National union takes over York University local

by E Wayne Ross on November 4, 2009

Globe and Mail: National union takes over York University local

‘Serious financial issues’ prompting local executive to vote for new administrator include debt topping $1-million, poor record-keeping

The union local that shut down York University in one of the longest strikes in Canadian campus history has been taken over by the national executive because of “serious financial issues,” including a ballooning debt pegged at more than $1-million and a failure to keep adequate records.

The York local, which represents 3,300 contract faculty and teaching and research assistants, was placed under the administration of the national wing of the Canadian Union of Public Employees last week at the request of the local’s executive. A forensic audit is planned, as well as an investigation into charges of intimidation and harassment of local members.