Multi University Strike in 2010

Here is a background paper put together by the people at the Anti Strike Group and YorkNotHostage concerning the likelihood of a multi university strike in 2010.

 

Click here

 

As always, I do not endorse nor condone the contents of this material.

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22 responses to “Multi University Strike in 2010

  1. F-Ed Up

    FYI to anyone concerned with universities which may encounter a labour disruption in 2010:

    Brock University should also be added to this list. I think their local is 4207 (representing TAs, RAs, and contract fac), and their contract will expire in June of 2010.

  2. Anything is possible! This strike is evidence enough.

  3. dsd

    If this crap is gonna affect us in 2010 as well – I’m moving to some other country/province to get my education and most likely use it there.

  4. Kelso

    aha! im not falling for that link again!

  5. a disappointed canadian

    waterloo for the win.

  6. Still Doing Homework

    @Kelso, ya no kidding.. i mistook the “top clicks” panel for “related links” … to my amused horror

  7. Can Ross please be edited from now on.

  8. Disappointed

    Anybody know any good out-of-province unis ? 😀

  9. Green Rust

    Don’t these idiots realize they have brought on layoffs for themselves next year already?

    If rumors are true, that enrolement is down by 70% for first year students already for next year, then if there is a shortage of work, no union protection can stave off layoffs. Just ask hundreds of brilliant autoworkers, who alway “got a good deal” what it is like to be out on the street right now. Along with a little help form the economy, they priced themselves right out the door. So bright ones, are you going to vote a few more of you out onto the unemployment line next year?

  10. Green Rust

    Don’t these idiots realize they have brought on layoffs for themselves next year already?

    If rumours are true, that enrolement is down by 70% for first year students already for next year, then if there is a shortage of work, no union protection can stave off layoffs. Just ask hundreds of brilliant autoworkers, who alway “got a good deal” what it is like to be out on the street right now. Along with a little help form the economy, they priced themselves right out the door. So bright ones, are you going to vote a few more of you out onto the unemployment line next year?

  11. Ty

    What i don’t understand is this. Whenever i have a problem with my wage or work situation i do what any other reasonable person would do, I LOOK FOR A NEW JOB!!!!!!! Being a TA is a privilege, not a right as far as im concerned they should be paid AT MOST what they were getting paid before the strike b/c the experience and resume significance is the most valuable part of being a TA. God help us all.

    Sincerely,
    a dissapointed, depressed, and embarassed York student

  12. C

    “the experience and resume significance is the most valuable part of being a TA. ”

    The most valuable part of being a TA is the fact that it is designed to support graduate students research efforts financially. It’s not designed to be a job or to be learning experience.

    Proof: just read the Letter from the Deans to CUPE 3903.

  13. question

    The mass strike is going to be in 2010 and it is now 2009. Does that mean that CUPE needs a 1 year contract or would the contract be based on when the strike started in ’08?

  14. Aaron

    Seeing as how they’ve constantly demanded a two year contract, I think it’s self-explanatory.

  15. Rae

    I believe that these overpaid employees should take what they get and stop using the students as ponds and bargaining chips in their game to gain leverage.
    Being a York Undergrad and a first year at that, I am PISSED off (for the lack of a better suiting term) that this strike was allowed to continue for SO long and that even now, they expect us to be able to catch up! All my classes were full year classes; how exactly am I to cram all that into two months?! REALLY?!
    FURTHERMORE, The level of stress the students are going to be under is unreal!
    York would rather their students suffer than cancel the year, pay back the owed tuition, and allow the students to start again next year.
    What infuriates me even MORE is that next year they are planning this major strike AGAIN! I REFUSE to pay tuition only to have my University strike, and have to do 1st year over for a 3rd time! How REDICULOUS is that?!
    Personally, I applied to Montreal, Victoria B.C, and San Diego California.
    Ontario post Profs and T.A’s should take what they have now. I have a friend in Hawaii who teaches University there who agrees with me and wouldn’t DREAM of asking for such raises for fear of losing his job.
    CUPE – STOP BEING SO GREEDY IN THIS TIME OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY!
    Go on Television, and broadcast to the over 200,000 people who’ve lost their jobs so far that you want a raise… I dare you!

    Jerks.

    – From a very pissed off York Student.

  16. JessSane

    You’re only losing 1 week off each term.
    Did you really do less than 2 weeks work in the 80+ days? What are you? The YorkU Bargaining Team?

    LOL.

  17. York_3rd_year

    Cupe members are such idiots, they dont think logically about going on strike. The cupe 3903 strike costed York 15% in enrollment for next year, which means assuming there are 10000 enrolling then York lost 1500 new students, which means that they need less T.A.s and contract faculty.

    This means that the T.A.s picketed themselves out of a job because :

    Less students to teach means less T.A.s to hire to teach.

    So, in the end the T.A.s screwed themselves out of a job.

  18. JessSane

    lower applications doesn’t mean lower enrollment.
    especially when idiot students now realize things like their only choices are schools going on strike in 2010 anyway.
    also, given choice between lakehead and York, most are going to choose the bright lights and city life of toronto.
    all that lower application number means is that we’re probably going to see a lower entrance grade cut-off.

    EVEN IF, enrollments go down, it is unlikely you’ll see a drastic reduction in 3903 membership as the province has MANDATED the increase of graduate enrollments. which means EVEN IF the number of classes shrinks (and by extension TA and Contract Faculty positions) there will just be THAT MANY MORE Unit 3 positions being created. If anything the union is going to get BIGGER and STRONGER in the next year or two.

    In short: you analysis is totally, 100% wrong. Have fun trying to make the grade.

  19. Rae

    Clearly ms. thinks-she-knows-it-all JessSane over there is either a TA or Prof since she’s actually trying to DEFEND the CUPE’s actions.
    They said this whole thing was over contracts when in fact it was over money. Money that the economy doesn’t have. And I am missing MORE than one week off each term. I don’t even have marks at this point in three of my classes since we haven’t handed in any assignments, haven’t written any tests, haven’t have any material done for grading. Now I have to rely on a condenced class schedule for my entire year’s marks? You’re actually trying to tell me I’m wrong here?
    Put yourself in my shoes, with all the expenses I’ve had to pay, cut hours at work cuz of the failing economy, being from out of town, housing and food and transportation on top of tuition and books which I have hardly even used, and then tell me I’m being rediculous.
    Open your eyes, You’re wrong which is why the Government FORCED you back into work!
    Stop being so damn pig headed and accept the fact that CUPE is greedy, unreasonable, and wrong.

  20. Laughing...

    LOL@ “If anything the union is going to get BIGGER and STRONGER in the next year or two.”

    Yea, stronger, that’s it!

  21. Rae

    Which is why I applied to other provinces.
    The Union is rediculous. Clearly greedy and using the students to get what they want which clearly failed since they were forced back anyways and will hopefully go into arbitration.
    You didn’t get your way this year, and you wont get your way next year.
    Stop wasting our time.

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