‘A difficult time for everyone,’ says York as strike begins

York University issued the following statement late last night:

York University is experiencing a strike by Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants. Although we are disappointed that a settlement could not be reached prior to the strike deadline, the University will continue to negotiate with CUPE Local 3903 during the labour disruption in an effort to reach a fair and reasonable settlement.

Consistent with the guiding principles of academic integrity and in fairness to students, the deans of all Faculties have, together with the chair of Senate, agreed that academic activities (with some exceptions) are suspended for the duration of the strike. For more information on the Senate policy governing academic activities in the event of a strike, visit the University Secretariat Web site.

All academic offices are open during their regular business hours. This includes academic departments, libraries, and administrative departments.

For updates on negotiations, please visit the Negotiation Updates Web page.

This is a difficult time for everyone, but particularly for our students. Students seeking additional information about the strike should visit the Division of Students Frequently Asked Questions Web page.