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CUPE 3902 STRIKE SOLIDARITY

Dear UTGSU Members,

As CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members are also UTGSU members, and as their working conditions impact all of our working conditions, the UTGSU Executive expresses our solidarity and encourages all of our members to support the strike.

If you are a CUPE 3902 Unit 1 member (i.e. if you are a TA or Course Instructor), we encourage you to join in on the strike by ceasing all of your TA or Course Instructor work and joining a picket line. All CUPE 3902 members who join picket lines are eligible for strike pay.

If you are not a CUPE 3902 Unit 1 member, please consider joining a picket line in solidarity with strike efforts. Gains for CUPE 3902 members hold benefits for all graduate students.

To join a picket line, please visit Strike HQ, located in the basement lounge of the UTGSU Building at 16 Bancroft Ave.

For other ways to support the strike, see the Students for CUPE 3902 Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/17LOpww

Background:
On Friday, Feb. 27th, CUPE 3902 unit 1 members made it clear that they would not accept the tentative agreement offered by the University Administration because it did not address the fact that the minimum guaranteed funding package is far below the poverty-line at $15,000/year. The strike commenced immediately after this decision. Picket lines will began on Monday, March 2nd.

Funding and fees are of primary concern to most graduate students. The UTGSU Executive has, time and time again, expressed these concerns to the University Administration – explicitly stating that graduate students need to earn a living wage and that we are paying too much in tuition and fees. And time and time again the University Administration has responded by brushing aside our concerns. However, on Friday, 1,000 members of Unit 1 (who are also UTGSU members) decisively rejected the tentative agreement and demanded that they be given a better standard of living!

For more information go to http://cupe3902.org/.

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