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CUPE 3902 Unit 1 today rejects enhanced offer proposed and recommended by union’s bargaining team

March 23, 2015

TORONTO, ON – For the second time, CUPE 3902 Unit 1 has rejected a settlement offer proposed and recommended by CUPE 3902 Unit 1’s own bargaining team. The settlement, if accepted, would have ended the strike by teaching assistants, lab assistants, markers, graders and invigilators.

“We continue to be in close contact with the Provincial Mediator and remain committed to finding a solution to this impasse that would end the strike and allow affected students to complete their academic term without further disruption,” said Professor Angela Hildyard, VP Human Resources and Equity.

The proposed agreement provided enhanced wages, improved benefits, better financial assistance and tuition fee offsets – making it one of the best teaching assistant compensation packages in Canada. It remains, by any objective measure, a fair and reasonable basis for a settlement and an end to the strike.

Details of the offer CUPE 3902 Unit 1 has rejected

  • Wage increase of 3.75% to more than $43 per hour
  • A comprehensive healthcare plan – one of the only such plans in Canada
  • In a change which benefits TAs, reduced maximum amount of TA work required for the funding commitment, from 205 hours to 180 hours per year (all TA hours worked in addition to this amount represent additional net income)
  • A Financial Assistance Fund for childcare and education-related expenses totalling nearly $1.1 million per year
  • A Bursary Fund of over $1 million per year
  • $600,000 per year in tuition assistance for students in years 5 and 6 of doctoral programs and students in year 2 of doctoral-stream Masters programs

Infographic: Highlights of Deal Rejected by CUPE

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For more information, contact:

Michael Kurts, University of Toronto Communications

416 272-4734