A strike by contract faculty at the University of Toronto that had been set for today has been averted after a tentative agreement was reached yesterday.

Local 3902 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees said 1,200 sessional teaching staff who belong to Unit 3 reached a tentative settlement with the university’s administration at 3 a.m. yesterday.

“We’re relieved to have averted a strike for the sake of our students,” said union spokeswoman Leslie Jermyn, who is a sessional lecturer in anthropology.

She said it was also a relief not to have gone until the 11th hour of bargaining.

“What we tried to do in these negotiations was make sure that we could bring something home for everybody in this contract,” Jermyn said.

One key issue was wages.

“People teaching courses at U of T are still making significantly less than people teaching courses at York (University),” said Jermyn.

Job security was another big issue, Jermyn said, because contract teachers had none.