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NDP Education Critic Rosario Marchese and Canadian Federation of Students Ontario Chairperson Shelley Melanson will join representatives of CUPE 3902
Unit 1 at Hart House at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 11 to announce the results of a strike vote by teaching assistants, student instructors, lab demonstrators and invigilators at the University of Toronto.

Despite a difficult economic climate and an ongoing strike at York University, our members came out to send a message to the U of T administration: we don’t want to strike, but we will,” said Rebecca Sanders, chief spokesperson for the CUPE 3902 bargaining committee. “Our members are looking for a modest increase in our combination of work and funding to move us closer to what U of T itself has described as a minimum living wage in Toronto of $18,000 per year.”

The union is also seeking public health care coverage for international students, who currently pay out-of-pocket for private, for-profit coverage, and decreases in class and tutorial size.  More than 5,000 university workers have been without a contract since April 30.

Class and tutorial size are out of control at this university,” said Sandy Hudson, president of the University of Toronto Students’ Union, representing 41,000 full-time undergraduate students.  “Tutorials of 70 to 100 students and classes of over 1500 are not a tenable learning environment.   Nobody wants a strike, but students and university employees have to stand together to defend accessible education.  We support our TAs for trying to do so.”

WHOCUPE 3902 bargaining team, NDP Education Critic Rosario Marchese, Canadian Federation of Students Ontario Chairperson Shelley Melanson, undergraduate and graduate student union representatives

WHAT: Announce and discuss results of CUPE 3902 Unit 1 strike vote

WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, December 11, 2008

WHERE: Hart House Debates Room, 2nd floor, 7 Hart House Circle,
University of Toronto