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Dalhousie, teaching assistants’ union reach tentative deal

CUPE 3912 members have been on strike since Oct. 19 to push for higher wages

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A CUPE 3912 striker pickets at Dalhousie University on Nov. 9.
caption A CUPE 3912 striker pickets in front of the Henry Hicks Building at Dalhousie University on Nov. 9. The union reached a tentative agreement with Dal a day earlier.
Luke Dyment

Dalhousie University has reached a tentative collective agreement with the union representing teaching assistants, markers and part-time instructors, three weeks into a strike.

CUPE 3912 members met Tuesday evening to discuss the tentative deal but have not yet voted on it.

Union members walked off the job on Oct. 19 to push for higher wages. They also want better benefits and better work conditions. The strike will continue until members vote in favour of an agreement.

“It is expected that a ratification vote will be held as quickly as possible and, if successful, CUPE employees will return to work in the coming days,” Chris Hattie, acting assistant vice-president human resources, said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Classes taught by striking CUPE members have been cancelled. Members aren’t grading assignments or helping students with new projects.

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