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U of T Faculty Vote In Favour Of Strike If Negotiations Fail

No, you're not experiencing a case of déjà vu. But yes, another Ontario post-secondary school could potentially be going on strike soon, and for very similar reasons to that led to the massive Ontario college strike that lasted for five long weeks. 

In news that broke early Thursday morning, it was announced that contract faculty at the University of Toronto have unanimously voted in favour of striking, with 91 per cent of the involved faculty voting "yes" to a strike. 

This news comes at a time when the contract faculty are currently in negotiations with the university to address issues of unequal pay and "precarious labour" that, as seen in Ontario colleges, have made contract faculty incredibly angry. 

According to The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union representing the contract faculty, the workers currently involved in the negotiations who voted in favour of a strike mandate include nonstudent sessional lecturers, writing instructors and music professionals.

The CUPE also said that the biggest issues these contract faculty members are facing is the little to no job security and unequal pay for the same work as full-time faculty, which are exactly the same major issues expressed by the striking faculty of Ontario colleges. 

After four months of bargaining, representatives of the faculty looking to strike claim that some progress has been made in terms of wage increases, but that the contract faculty want job security and permanent employment addressed. 

The contract faculty and university's council are scheduled to resume bargaining on Friday. The union members are hopeful that the strike mandate message will be “well received” by university negotiators and facilitate the bargaining process. 

Source: The Star 

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