Union rejects YorkU’s call for binding arbitration

April 13, 2018

In a bid to salvage the remainder of the school year, York University President Rhonda Lenton reportedly asked the union to agree to binding arbitration. CUPE 3903 refused Lenton’s request, however, and stated to CBC that the university has made no effort to negotiate. Lina Nasr, a doctoral student and member of the union’s bargaining team, stated that arbitration would “set a bad example.” “In the six weeks of the strike they have only met with us once. They need to make an effort to actually negotiate,” Nasr added. President Lenton has responded to CUPE 3903 insisting that with only six weeks remaining in the school year, the university is “at that point of last resort” where binding arbitration is necessary. CBC