York University welcomes the decision by the provincial government to appoint William Kaplan, a highly regarded labour relations expert with significant experience in the university sector, as the sole member of an Industrial Inquiry Commission to look into the issues of the strike by CUPE 3903.
Following more than six months of negotiating at the bargaining table, including 26 separate sessions, this appointment offers a new path forward to overcoming our significant differences and resolving the strike, which will soon be entering its seventh week.
York is looking forward to working with Mr. Kaplan as soon as possible and hopes that this will lead to an expeditious settlement.
With this decision, York is inviting the Union leadership to ask their members in CUPE 3903 to return to work so that our students can successfully complete their winter terms while the Inquiry process is underway. We make this invitation on the understanding that CUPE would retain the ability to withdraw its members’ services during the summer term if a settlement is not reached.
“All of us share a commitment to our students’ academic success and understand the uncertainty that the strike has created. We absolutely respect the labour rights of our CUPE 3903 instructors. By returning to work while both parties make a sincere effort to work with the Commissioner to find a resolution, we can ensure that our students can complete their year,” Interim Provost Lisa Philipps said.
York will cooperate fully with the Industrial Inquiry Commission.