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U of T, CUPE 3902 Unit 1 agree to binding arbitration to end strike immediately

March 26, 2015

TORONTO, ON — The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is very pleased that CUPE 3902 Unit 1 has agreed to move for­ward with bind­ing arbi­tra­tion. This means that the strike has end­ed, and teach­ing assis­tants, course instruc­tors, lab assis­tants, mark­ers, graders and invig­i­la­tors will return to work on Fri­day, March 27.

“With the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and CUPE 3902 Unit 1 agree­ing to bind­ing arbi­tra­tion, the recent strike has end­ed. But a num­ber of chal­lenges remain, as we work togeth­er to return to reg­u­lar func­tion­ing over the next few weeks,” said Dr. Mer­ic Gertler, Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to.

“To the stu­dents who have had to endure uncer­tain­ty and anx­i­ety at a cru­cial time in the year – and espe­cial­ly those who are in the final year of their pro­grams – thank you for your patience. We are enor­mous­ly relieved that the strike is over. And we share a com­mit­ment to resolv­ing all remain­ing com­pli­ca­tions caused by the strike as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Pres­i­dent Gertler.

“To the mem­bers of CUPE 3902 Unit 1, let me take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to say that we val­ue and respect you as indis­pens­able col­lab­o­ra­tors in our shared mis­sion of advanced research and high­er edu­ca­tion,” said Pres­i­dent Gertler.

“Our task now is to work togeth­er to sup­port our under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents as they com­plete their term,” con­clud­ed Pres­i­dent Gertler.

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For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Althea Black­burn-Evans

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

416 677‑9617