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Western reaches tentative deal with graduate teaching assistants

Two thousand graduate teaching assistants (GTA) at Western University have reached a tentative deal with the school.

Details are not known but the last contract was 'overwhelmingly' rejected by university's 2,000 TAs

Western University has reached a tentative labour deal with about 2,000 graduate teaching assistants. (Dave Chidley/CBC)

Two thousand graduate teaching assistants (GTA) at Western University have reached a tentative deal with the school.

According to the university, negotiating teams agreed to a set of terms early Friday morning. 

"Details of the tentative contract will not be released publicly until both sides have had an opportunity to vote," Western University said in a written statement. 

The TAs had voted "overwhelmingly" in favour to reject the last contract April 13. That put them in a legal strike position and a quick return to the bargaining table. 

Western had offered the teaching assistants a three per cent increase over two years, which would have given them an hourly rate of $45.83 as of September 1, 2019, according to union documents.

Union officials said the increase would only cover the cost of inflation.

TAs will be asked to vote on the new agreement April 26 and 27. Western's Board of Governors also need to ratify the agreement.

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