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CUPE to vote on tentative agreement in UofT strike

A tentative agreement between the University of Toronto and striking members of CUPE 3902 will be put to a vote by the union this weekend.
CUPE represents about 4,000 teaching assistants and other non-tenured staff at U of T, and another 6,000 at York University, who are also on strike. (Michael Charles Cole)

A tentative agreement between the University of Toronto and striking members of CUPE 3902 will be put to a vote by the union this weekend. 

A union meeting on Friday evening voted 789 to 739 in favour of sending the agreement for ratification by the full membership, which walked off the job three weeks ago. 

CUPE represents about 4,000 teaching assistants and other non-tenured staff at U of T, and another 6,000 at York University, who are also on strike. 

Members of 3902 Unit 1 will vote all weekend on whether to accept the tentative deal. 

The move follows an act of vandalism on campus which some attributed to the strike. 

Simcoe Hall, a prominent building which houses the university president's office, as well as the office of the governing council, was spray painted early Friday with the word "shame." 

The union denied any involvement. 

"The solidarity that we, and the movement, that we've built doesn't need this action to make any kind of point," said CUPE 3902 spokesman Craig Smith. 

Police are investigating. The paint, which was water-based, was removed. 

A worker removes graffiti from the University of Toronto's Simcoe Hall. (Lorenda Reddekopp/CBC)

With files from Lorenda Reddekopp

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