Minister's Statement Regarding York University Strike
Today, Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development issued the following statement:
"Since the strike began at York University, I have been clear that our focus is on students and their learning. Our priority has always been to see students back in the classroom as quickly as possible to continue their education.
It is disappointing that an agreement has not yet been reached between CUPE 3903 and York University.
The Minister of Labour has now appointed experienced mediator-arbitrator Bill Kaplan to lead an Industrial Inquiry Commission to facilitate a resolution to this dispute. Mr. Kaplan will be responsible for identifying key issues in the dispute, investigating the dispute's underlying causes and assessing prospects of settlement. As a neutral third party, Mr. Kaplan will report back to the Minister of Labour on outstanding issues and what, if any, steps can be taken to address them. Mr. Kaplan's report is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.
I want to see York students completing this semester as soon as possible. This is a very difficult situation, and I know some students are currently facing challenges related to completing courses, finishing workplace training and finding employment.
I strongly urge the parties to work collaboratively with Mr. Kaplan, and with each other, to resolve this dispute as soon as possible."