This Is Where It’s @

Yesterday, Adrian made a commitment. “I will never delete the blog,” he wrote. “There are over 200 blog posts and nearly 8,000 comments here. I am sure this will be a valuable resource to someone at some time in the future.”

Good to hear you’ll never delete this blog, Adrian. Damn right it will prove a valuable resource to the future.

For a period of 3 months, between Nov. 6, 2008 and February 2, 2009, a relatively small band of 3000 striking workers held 50,000 students hostage — and brought an institution of almost 70,000 to its knees. Even though the strikers were by no means essential workers, Ontario’s Provincial government had no choice but legislating Cupe local 3903 back to work.

Whether York University ever recovers from the consequences of 3903’s economic siege remains to be seen. Ontario’s labour relations will certainly never be the same. And while there will generally emerge consensus how pivotally significant the 2008/09 York strike was, the meaning of it might well remain forever contested across the Canadian political spectrum.

Even though 3903’s strike ended in utter defeat — how should it be understood? How should it be remembered? Was it a heroic struggle for economic justice? Or was it a complete abuse of the right to strike — by a local gone way over the ideological deep end?

As left and right extremes grow increasingly polarized in Canadian politics, so the meaning of this strike will become increasingly contested in the future. More lies will be told. But to ensure future lies don’t grow too tremendous — the raw data is here. Right here @ this electronic space Adrian built.

It will not be controlled and censored fora the future shall glean backward to figure what happened this strike. Not the absurdly dishonest 3903 strike pages. Not the prissyly incomplete York narrative. Not even all the shallowly credulous media coverage. Not while this record of open, honest and often vehement dispute remains accessible.

This is the annotation of ideologies clashing over York these past 3 months. Keep it up, Adrian. Both the blog — and whatever good work you turn to next.

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55 responses to “This Is Where It’s @

  1. Meytal

    Hopefully they won’t go on strike again, so this blog will be the only one out there…..

  2. Theowne

    Did you have to disrupt the perfectly poignant farewell post by Adrian – being the first and top thing on this site – with this pointless post?

  3. Cupe Doll

    @Theowne: “Disrupt”?

    Either you hadn’t read that posting will continue. Or, more likely, you strike out only due to suffering severe loser sores.

    lol. Loser sores so severe the final “d” dropped off your alias.

    Seriously, now. Try contributing rather than squealing when others contribute what you disagree. You’ll feel better. Less disagreeable.

  4. ram

    Cupe Doll,

    Proofread your post, it doesn’t make much sense…

    “sp” and “awk” would be plagued all over your post, if I was the TA reading your post.

    Ahh…the TAs favourite things to write.

  5. j. king

    Hi Adrian,

    Great job with this blog. Also good it will not be deleted. It will forever show the high level of undergrad frustration (and a large group of these who are capable of being violent offenders in the future). It will also be witness to the way in which blogs like this can both a place of expression while at the same time encouraging a pack mentality.

  6. j. king,

    Am I reading too much into your comment — or did you just dress up curses as compliments?

  7. j. king

    cupe doll,

    how something that might look simple can also be complex…. I was/am speaking sincerely from the heart. Adrian did something, unlike thousands of others that just sat around and complained. I am truely impressed with him.

  8. Cupe Doll

    j. king,

    Ok, fair enough. I won’t try catching onto those references — to pack mentality and large groups of potentially violent offenders — flying overhead.

  9. aRt

    im so in habit of comin to this site that after comin here i suddenly realised “OH, the strike’s over!” LOL … guess its gonna take some time!!

  10. Em

    these past three months, i’ve got so much from this blog.
    at least i know that i’m not along. that’s the support we all needed. neither york nor the union have cared about us. we supported ourselves in this blog.
    thanks to all of you who have provided information to us. and best wishes to us as york students.

  11. Man

    is j. king short for jimmy king?

  12. Natasha

    Even though the strike is over I still cannot help coming and checking the blog. It was a great resource and I am sure in the future it will be a good resource for students wanting to find out what this strike was all about and how many students felt about it…

  13. Theowne

    @ Cupe Doll

    Lol. What are you talking about? If you look through my post history you’ll see that I’m a student, undergrad, at York. Engineering.

    I think Adrian’s post was a pretty nice final post for now, a student running a website against the strike which is now “revealing” himself and basically a place to say goodbye and thanks.

    And now you’re basically trying to take the spotlight and write some regurgitation of all your CUPE infighting which has occurred here for months while us undergrads try to get any real information.

  14. Stef

    And so, the CUPE backlash begins…
    (Sorry Cupedoll…)

    Brace thyselves.

  15. windows

    CUPE is portraying this strike as a win. I know, it baffles me as well, but search around for cupe members on facebook and you’ll see notes on the matter.

  16. Bobert

    Funny seems to me both sort of lost, York got many concessions and so did the union and whatever outstanding issues end up in binding arbitration… Not to mention the damage done to union-university relations… Heads stuck in the sand freaks not the way to fix these issues… Not the way at all

    Tentanda Via folks!

  17. Cupe Doll

    @Theowne(D): “Lol. What are you talking about? If you look through my post history you’ll see that I’m a student, undergrad, at York. Engineering.”

    What makes you leap to conclude I ever took your past, present or future complaints at my posts to mean you weren’t undergrad?

    Undergrad ally loser sores. Grad loser sores. Don’t matter who wears ’em. All drip the same.

    Try contributing instead of complaining. You’ll feel better.

  18. Theowne

    LOL. Cupe Doll. This is quite a strange route you’re taking with this one.

    I’ve posted the most anti-Cupe messages than almost anyone else on this site, and you’re calling my an Undergrad ally? LOL! Funny…

    It’s true that I’ve never liked any of the Cupeys including yourself who come on this site and treat it like a personal battlefield for squabbling CUPE members. While Undergrads were checking this site for news about when we’re going back to school, all I saw on here was another Cupe Doll cope and pasted neoliberal rant, and then a big debate between you and Pally Wally and other Cupe members.

    On an undergrad site run by an undergrad meant for undergrads to get news.

    I mean, couldn’t you have at least left the farewell post alone instead of trying to take up the spotlight with some egotistical blabber? So, we end with another Cupe Doll rant about CUPE infighting. Okay, you had your five minutes of fame as the glorious helper of the undergrads (while doing nothing in real life about it), but don’t think everyone agreed with that.

    By the way, if you actually want to know how much of an “undergrad ally” I am, I suggest going to Google and searching “theowne site:yorkstrike2008.wordpress.com” . The one where I curse CUPE in every sentence is particularly lovely. LOL!

  19. Cupe Doll

    You’re no “undergrad ally”? Then it’s worse than I thought. Means you’re just ignorant.

    “So, we end with another Cupe Doll rant about CUPE infighting.”

    Try reading comprehension. Or just reading. Whole point this post? “We” at this blog do not “end” with the strike. Meaning, among other things, that there will be future posts.

    On the other hand? Keep on whining. It is your contribution.

  20. Nice Kid

    so when does this strike end? r we gonna be back any time soon? should i book my ticket for the weekend to toronto?? plz help!

  21. YorkStrike2008

    @Nice Kid

    Yes! The strike is over. Class starts on Monday!

  22. Theowne

    Yeah, Cupe Doll. We’re all ignorant if we don’t worship you. By the way, nice job picking out one sentence out of my post and replying with your little jabs. There’s nothing in this pointless post that was worth pushing down Adrian’s “strike is over” post with. You just wanted to have your last moment in the spotlight and feel important, just like you’ve done all throughout the strike, while never really lifting a finger to do anything of value. And spamming the site with arguments between you and your CUPE buddies. Sorry, you’re not the savior of the undergrads that you think you are. I apologize if that hurts your feelings, but that’s just my opinion. I can’t even remember how many times I logged into this site to get a gist of how the affected undergrads of this strike were coping, only to see another argument between Cupe Doll and other Cupeys about neoliberalisation.

  23. RR

    Cupe doll can you ever shut up with your pedantic assuming bullshit? The strike is over you loser, go back to work. Not all undergrads supported York, not all of us supported CUPE….get over yourself! Your looking like a pathetic c actor holding on to a shread of sporlight- you saved nothing and informed with half-truths. Go contribute yourself, and stop harrassing undergrads just thankful for a spot for us to have a voice.

  24. Hey to everyone getting mad at CUPEDoll

    Relax………..jeez.

  25. piece of the pie/CUPE greed fail

    Thats a fake cupedoll. Look at the differences in the names.

  26. @Theowne
    “I mean, couldn’t you have at least left the farewell post alone instead of trying to take up the spotlight with some egotistical blabber? So, we end with another Cupe Doll rant about CUPE infighting. Okay, you had your five minutes of fame as the glorious helper of the undergrads (while doing nothing in real life about it), but don’t think everyone agreed with that.”
    Go Theowne!!

  27. Cupe Doll

    @Theowne: “I apologize if that hurts your feelings, but that’s just my opinion.”

    You’re totally entitled to your opinion. And why worry about hurt feelings? None of this is personal. We’re nobodies to each other. Just anonymous aliases on the net.

    “I can’t even remember how many times I logged into this site to get a gist of how the affected undergrads of this strike were coping, only to see another argument between Cupe Doll and other Cupeys about neoliberalisation.”

    So. You didn’t appreciate what I contributed. So what? How was it my responsibility when you elected to read what you didn’t want to? Did you think I was contributing here just because I knew you in particular couldn’t help reading what I wrote?

    Lol. Keep on complaining about what I contribute. If that’s your contribution here — that too has its place. Openness is a significant part of what made this forum so great.

    RR: Curses + “Go contribute yourself, and stop harrassing undergrads just thankful for a spot for us to have a voice.”

    The subject post is my contribution. And the solution to not feeling harassed by anything I say or contribute? Don’t read it and don’t address me in the first place.

    If there’s any harassment while you persist addressing me? That’s you harassing — not getting harassed.

    Not that I’d ever suggest you’re harassing me, you understand. This isn’t personal — it’s the internet. But if your feelings get that easily hurt — maybe try reading something to make yourself feel better instead. Get some rest, maybe.

  28. Shan

    fi would like to thank all who made this blog … my only resource for 3 months =)… even though i am pissed at both sides… i am just glad to be BACK

    thanks again for keeping us updated/ and informed

  29. Shan

    fi* = I ..
    srry for the double post

  30. JMac

    Good work Adrian. I checked this site every day for updates and often several times.

  31. Pally Wally

    Smell ya later…forever(?)

  32. Theowne

    Bye, Cupey. Don’t cry too much 😉

  33. haha lol

    So what is the chance that btwl will pass and we’ll be back in class on Monday? Is there a voting period this weekend or what

  34. Cassie

    BTWL legislation was passed Thursday – all students are back on Monday.

    http://www.yorku.ca/mediar/archive/Release.php?Release=1598

  35. Cupe Doll

    @Pally Wally: “Smell ya later…forever(?)”

    Next time we get ourselves legislated back to work 🙂

    2011

  36. hummingbird

    I look forward to YorkStrike2010.wordpress.com! See you then, Pally Wally!

  37. SumbanthSingh

    My chinese friend is a girl that looks like a man. She admitted that she received cosmetic surgery recently but the stats show cosmetic surgery is terrible in china

  38. YMCA

    thanks for the vital information SumbanthSingh, that doubles my reason not to go to china..

    you jerk…. lol

  39. Theowne

    lol SumbanthSingh was a pretty good source of humor throughout this debacle. As well as his archnemesis, ChineseChickenPeas or whatever his name was.

  40. Glenn

    Hi there, I was reading the ‘back to class’ info on the york site and it stated that the last day to drop F term classes is on March 10, but we finish the fall exam period after date March 3? Does that sound right? Another thing,

    For our outstanding fees regarding winter semester, the information said the balance will be due on March 10 as well, but on my financial statement, it said it is due on Feb 10? Is anyone else experiencing this difficulty as well? I assume they haven’t updated the statement….

  41. TRUTHiness

    @cupedoll

    You’re still at it?!

    Give it a rest already! The strike is over. Holy shit!

    You’re such a loser that, even though the damn strike’s over, you’re still here, going on and on with your bullshit!

    Get a fucking life!

  42. Obama

    I say, ‘Yes we can!’

  43. Flying J

    CUPE doll,
    I didn’t get the chance to thank you for your numerous contributions to this website over the past three months. I appreciate everything you did to expose your local’s ridiculous ideological war. Thanks again and farewell!

  44. JR

    Cupe Doll: Thanks for your contributions and unique perspective on the situation. I really appreciated reading what you had to say.

    Like others have said, let’s hope this doesn’t happen again!

  45. ram/tester/John Locke/Bob Sternman

    Cupe Doll,

    It’s over now.

    Give it a rest.

    No one cares anymore.

    Commentary is done.

    Do not respond/refute anything.

    This is the conclusion.

    Go well All!

  46. feebee

    it’s nice to see that other people keep coming back here even though the strike is over, im not the only crazy one…

  47. Theowne

    I came here everyday for 3 months, what do you expect?? The day isn’t complete until another person says, “Whens the strike gonna end!??”.

  48. Nice Kid

    @ Theowne
    gosh!!!!!! when is this strike gonna end???!!!

  49. ferrerocher.

    SCHOOL TOMORROW! can’t believe it!

  50. B.

    Exam schedule will not be released till Feb. 12th?!?!?

    Once again, student lives get screwed over.

  51. MR Two

    LOL getting ready for first day back to school… XD

  52. Ferris Bueller to Cupe Doll

    You’re still here?!

    It’s over!

    Go home!

    Go!

  53. asdkfjaskd

    I actually agree with Theowne, this post was pretty pointless…someone needs to learn when to stop.

    But thanks for your generally great contributions! On the whole, I have enjoyed them quite a bit 🙂