Pressure is being put on the University of Regina to get a deal done with CUPE local 2419, which represents the schools teacher and resident assistants.
A rally was held to highlight negotiation talks Wednesday at the administrative-Humanities building.
CUPE 2419 President Yassine El Bahlouli said the cost for TA’s and RA’s to go to school is getting unbearable.
“Our current agreement concluded in 2016, and we haven’t seen any pay increases in two years,” El Bahlouli said. “In the mean time, our tuition is going up, especially for international students by three times.”
NDP education critic Carla Beck was at the rally. She said the lack of funding for education from the provincial government has led to this problem.
“We’ve seen the provincial government under-fund education at every level from Pre-K all the way to post-secondary,” Beck said. “Two years in a row, we saw the government not only under-fund post-secondary education institutions in the budget, but also claw back money at mid-year, millions of dollars at mid-year.”
Saskatchewan branch of CUPE President Tom Graham said the provincial government has some serious choices to make.
“They’re making poor choices, education is fundamental to any society, these folks pay a lot of money, they try to supplement their income a bit by helping out in teaching, and they’re not being compensated for it,” Graham said. “It’s unfair and it’s wrong.”
Graham, along with other dignitaries and union members, marched around the building and held speeches to bring awareness to their cause.