Union leaders upset with back-to-work legislation to end York U strike

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Union leaders this week held a press conference at Queen’s Park to speak out against back-to-work legislation to end the York University strike.

A coalition composed of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3903, CUPE Ontario, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are urging MPP’s to support workers’ charter rights by opposing the Ontario government’s back-to-work legislation.

Approximately 2,000 teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract faculty at York University have been off the job since March due to a labour dispute.

Union leaders say they are opposed to the practice of precarious employment and want the university to reverse the cut of more than 800 graduate assistant jobs. They also want to establish better support for survivors of sexual assault and stop cuts to graduate funding.

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Students of York University are ambivalent, there are the left-leaning students who sympathize and support the idea of strikes as a major cornerstone of bargaining and then you have other students who are more concerned with their own job prospects in a gig economy era. Stable jobs in the years to come will be as hard to find as cassette tape recorders and public phones. -CINEWS

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