CUPE 3902 and representatives from U of T met last week to discuss claims that CUPE 3902 made publicly against the university last December, alleging that the university negotiated in “bad faith” following last year’s strike.
In an email to The Medium, Ryan Culpepper, chair of CUPE 3902, called Monday’s meeting “productive”.
“We are continuing to work toward a settlement in the hope of avoiding a long and difficult hearing at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. We remain hopeful that U of T will find a way to right the unfair situation it has created for our members.”
Culpepper did not respond to questions about details of the meeting or any outcomes produced.
In a statement released on December 9, CUPE 3902 made claims alleging that the university provided the union with “inaccurate and misleading data related to the new Graduate Student Bursary Fund”.
The day after the statement was released, U of T’s director of media relations, Althea Blackburn-Evans, released a statement to The Medium on behalf of VP human resources and equity Angela Hildyard to address the claims made by CUPE 3902. The statement denied the claims made by the union.
According to Culpepper, CUPE 3902 and U of T have set an additional three days of mediation this April.