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York remains in talks

York University and the union representing its striking workers have still not reached an agree­ment, but it’s a good sign that talks haven’t broken down, said a union member.

York University and the union representing its striking workers have still not reached an agree­ment, but it’s a good sign that talks haven’t broken down, said a union member.

“Talks are still going on — that’s a very good thing,” said Christina Rousseau, chair of CUPE 3903.

University officials and union representatives will resume bargaining today after negotiations ended late last night. The two sides have been working with a mediator since Saturday.

The strike has shut down campus since Nov. 6, when 3,400 teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants walked off the job. This is the third attempt at reaching an agreement.

Workers are demanding better job security, benefits, wages and a two-year contract that will expire at the same time as other Ontario university unions, giving the Canadian Union of Public Employees more province-wide bargaining clout.

 
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