Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 10, 2015 16:03 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: CUPE to call on U of T, York and Wynne government to play fair with working families

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 10, 2015) - Tomorrow, striking parents and caregivers, who make a living as adjunct instructors, teaching assistants, or graduate assistants from around the GTA, will call on the province and university administrations to play fair with them at the bargaining table.

York University's teaching staff are partially striking over the employer's refusal to increase day care subsidies and the poor conditions for parental leaves. Similarly, University of Toronto teaching assistants are frustrated by the lack of a funding package that would bring them over the poverty line. Most striking parents, caregivers, and their allies who plan to rally today, agree that the problem is much broader.

"Being a graduate student and a parent are two, full-time jobs. The University of Toronto has not increased the $15,000 fellowship in over seven years. Is it too much to ask for a funding package that we can live off of? We call on the U of T administration to come back to the bargaining table," said Mauricio Suchowlansky, a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto and the father of a two-year-old daughter.

Working families are put into an especially difficult position as they need to balance increased workloads with child care responsibilities, which often means it takes them more time to complete their degrees.

Who: Striking CUPE 3902 and 3903 members and their supporters
What: Parent/Caregiver Rally in Support of CUPE 3902 and CUPE 3903 Strike
When: 3:30 p.m. on March 11, 2015
Where: King's College Circle, will march to Queen's Park afterwards
Why: To highlight the difficulties faced by parents and caregivers who also provide instruction at Ontario universities, and to press the administrations of University of Toronto and York University, as well as the Wynne government, to take the steps necessary to end the strikes at U of T and York

Contact Information

  • Omar Sirri
    CUPE 3902 Spokesperson
    604-783-7565

    Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications
    416-821-6641