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(Halifax) Striking Teaching Assistants and Part-Time Instructors at Dalhousie University have rejected the latest offer from their employer.

The 930 members of CUPE Local 3912 voted on the offer over the last four days, and have turned it down.

CUPE National Representative Peter Baxter says, While the new offer did contain a wage increase, the TAs did not consider it be reasonable enough. Dal TAs are among the lowest paid university Teaching Assistants in Canada, while Dalhousie has one of the highest tuitions in the country.

In addition, says Baxter, the strikers were not happy with the university decision to make a two-tiered wage offer, with one increase for graduate TAs and a much lower one for undergraduate TAs and Marker/Demonstrators.

Baxter says the strike at Dalhousie will continue until the university comes up with a more acceptable offer.

Strikers from Local 3912 were sent down to Yarmouth today, for a university recruitment fair that was taking place for high school students there.

For information:

Peter Baxter CUPE National Rep. 455-4180 (o)

Barb Moore President, CUPE Local 3912 (902) 670-4398 (Cell) (902) 542-7981 (h)

John McCracken CUPE Communications Rep. 455-4180 (o)