It’s been three weeks since teaching assistants, contract faculty and other staff went on strike at York University. They are protesting what they call unfair working conditions.
Since then, classes have been in session but students have apparently received mixed messages from the faculty members on what is going on, making it hard for them to get the education they paid for. On top of the confusion during the strike, students have had to cross the picket lines just to attend classes they paid thousands for.
But there is some light at the end of this chaotic tunnel, that will hopefully have student getting the full education they paid for.
The university and the union are set to get back to the bargaining table on Tuesday of this week in the hopes of ending the strike as soon as possible.
While the strike has created confusion for many students, those who choose not to do course work during the strike can rest assured that they can't be penalized according to university policy.
The union for the staff, CUPE 3903, released a statement in which it says "We want to come to a negotiated settlement in good faith. This means that York must table counter-proposals that address our priorities. We are willing to be flexible, but this commitment must be returned."
The union also says it is concerned that "York's recent communication fails to acknowledge the key issues members have indicated on numerous occasions."
You can read the full statement pictured below.
With any luck though this will be the final round of negotiations necessary to end the strike to that students can finally get the full support that they need for their education.