Contract staff, teaching assistants and graduate assistants at Toronto’s York University, home to Osgoode Hall Law School, have chosen to strike after their shared labour union, CUPE 3903, rejected the university’s “final offer” after six months of financial negotiation. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. today.
While those particular types of staff members at the law school will be affected, classes are scheduled to proceed as usual. But the majority of the law school’s staff members are full-time or adjunct faculty, unaffected by the strike and part of different labour unions, says Lorne Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall.
Sossin says that the majority of courses requiring TAs at the law school are a small cohort of first-year tutorials that will be suspended and one of which is already complete and only requires grading. It is a case-by-case situation, however.