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CUPE 3902 files labour complaint against U of T

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3902 (CUPE 3902), which represents teaching assistants, sessional lecturers, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Toronto, has filed an unfair labour practice complaint against the University of Toronto through the Ontario Labour Relations Board, effectively initiating a form of legal action against the university.

Representatives from CUPE 3902 released a public statement in which they allege that, during labour negotiations with the university last winter, the university administration were dealing in bad faith in that they did not report data related to the contentious Graduate Student Bursary Fund accurately.The university and CUPE 3902 entered into binding arbitration in March of this year in order to reach consensus on two unresolved grievances, one of which was the Graduate Student Bursary Fund. CUPE 3902 is now accusing the university of obfuscation. The statement alleges that the data relating to per-student funding on which the union had based their negotiating position was “out-dated, inaccurate and misleading.” The release goes on to suggest that the numbers provided by the university included other sources of income that “union members secured independently of their funding.”

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