If the vote by striking York University teaching assistants and contract faculty fails, the province should move in with back-to-work legislation to get 50,000 students back to class by next week, Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory said yesterday.
“Let’s hope the vote goes well, but if not, Mr. McGuinty needs to call the legislature back and pass legislation to have classes going again no later than Monday,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday after meeting with a small group of York students about the strike, now in its 11th week.
About 1,000 of the 3,340 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 voted yesterday on York’s latest offer, a move the university forced through the provincial labour ministry.
Voting continues today and results should be available tonight. If the offer is approved, students could be back in class Thursday.