Message from President Mamdouh Shoukri
From: Office of the President
Date: Jan. 22, 2009
Expires: Jan. 29, 2009
I am writing to you about the continuation of the current strike by CUPE 3903 and what we see are the next steps in trying to achieve a settlement and bring you back to class.
Let me say from the outset that I deeply regret that this strike has affected your life and studies at York. I want you to know that the University has tried all possible means, including over thirty days of negotiations, offering binding arbitration to prevent a strike and initiating a supervised vote to end this dispute after many weeks of disruption.
The union continues to make demands that the University simply cannot afford both from a financial and an academic standpoint. Nor is it fair to students to settle this strike at any cost now only to set the stage for a province-wide strike next year in 2010.
I am pleased that Premier McGuinty has now appointed Ontario’s most senior mediator in an attempt to bring this strike to a resolution. I want to assure you that we will work closely with the mediator to attempt to achieve a negotiated settlement which will safeguard the quality of the student academic experience and the long-term financial stability of the University.
We are determined to ensure that students complete their Fall and Winter terms. We also recognize that a Winter academic term that extends into the summer months may have a real impact on students’ ability to earn money for their education. I assure you that we will be working to increase the funds available to assist students in meeting their financial obligations when they return in September.
We will continue to do everything we can to settle this strike and I look forward to welcoming you back to class at the earliest opportunity.
President & Vice-Chancellor