Volume 94, Issue 60

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Academic visit raises questions

Finally - York strike over

City will meet to discuss snow removal

UWO proves beer's healthiness

Women's centre forced to turn some away - Lack of funding keeps women's service at bare minimum


Planet Me

Finally - York strike over

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

After 75 days of intense negotiations and bitter rhetoric, an end to the York strike seems all but assured after strikers and administration finally shook hands early yesterday morning.

At 6 a.m. yesterday, after negotiating through the night, York University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903 reached an agreement which should see over 2,100 teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract faculty head back to work this Friday, said Joel Harden, a CUPE spokesperson.

"This is a victory for every university student across the country," Harden said. The TAs, GAs and contract faculty began the strike last October over issues such as wages, health benefits and a call for tuition indexing.

"This is great news for our undergraduate students," York president Lorna R. Marsden, said in a statement released shortly after the agreement. "We have achieved settlements which compensate the employees without jeopardizing the academic and financial integrity of the university."

"In achieving their objective, Local 3903 members have ensured that other university administrations come to the negotiating table and bargain in good faith. This is a strike that would not have happened had York University committed to bargaining a negotiated settlement," Sid Ryan, Ontario president of the CUPE, said in a written statement.

CUPE Local 3903's Unit Two, which represented striking contract faculty, settled last Friday after a Ministry of Labour supervised vote. Units One and Three will now vote tomorrow on the new tentative settlement reached by negotiators, Harden explained.

Bob Drummond, chair of the York Senate executive, said should the proposed contract be ratified tomorrow, regular classes will begin Friday. Twenty-two replacement days will be held to complete the first semester.

The second semester, which was to begin Jan. 3, will start Feb. 26, he said. Under this tentative plan, the school year's final exam period would conclude May 25, he added.

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