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York students not sure if strike is over

The York University strike is finally over – not. 

After three months, 1,100 contract faculty members currently on strike will return to York on Monday after voting (then re-voting) to accept the university's latest offer.

While that might sound great, there's still another 1,900 teaching and graduate assistants who are still on strike, making it very confusing for everyone who's wondering if they should go back to school or not. 

The whole ordeal's been tough for everyone who's been involved in this bitter battle between York administration and CUPE Local 3903 – especially for all 50,000 of the university's students affected by the barrage of labour conflicts since 2015. 

Many students are convinced that the strike is over, not realizing that two of three contract worker groups are still negotiating with York. Who has the heart to tell them?

The whole situation has been up in the air since March 5, when contract faculty members walked off the job to protest York. Since then there've been countless ups and downs, but nothing as significant as over 1,000 votes in favour of ending the strike. 

Those whose classes have resumed due to the vote are clambering to get back into the school zone after months of being in full-fledged summer vacay mode. 

For some, the fact that resuming classes means that school will go on into the summer months is infuriating, understandably so. 

Others seem to have given up on the idea of a full resolution to the strike completely: the future looks bleak. 

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