Deal or No Deal?
As has been widely reported, York University has presented CUPE local 3903 with a new settlement offer, and asked the union to put the deal to its membership for a vote as soon as possible. Unfortunately, any hopes that this may signal the beginning of the end are misplaced. In an interview with Torontoist this evening, a representative of CUPE 3903 said that “bargaining is ongoing” and that any talk of a deal is premature. The union has a regularly scheduled membership meeting tomorrow at which the latest developments will be discussed, but there are no plans to put the administration’s proposal up for ratification at this time. While some progress has been made in this most recent round of talks, union leaders feel that not all issues have been fully addressed—prime among these the need to provide job security for contract faculty. The union representative described the administration’s decision to publicize the offer as “disappointing,” and an unfortunate media ploy. CUPE 3903 plans to present York with a counteroffer later this week.