By Basil El-Salviti
At approximately 3:20 pm this afternoon I received a phone call from Alex Bilyk,
York’s media relations representative.
Currently, there is no meeting scheduled with the union. The union continues to
reject the university offer of binding arbitration, which is an offer that
brings a third neutral party to the negotiation table. Binding arbitration,
according to Alex, is a very rare offer for an employer to offer – the offer,
Alex says, would have averted the current strike.
Some students, on and off of this website, have asked me whether next weeks
rally will incriminate them in some way – whether it be expulsion, or charges
laid. As long as students do not violate any laws, and everything is legal,
there should be no reason to worry. York is a school with a body of students
who have often flirted with activism, and so those students should just ensure
they do not do anything illegal.
I asked Alex to keep us updated with regards to any impending negotiations. At
this point, negotiations for the week are up in the air. Let’s hope for the
best, as it looks likely to be a long week folks.