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UQAM strike ends, York’s CUPE 3903 settles for deal

The book closes on two major university labour disputes.

A bit of university labour news being reported today as faculty at Universite du Quebec a Montreal have voted to accept a new contract and the union representing T.A.s, G.A.s, and contract faculty at York University, CUPE 3903, ratified a new three year contract on Friday.

The Montreal Gazette reports classes will resume Monday at UQAM following the ratification of a new contract by nearly 1,000 professors and full-time language instructors. The signing ends a strike which began March 16 and was threatening to cause the cancellation of the winter term.

York University and CUPE 3903 have officially reached a negotiated settlement to their contract dispute which resulted in the longest university strike at an English-language university in Canadian history. The strike only ended when the province legislated CUPE 3903 back to work. Following this, an arbitrator was appointed to create a new contract. However, the two sides were able to make their own deal which was approved by all three units of CUPE 3903 earlier this week.

The new contract will last for three years and includes pay increases of three per cent in each year of the contact.

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