The University of Toronto and CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1, which has about 6,000 members, mostly teaching assistants, have reached a tentative agreement.
A CUPE Local 3902 press release said that the Unit 1 Bargaining Team voted unanimously to recommend the tentative agreement.
According to Kevin Wilson, a communications representative with CUPE, the deal was reached around 2:45 am this morning after both sides agreed to extend negotiations.
Wilson says that details of the tentative agreement will not be released until members meet to review and vote on whether to hold a ratification vote.
That meeting is scheduled for today at 3:30 pm in Convocation Hall.
“We are very pleased to announce a tentative agreement between the University of Toronto and the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 bargaining unit. In reaching this tentative agreement we are happy that our students can continue to focus on their studies without disruption,” said Angela Hildyard, U of T vice-president, human resources and equity.
However, early reports suggested that some were dissatisfied with the tentative agreement. “I appreciate the efforts of our bargaining team, but this is not even close to the bargaining commitments we set months ago,” said one commenter on the press release.
“This is awful. On the one hand you kept stressing how much we are far under the poverty line, but then you actually do nothing to change that,” said another commenter.