About 2,300 teaching assistants at the University of British Columbia are expected to go on strike Monday.
They served the university 72-hour notice Friday afternoon after voting 76% in favour of strike action on Wednesday.
The union has been in negotiations for more than two years and in mediation since April. The last contract expired in 2010.
CUPE 2278 incoming president Trish Everett says the call for the strike came from the members and reflects the growing frustration with the lack of progress in talks.
"Despite all that time in mediation, we have made virtually no progress on our core issues," Everett said in a press statement. "So we feel we have to resort to job action to move the process along.
"We have two major issues apart from wages, and those issues have not been fully dealt with at the table. For our membership, two per cent wage increases don't mean much because we are students facing two per cent tuition increases every year, so we need some form of tuition waiver or protection from annual tuition increases."
Everett says the other main issue is for an extended hiring preference that would give student employees some job security in their final years as graduate students and acknowledge the extra time it takes to complete a degree.