Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ont. Government Calls on Parties to Enter Arbitration to End York U Strike

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ont. Government Calls on Parties to Enter Arbitration to End York U Strike

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Arbitration recommended to end York U strike

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TORONTO - The provincial government is calling on all sides in the York University strike to agree to arbitration to end the two-month-old dispute.

More than 3,000 York graduate teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate research assistants walked off the job March 5 in a dispute over wages and job security.

Last month, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn appointed William Kaplan to examine the remaining issues in the dispute and report on any steps that can be taken to address them.

Flynn says Kaplan has found that the parties have reached an impasse.

He says Kaplan recommends the government call on the striking faculty and the university to enter into consensual interest arbitration.

Flynn and Advanced Education Minister Mitzie Hunter say the government accepts Kaplan's recommendations and urged the parties in the dispute to begin the arbitration process "as quickly as possible. …

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