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As a U of T Student I'm Striking Over Funding, Not Hourly Wages

Administrators at the University of Toronto have consistently engaged in spin tactics and deception when explaining the offer they were willing to make the graduate students, now on strike, who largely make up CUPE 3902 Unit 1. These tactics are employed to distract the public from the fact that these crucial employees have guaranteed funding of only $15,000, putting them at 35 per cent below the poverty line. Their focus on the hourly wage made by graduate students is intentionally deceptive, and obscures the University's unwillingness to budge on the two main concerns of graduate students.
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Dear U of T: What Is "Generous" About Living Below the Poverty Line?

Through multiple statements to the media, Cheryl Regehr, the Provost at the University of Toronto, has said that a proposed agreement for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Course Instructors (CIs) was "generous." She expresses her "disappointment" that last week more than 90 per cent of the 1,000 members present at the meeting voted to reject the proposed agreement. What she fails to mention is why the agreement was rejected, which was because it fails to address the core concern of Unit 1 members -- the $15,000 funding package that currently sits more than $8,000 below the poverty line.
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U of T's Generous Teaching Assistant Agreement Is Nothing to Strike Over

Late last week, the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902 Unit 1 reached a tentative agreement to raise teaching assistants' wages to one of the highest levels in Canada along with substantial improvements to benefits. The University's and CUPE's bargaining teams both unanimously endorsed the agreement as being in the best interests of the University and our teaching assistants. I was on site early last Friday morning to shake hands with the CUPE bargaining team and hear their endorsement for the deal forged on behalf of their members. Unfortunately, at a meeting of only 800 out of 6,000 total CUPE members, those present decided to take all the members out on strike.