The Syndicat des étudiants employés de l’UQAM says it represents about 3,000 workers who work at different times throughout the year, mainly as teachers’ assistants. About 1,900 were on strike Monday. After two years without a contract, SÉTUE said its bargaining session with the university last week yielded no progress and the members decided to proceed with a strike.
The university said on its website that classes have not been cancelled and that the entrance to the Judith-Jasmin building at the métro level was closed as a security measure.
Jenny Desrochers, director of media relations, said picketing is allowed, but blocking doors is not, so the university will continue to monitor the situation. She also said that the unlimited strike was voted on before the university even had a chance to file a new offer after the most recent negotiations.