Media release: York Parents need to step up to the plate
January 12, 2009
Parents need to step up to the plate in York dispute
Toronto: Ongoing labour disputes at York University severely compromise its ability to ensure a quality, strife-free education and university experience, according to parents who have launched a campaign to encourage parents of York U students to get vocal in pressing for an immediate resolution to the strike.
The campaign has three objectives:
- To get 50,000 students of York U back into classes as soon as possible and salvage some part of the 2008/09 academic year.
- To have York U commit to finding a way to complete the current academic year without extending the school year – a move that penalizes students as it affects their summer job prospects.
- To encourage Grade 12 students and their parents to think twice about selecting York as an option for their post-secondary studies.
“The university and the union don’t seem to be listening to the 50,000 students whose lives are on hold. Maybe the added weight of a few thousand parents will help resolve this dispute,” say Dagmar Kanzler and David Ross, parents of a second-year York University student.
The YorkParents Facebook group encourages parents of York students to make their views know to both university management and to striking CUPE union 3903. York students are encouraged to use their social media skills to let students now graduating from their former high schools know about the labour dispute and how it has affected their academic year. Parents and students looking at university options for this September may want to think twice about York as an option.
“We’re hoping that pressure from many sources and on many fronts will make both sides realize that they need to find lasting solutions to the labour problems at York. And if they cannot, then high school graduating students and their parents should ask themselves if this university is the best option for their post-secondary education. Students deserve better than to be held hostage by a labour dispute.”
For more information, see http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43698919019