By Cupe 3903 Doll
No real update again today. Just that bargaining resumes tomorrow. Yet the internal 3903 grapevine is drooping. Our gossip sounds more pessimistic than it did yesterday. As if we in 3903 had expected York’s return to the table and increasing desperation to save this year meant capitulation. But it didn’t. While we continue couching whatever we bring to the table in 2-year terms — York keeps couching everything in 3-year terms. While we heard minor issues got ironed out, there’s only been the silence of major ones falling away — too far apart. And there persists a sense that still no realistic bargaining goes on. A sense of slipping past each other and vanishing into darkness.
I used to worry the academic year would get entirely lost. Just because I understood how we in 3903 weren’t striking for our membership. We were striking out against York University as our ideologically perceived class enemy. Yet now time is rushing out, I’m confident the academic year will get saved. Because of that NDP rumour we’ve heard so much of. About Liberal back to work or binding arbitration legislation pending over our heads. If true, the Liberals have had it with us. If false, if the NDP plants any rumour that false in 3903 ears, then even the NDP have had it with us. Either way, we have to get real — fast. And even if we don’t really know how — like, without admitting what idiots we’ve been — we’ve just got to. So we will.
However. In light what I’ve been reading @ this forum and emails received. What, precisely, is the use saving this academic year? If the finances of too many students have been ruined and if the year is academically ruined — what’s the use saving it? As one student expressed it:
Honestly i don’t wan to scrap the year – but I’ve been left no choice – i have no more money to keep forking out. I cant keep paying for res – when I’m not going to school. I cant keep flying back and forth to Canada – at the Senates beck and call… Ur right – loosing the year is a waste of time – which i can never get back. But right now – if i get compensated and my money back. then work – gain experience now and earn money – i can come back in September and complete the semester properly – without compromise -to my future degree. Delicia’s 1:41 a.m. post @ https://yorkstrike2008.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/most-people-want-binding-arbitration/#comments
One way or another, I’m pretty sure the year will get saved. But I’m fully certain that we — in York admin, YUFA and especially 3903 — have utterly, inexcusably failed our students. And we can’t make it up to them. The best we “valued educators” can — and must — do is to fully guarantee never to fail our students so utterly and inexcusably again. I know there’s many in 3903 would agree. What I can’t begin comprehending is how even some of us in 3903 still do not. How any of us could — and did — write that of course “students are frustrated”. But that students don’t realy care about education. All they care about is accreditation. They only care about that “piece of paper”. And they’ll still be getting that. Since the year — however academically ruined — will still get saved.
So. We can talk about how to go about it later. Can we in 3903 at least agree that, as “valued educators”, we must never fail our students and ourselves the way we have this academically ruined year?