York U, striking union still negotiating Sunday
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Sunday, January 4, 2009 2:01PM EST
Talks are ongoing between York University and a striking union that has stopped classes for nearly 50,000 students since Nov. 6. as the two sides meet behind closed doors Sunday.
The last attempt at negotiations was about a month ago, but a mediator called it off after saying the two sides were still too far apart.
A union spokesperson told CP24 that the two sides met for nearly 11 hours on Saturday, and some progress has been made - but specifics were not given.
CUPE 3903 members have rejected an offer of a 9.25 per cent wage increase over three years and are instead seeking 11 per cent over two years, along with better job security. The striking union represents mostly teaching assistants and contract faculty.
To make up for the lost time -- when a deal is finally reached -- Reading Week will be cancelled, and both terms and exam periods will be shortened.
Some students are worried their degrees won't mean as much because they haven't had enough time in the classroom, but York says it is working to ensure students get a meaningful degree and proper evaluation.