by Cupe Doll
Check out the latest article @ 3903’s site.
No. I mean it. Browse on over to 3903’s site and read the article.
Done? Ok — so what do you think? Can whoever wrote that article have meant it seriously? Like, seriously meant that article to be read — and believed by anyone?
Not just because it’s a pack of lies. But just because how transparent and incompetent the lying is. Whoever wrote that article can’t be that incompetent — only they put no effort whatsoever into it. That article got written-off by its own author.
How can I be so sure? Well — I could have been the author of that article. In a very slightly alternate universe.
When the strike was young I was asked to help 3903 out by writing in its behalf. I was told that I’d get full strike-paid for this alternative duty — since nobody could prove whether writing took me 3 hours or 20 each week. And, yeah — I was tempted. I’m not one to go sneezing on $200 each week.
But you know what? I thought I’d hold out for more. I can be bought cheap enough — but not that cheap. $200 for 3 hours’ work? Hell — us 3903’s were almost making that before the strike. What’s the point striking forever if you can’t make an extra buck?
But how could I get 3903 to offer me the money I so richly deserve? Not by making impossible demands — too weak. So I decided to strike against the strike. I’d come right here and expose everything 3903 — for free for all. Be worth it in the end. 3903 would have to make me a better offer just to shut me up. And from then on I would make at least $1000 every week — without having to work at all.
Ok — seriously. That article wasn’t. Whoever authored that article wasn’t the least serious. Probably decided to take the weekly $200 — but only do like 10 minutes’ work for it.
That article wasn’t written seriously. There’s no reason to read it seriously. From the start there’s the suggestion us 3903s will now vote “in support of our students”. As if it’s for our students we’ve been striking in the first place. As if. Since we only ruined the education students paid for because we don’t want students paying for education.
And after that point every claim remains false. York sees 3903 unit2s as “the weakest link”? Nope — it’s 3903, fearing unit2 will vote YES as we did in 2000/01, who see unit2 as the weakest link. York has been bargaining in bad faith? Nope — it was us 3903s bargaining in bad faith. We bragged what bad faith we were bargaining in. When we had “demand the impossible” t-shirts made. When we refused to let our own bargaining team bargain. And now, when we’ve decided to go back to square one. Right back to our impossible November 5th demands before we even started striking. So how can York or any mediator take our bargaining seriously — when bargaining means nothing to us in the first place? When strike organizers openly declare to all 3903s that:
Today, the [most recent] GMM affirmed a series of principles that should be the bedrock of CUPE 3903. This is that – to put it really simply – that the bargaining is to come from below. To be sure, this is not to say that the bargaining team – as the diplomatic body of a totality of different bodies working towards a common goal – does not have flexibility… [BUT] Thanks to the bargaining team in advance, for respecting that the definition of “flexibility” is “nov. 5”
Then there’s a claim our 3903 proposals are modest. When, in reality, we so proudly bragged how impossible our demands are. Right? Not “proposals”. Demands.
Then there’s a claim that if we 3903s vote YES then the whole strike will have been a waste. But can’t anyone guess what a waste it’s been anyhow? Since we 3903s will go back to square one if we continue striking? Since we 3903s got the best biggest 4.1% yearly increases when we didn’t strike? As if we wouldn’t have done better to negotiate reasonably and bargain realistically. As if this whole strike isn’t an ideological waste in the first place. As if ending this strike already would be making waste — instead of stopping it already.
Then there’s the claim that York has plenty money for us 3903s — but is too mean to give it. York is supposed to have plenty of money just because all sorts of YUFAs will be retiring — and because York spent such huge money it should have given us on FedEx packages instead. Yeah. Right. As if York were immune from the current recession, approaching calamity of economic depreciation and, most of all, the enrollment decreases due our own intentionally ruinous 3903 striking. As if retirements and FedEx packaging mattered when York will not only not be hiring anyone anywhere — but will in fact have to slash bone-deep. And who’ll get hurt most — after students this year? 3903 unit2s next year. Everyone 3903 keeps lying about fighting for.
And talking about FedEx. what’s up with that? First we 3903s complain York springs forced rats on us without proper long enough notice. Then we snivel about the notice being too long. Then we freak about how York sends out the notice. Just freaking. With messages like this going round:
I think we should save the materials and give them back to the
administration on Sunday en masse.
>On door to door duty today at locations close to campus we were virtually
>following the FedEx guy delivering York’s missives–I was sorely tempted to
>steal any FedEx envelopes from people’s mailboxes…
“Voting NO will bring about serious negotiation and a quick resolution”? 3903 needs to get some decent pamphleteers. But don’t look at me. No matter how much money 3903 gets out of striking — it’s too morally bankrupt for me.