Strike information – March 2015

Message from the Provost’s Office at the University of Toronto:  CUPE 3902 Unit 1 is now on strike.  Unit 1 members across all three campuses include Teaching Assistants, laboratory assistants, and graduate student course instructors.

The University and its facilities remain open. All University employees not represented by CUPE 3902 Unit 1 are expected to continue with their responsibilities at the University; this includes all staff, and faculty members and librarians.

We expect classes to proceed. However, some classes and most labs or tutorials may need to be suspended due to strike-related absences.  You should allow more time to reach campus and your class than usual due to possible picket lines.

For updates on the status of a particular course or lab, always consult Blackboard. Please check often, as the status of your course may change; a class or tutorial that is cancelled in a first week of a strike may not be in a second week. If you remain unclear about the status of a class or tutorial after consulting Blackboard, contact your instructor or, if the course instructor is on strike, contact the department’s Associate Chair, Undergraduate – Professor Robert Lewis lewis@geog.utoronto.ca.

For further information including FAQs and the very latest updates on the strike, please consult the University’s homepage at www.utoronto.caunder the Announcements section.

We are firmly committed to maintaining our academic programs so that our students can continue learning and complete the academic requirements of their courses and programs within a reasonable time frame. The University has been preparing for some time in order to minimize adverse impact of the strike on our students.

The University is committed to reaching a settlement for a renewal collective agreement and an expeditious end to the strike and will update our community regularly about latest developments.