To: University of Toronto
University of Toronto: Bring Student Workers Above the Poverty Line
Raise the minimum funding package from $15,000 to $23,000 (which is the poverty line for a family of 1 in large cities according to Statistics Canada). Bring us out of poverty!
Why is this important?
On Friday, Feb. 27th, union members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement from UofT that did not increase the funding package and instead offered a wage "increase" that was far from keeping up with inflation.
Teaching assistants, course instructors, and sessional faculty at the University of Toronto do 60% of the teaching, but earn only 3.5% of the budget. We deserve better.
Our working conditions are students' learning conditions. We aren't at our best-- as students or as teachers-- when we are up late worried about paying the bills. Let us focus on the work we love doing- teaching!
University of Toronto is Canada's largest university. The success of our efforts impacts teaching assistants, sessionals, and course instructors across the country. Help us send a message that no student workers or sessional (adjunct) faculty should live in poverty!
We are now on strike and hoping for a fast resolution so we can get out of the cold and back to teaching- but we are willing to strike as long as it takes!
How it will be delivered
Once the University of Toronto agrees to meet with us, our bargaining team will be able to present the signatures, demonstrating widespread support for student workers in the fight to get out of poverty!