You’ve probably heard by now. York’s made 3903 a final offer. And it’s a damn good one. In fact, it’s better than York offered any other locals. Almost as if York capitulated just a little. Just enough to reward 3903 for ruining this academic year. For totally ruining this year when it comes to anything remotely academic.
Fair enough. Sometimes, to save the babies, you’ve got to drink bathwater. Trouble is, though, that this here 3903 local isn’t merely childish. It’s totally loco. Listening to our own internal 3903 chatter, it’s like hearing voices. Disturbed voices. Voices insinuating how “concessionary” York’s final offer is. How we didn’t go striking out so long just to concede anything to York.
No surprise. Everyone should understand already. Far as our 3903 ideologues are concerned, this strike isn’t about what York can bring to the table. It’s about kneecapping York under the table. Regardless whatever consequence for York students, faculty, staff and our own membership. And however our 3903 ideologues deny what they’re after — kneecapping York — it’s no secret. Not only is it not secret — it’s earnestly and proudly advertised. For one of many instances, in the very first paragraph of his article — The Neoliberal University: Looking at the York Strike — Eric Newstadt wrote that “.. the tenor of the action was and remains pitched firmly at rolling back the “neoliberal university”…”
Not a secret. Should come as no surprise by now. Our 3903 ideologues truly honestly believe they’re striking out for student’s own good. That because we in 3903 don’t want students having to pay their education — that totally justifies us ruining the education students already paid for. And look: our 3903 ideologues are not knowingly evil. All we are is totally ideological. In our own minds, we are proud how we fight for students. How we strike out against the “neo-liberal” university. In our own minds we are the good guys. We keep waiting students to show us the love. All this false hatred? Nothing but bad PR.
What does all this mean — like, in practical terms? Should be fairly obvious. If at least five hundred 3903 members show up at tomorrow’s GMM, only then will there be much chance York’s final offer getting positively ratified. Because only then will there be sufficient regular membership to outvote our ideological bloc. Otherwise, if fewer than five hundred show tomorrow — the chances slim to none. In which case it becomes a matter for either forced ratification — or legislation. Thereby exponentially jeopardizing the year getting lost entirely. Due to time fleeting from every York space.
What can you do? Email each T.A. and contract faculty you know. Urge them to come out tomorrow. That simple. Personally remind every 3903 you know to come out as the “valued educators” we’re supposed to be.
And if you’re a regular 3903 member reading this? Don’t be intimidated. Let’s enough of us come out to be intimidating. So that when we have reason to clap at our own GMM, the ideologues will object how intimidating we are. It’s just a numbers’ game — and now’s the time to get counted. Let’s do it.
Here’s the GMM location.