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At U of T, the administration’s position is, to put it mildly, ridiculous.

Graduate students at U of T receive a minimum funding package of $15,000 a year. This amount hasn’t increased since 2008, and it’s well below the $19,307 poverty line for a single adult living in Toronto. After 12 months of negotiation the university hasn’t budged – it’s still offering $15,000.

Graduate students currently make $42.05 an hour but are limited to 205 hours a year. U of T has offered to pay $43.97 an hour but will cap the number of hours at 180 starting September 2017. So instead of making $8,965.06 graduate students will actually make $8,231.18 – which is $733.88 less.

Absurdly, they will still have to do the same amount of work. Papers are not magically going to take less time to mark and class times will not suddenly run 45 minutes instead of an hour. If anything, Teaching Assistants will likely have more work to do two years from now, as classes and tutorials get bigger every year...

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