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.
Scholar and activist
Erin Black is the Chair of CUPE 3902, the union representing Teaching Assistants and Contract Instructors at the University of Toronto. She also serves on the Contract Academic Staff Committee for the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Erin is also a sessional lecturer in the Department of History/Historical Studies. She is a former Fulbright Scholar with a PhD in History.
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