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Members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1, which represents some 6,000 teaching assistants, exam invigilators and other academic staff, voted today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to send a tentative agreement between the university and the union to a ratification vote of the entire membership.

A CUPE representative confirmed that today’s vote count was 789 to 739, with eight spoiled.

“The University of Toronto is very pleased CUPE 3902 Unit 1 has agreed to let its members vote on the new tentative agreement reached between the University and CUPE on March 18,” the university said in a statement. 

“We are pleased to see this agreement go before our full membership,” said CUPE 3902 chair Erin Black. “If ratified, this agreement will lock in gains for our members for the duration of the agreement.”

Black encouraged eligible members to “be engaged and involved in this very important decision-making process.”

On Tuesday, the university sent an offer through the conciliator that was then rejected by the CUPE 3902 bargaining team. The bargaining team then presented a counter offer that was accepted by the university.

The CUPE 3902 bargaining team’s recommendation was reportedly not unanimous.

The ratification vote will be held all weekend.

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