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Back-to-work legislation sends York students back to class

The third-longest faculty strike at a Canadian university ended Thursday after Ontario enacted legislation that will force teachers back into the classroom at York University after 85 days on the picket line.

The third-longest faculty strike at a Canadian university ended Thursday after Ontario enacted legislation that will force teachers back into the classroom at York University after 85 days on the picket line.

While students expressed mixed emotions about spending the summer in school, union officials voiced outrage over a back-to-work bill they say tramples on the constitutional rights of all Ontario workers.

About 45,000 students will be able to return to class Monday after wandering in the academic wilderness since Nov. 6, when 3,400 teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants walked off the job.