Today's Date: April 19, 2024
H2 Green Mining and Ohmium Sign Agreement to Boost Green Hydrogen in Chile   •   Solar Sector Sees $8.1 Billion in Corporate Funding in Q1 2024, Reports Mercom Capital Group   •   ALSCO UNIFORMS DONATES $100,000 TO SPEEDWAY CHILDREN'S CHARITIES   •   Anta Kids joins hands with teenagers to launch running events in five cities, showcasing the essence of Chinese culture   •   Elevating "She Power": Yiwugo.com's "Most Excellent Female Bosses" Party Fosters Female Development   •   Women's Infrastructure Network Virtually Opens the Market   •   Kontoor Brands Declares Quarterly Dividend   •   US Consumers’ 2024 Sustainability Score Declines and Lags the Global Average, According to New Report   •   Gotodoctor acquires Industry Veteran Kevin Dougherty to its advisor board   •   Ziegler Advises Retirement Housing Foundation on The Sale Of 15-Community Portfolio   •   Investigation by the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre results in the arrest of a Gatineau man for distribution and   •   Momcozy Unveils a Sneak Peek of Its Much-Anticipated Mother's Day Campaign   •   Adhering to Asthma Medication is Safe for Pregnant Women with Asthma   •   Consolidated Communications Releases 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance Report   •   New Jersey Natural Gas to Reduce Fleet Emissions with Neste MY Renewable Diesel   •   Avangrid Thanks Southern Connecticut Gas Employee for 51 Years of Service   •   Women MAKE Awards Recognize Excellence In Manufacturing   •   Two 1440 Media Marketing Leaders Honored as Top Women In Media & Ad Tech   •   MCR and BLT Complete $632 Million Refinancing of 53-Hotel Portfolio   •   AGCO Leader Wins 2024 Women MAKE Award
Bookmark and Share

York University Academic Workers Vote to Strike Monday

TORONTO , February 23 /Businesswire/ - Three thousand contract instructors, teaching assistants and graduate assistants at York University will be on strike Monday morning unless their employer comes back to the table with a real plan to address the affordability crisis.

“We’re struggling to make ends meet. Basic needs like housing and food have skyrocketed in price, but the wages for people who do the majority of teaching at York have been falling further and further behind,” said Erin McIntosh, PhD Student and CUPE 3903 spokesperson. “The employer is still making an offer that is far below the rising cost of living. Who can afford to work at York anymore?”

Academic workers were on strike in 2018 and were legislated back to work by the Ford government without a resolution to the issues that led to the strike.

The Ford government then passed the unconstitutional Bill 124 that restricted wages to 1 percent per year at a time of record inflation. That law was subsequently struck down by the courts because it was unconstitutional, but York has yet to address the imbalance it created.

“For workers who are also students, it’s making York unaffordable. It’s putting a university education out of the reach of people. This is a question about equity and access,” said McIntosh.

The affordability issues are also affecting the quality of education, she said. As academic workers are forced to live further and further from campus and take on second or third jobs to make ends meet, that means less time to work with students.

Picket lines are expected to go up on Monday, and the workers will be joined by faculty, other campus workers, students and labour leaders at 11:00 AM for a rally outside York University subway station.

“We don’t want to be in this position, but things are at a breaking point. The university needs to get serious about bargaining in a way that addresses the issues of affordability and equity,” said McIntosh.

:PC/COPE491


STORY TAGS: North America, Canada, Advisory, Event, Professional Services, Education, Public Policy/Government, DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Labor, University, Ontario,

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News