could be on strike.
We still prefer a negotiated settlement, but York has shown little movement at the bargaining table. We are running out of options to get a fair contract.
If there is a strike, our members will stop teaching and set up picket lines at campus entrances. Anyone attempting to cross our lines should expect delays. Exceptions may be made for members to conduct lab work or research not related to their paid employment at York.
According to Senate policy, students who choose not to cross picket lines “are entitled to immunity from penalty, to reasonable alternative access to materials covered in their absence, to reasonable extensions of deadlines and to such other remedy as Senate deems necessary and consistent with the principle of academic integrity.” Read the full policy here.
If we have to strike, we hope it will be short. But we can’t predict how the university will respond. It could cancel classes or try to keep the campus open.
The best way to avoid a strike is to negotiate a fair deal for our members.
Send a message to York President Mamdouh Shoukri, urging the university to negotiate a fair contract. Click here to send a message now.
A better York is possible. Together, we can make it happen.