The York propaganda machine is steaming ahead in these tense times with the recent media release on their site. The University is calling for immediate acceptance by the Union for binding arbitration and offering students a return to “classes immediately” if the Union accepts the offer. The University is looking for undergraduate support right now to pressure the Union to accept the 9.25% increase over a 3 year contract offer.
The University’s apparent motivation is to get “our 50,000 students can return to class.” The same message is repeated over and over again throughout the release. According to the article, it is not the intention of the University to devalue the the collective agreements of the Union as the Employer has no “proposals on the table which would result in a reduction of wages or benefits.” And, that CUPE 3903 enjoys some of the highest wages and benefits in Canada.
From the University’s publication it seems that the Union will not sit down unless the University offers a better deal (ie. 2 year contract) and that the University will not offer that. Between the lines, it is clear that the only way this is going to get resolved is by binding arbitration. It is fair to assume at this point that the Union and the University will not be sitting down anytime soon unless it is with a Provincial mediator in between.
The University is starting to look like the good guy from the undergraduate perspective. They are trying to get us back into school as soon as possible and avoid another possible labour disruption in 2010 by proposing only 3 year contract deals.
We are becoming the pawns in this conflict. The Union is holding us hostage and hoping that the University will break under the pressure and the University is trying to delegigtimise the Union’s actions.
Talk it out guys. We can do what we think is the “right” thing to do or whatever will get us back into class quickly.