According to York University administration, after five days of progress in negotiations, the union representing striking teaching assistants and contract faculty has been presented with a new “enhanced” deal that would mean a total raise of 10.7 percent over three years.
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Alex Bilyk, media relations director for the university, says they are asking CUPE 3903 to present the new offer to its membership for a ratification vote at the earliest opportunity. He says the offers include a 9.25 percent increase in wages plus “significant benefits and other improvements over the term of the new three-year collective agreements.”
In a press release issued Jan. 7, the university says its settlement offer addresses the key priority areas identified by CUPE 3903, namely:
- Enhanced job security for contract faculty through 22 new full-time faculty positions
- Further increases in Funds to reflect recent membership growth
- Indexation of Funds to address any future membership growth
- Tuition protection for the full term of the new collective agreements
- Increase in minimum guaranteed funding for graduate teaching assistants
The administration says it “firmly believes that these comprehensive offers for settlement of 10.7% over three years are fair, responsible and sustainable – particularly in this worsening economic climate” and is urging the union to accept the offer for the sake of the school’s 50,000 students.