03/26/2015 07:53 EDT | Updated 05/26/2015 05:59 EDT

University of Toronto strike over as CUPE 3902 workers enter binding arbitration

Striking University of Toronto teaching assistants and other unionized workers will be back at work Friday after voting overwhelmingly to enter binding arbitration.

CUPE 3902 Unit 1, which represents the some 6,000 U of T workers, said its members voted 942 for and 318 against entering binding arbitration at a Thursday evening vote.

U of T President Meric Gertler said he was "very pleased" to hear the union had agreed to end the strike, which started on Feb. 27. 

"We are enormously relieved that the strike is over. And we share a commitment to resolving all remaining complications caused by the strike as soon as possible," Gertler said in a news release.

The university offered to send the contract negotiations to arbitration earlier this week after the union membership narrowly voted down a tentative agreement worked out by the local's executive. 

Under binding arbitration, an independent, neutral third party, would arbitrate all matters that remain in dispute and determine a final resolution that both parties would have to accept, the university said in a statement.