Volume 94, Issue 63
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
York students finally returned to class last Friday after the union representing graduate and teaching assistants overwhelmingly ratified the university and union's tentative settlement.
Joel Harden, spokesperson for CUPE 3903 the union representing the strikers, said the new collective agreement raised salaries by 2% for teaching and provided a great deal of tuition protection for graduate and teaching assistants. International students were also included in the contract and health benefits were also greatly improved, he explained.
York University spokesperson Susan Bigelow said the final deal was approved of by approximately 95% of the voting union members.
Students were excited to return to class on Friday, student senator Ross McMillan said. While some students are frustrated with the disruption in class, most have decided to make the best of a difficult situation, he said. "Some students dropped out and are no re-enrolling," he explained. "People are going to just grin and bare it."
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