York and other universities are spaces where differences must be expressed openly, honestly and without fear. We value diversity, including the diversity of thought as an essential ingredient in a learning environment. We understand and respect those who may have different perspectives, and especially at this challenging time, we continue to urge all community members to do the same.
York University remains open and classes that can continue will continue, as they have since the strike by CUPE 3903 began on March 5.
We recognize and value the varied opinion of members of the York University Senate, which conducted a vote on two hortative non-binding (advisory) motions at its meeting today.
York will return to the bargaining table when CUPE 3903 chooses to table items that will lead to a settlement. To clarify the university's offer presented to the union on Tuesday, March 20th, we have updated our bargaining positions page with detailed summaries of the offers to Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3 outlining our latest offer, which remains the best compensation and benefits package in the province.
In the best interests of our students, York returned to the bargaining table in good faith today prepared to listen, discuss and negotiate a way forward to end the strike.
While a number of issues were settled, we still remain far apart on wages and two significant issues which York sees as critical to our fundamental principles of academic excellence and our students’ academic success, specifically CUPE 3903’s positions on:
In the best interests of our students and the York community, the University, through the mediator, informed CUPE 3903 that it is prepared to return to the bargaining table with the mediator’s assistance on Tuesday March 20th
Our commitment and the focus of our efforts since the outset of negotiations six months ago have been on reaching a negotiated settlement with CUPE 3903 or, in the alternative, for us collectively to agree to refer any matters that remained outstanding to an independent third party to make a fair and binding decision.
York University has issued responses to two open letters written by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, as well as our academic colleagues at York University.
Since bargaining began last fall, York University has been committed to reaching a new collective agreement with no disruption to the school year.
We were disappointed when CUPE 3903 voted to reject the university’s final offer and their decision to go on strike. We were disappointed that the bargaining team did not invite members to vote on our offer of arbitration on some of the toughest issues where we disagree.
By now, you will have learned that following six months of negotiations, CUPE 3903 has rejected the University’s best offer to reach a renewed settlement (or collective agreement), presented on March 1.
After six months of bargaining, CUPE 3903 formally rejected York’s best offer Friday. At the same time, CUPE 3903 announced that its members had passed a motion to allow for bargaining over the weekend.