Are We There Yet?
In the war of attrition that is the strike at York University, York officials have played their trump card: they have requested that Ontario’s minister of labour direct a supervised CUPE 3903 membership vote. According to the university’s website, school officials believe the union’s management has created an unnecessary stalemate and that it refuses to offer any conciliatory terms its members might accept. York has stated that it has opted for this measure because CUPE 3903 has refused to take all outstanding contract obligations to binding arbitration, which would end the strike. Separate votes will be required for each of CUPE 3903’s bargaining units (contract faculty, TAs, and GAs) and a voting date has yet to be determined by the minister of labour.