I know a lot of you are really concerned about the length of this strike so I have drawn up a letter to send to the Ontario Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne.
Copy and paste this letter and email to the Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use your YorkU email addresses for obvious legitimacy.
Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Education
Provincial Government of Ontario
As undergraduate university students in Toronto, Ontario we face some of the highest tuition and living costs in Canada. We recognise the need for labour negotiations between our local CUPE 3903 union, representing a large portion of our teaching faculty, and York University. However, we feel that we are innocent bystanders in these events as we have so little power even though we are a community that is directly affected. Many of us have to work summer jobs to pay for tuition again in September, are trying to graduate to enter the work force or applying to graduate schools. If the union and the university do not resolve these issues expediently many of our educational and vocational plans will be interrupted. There are thousands of us who will have to drop out of the current school year to get jobs so that we can return in September. For many, not working for several weeks less in the summer is simply not a financial option. The current strike is looking like it will last a couple of weeks considering that some of the Union’s key demands have not been sufficiently addressed by the University and the Union has rejected the packages offered the University. We do not want a repeat of the 2000/2001 strike at York University that lasted 12 weeks.
We, the undergraduate students of York University ask you, Madame Minister and the Ministry of Education of Ontario to pressure the parties to resolve this labour disruption and give the tens of thousands of undergraduate students at York University a voice.
York University Undergraduate Students