Unit 1 of CUPE3902 has set a strike deadline on February 26th for the University of Toronto’s administration.

CUPE 3902 Unit 1 had a meeting on January 22 to discuss a strike deadline in the Convocation Hall at the St. George campus. According to an update posted on the CUPE 3902 website, the union adopted a strike deadline of February 26, with the last day of conciliation being February 7th .

On January 30, the Unit 1 Bargaining team plan to host a virtual townhall to update a wider audience on the negotiations that the union plans to discuss with the university.

At the beginning of January, CUPE filed to enter into a conciliation period with the university. The conciliation period signified that a third party appointed by the Ministry of Labour would assist in facilitating negotiations.

A rally has also been planned on February 7. The rally is held by CUPE 3902 to mobilize student support on the union’s last day of conciliation.

This past December, the union held a strike mandate vote in which 89.4 per cent were in support of a strike mandate.

In March of 2015, approximately 6,000 teaching assistants and course instructors from Unit 1 went on strike across the three U of T campuses for several weeks before reaching a tentative agreement with the university.

CUPE 3902 Unit 1 represents all teaching assistants and sessional lecturers at U of T.