YorkU classes resume but strike continues

Published On March 17, 2015 | By Laura Dart | News
TA's and contract faculty from York University picket for a better agreement with the school on March 3, 2015. (Willy Phan)

TA’s and contract faculty from York University picket for a better agreement with the school on March 3, 2015. (Willy Phan)

By Edward Bayley

York University has resumed more classes for certain faculties starting Tuesday and more faculties are set to resume on Monday, March 23.

Resumed Classes

According to the latest labor disruption update the school of arts, media performance and design, faculty of education, Glendon College, Faculty of Health (the classes that aren’t already resumed), and Faculty of Science will be continuing with classes Tuesday.

On Monday the Faculty of Environmental Studies, and more classes within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, will resume.

There is a complete list of the classes that have started up again here.

Campus Chaos

Students who returned to class Tuesday were met with traffic issues on campus.

Students on Twitter blamed the issues not on the protesting picket lines, but on the school for resuming classes.

Strike So Far

York University teaching assistants and contract staff went on strike on March 3 after they failed to reach a contract agreement with the school.

Classes remained cancelled after two of the three bargaining units rejected another settlement on March 9, but contract faculty were no longer on strike after reaching a settlement that Monday night.

Faiz Ahmed, the chair of CUPE 3093 (the union the striking TA’s and contract faculty are a part of) said the strike is mainly a matter of job security. He said the workers he represents are slotted into a course every year and have no guarantee they’ll be teaching that course year after year.

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