McMaster looks to CUPE to join them at the bargaining table

The university has been in touch with the provincially appointed mediator to confirm with CUPE that we are willing to meet today, tomorrow, or anytime to receive a meaningful counteroffer. The last offer was presented by the university on November 18 — before CUPE announced the strike that began on November 21. 

CUPE 3906 Unit 1, represents 2,850 part-time Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants in lieu.  

“Our goal has always been to get back to the table to negotiate a fair contract. We are disappointed we have not received a counteroffer from CUPE,” said Susan Tighe, provost and vice-president (Academic). “We know our community wants to see an end to this strike, and so does the university.” 

Taking care of our students and their academic success continues to be the focus of our faculty, staff and of our extensive contingency planning. Campus remains open, most classes are taking place as scheduled and exams are proceeding. 

McMaster supports the right of CUPE members to join the strike as well as their right to choose to continue working. Close to half of CUPE’s members have chosen to continue working. More than 45%, or 1,285 TAs and RAs, are at work and ensuring student courses are continuing to be delivered. Between 60 to 75% of TAs and RAs remain on the job in some faculties.  

“We are all part of the same community and especially now it is vital that we maintain respect for all members of the university,” said Tighe.  

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