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Parents need to get active on York U strike

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As parents of a York U student in Toronto, we believe it is time for parents to put pressure on all sides – the university, the striking union and the Ontario government – to get this strike resolved.  No one seems to be listening to 50,000 students: Parents need to become vocal and visible in supporting students and ending this strike.

What can you do?

York parents and students: Contact the university President Mamdouh Shoukri (mshoukri@yorku.ca) and CUPE 3903 (3903hq@gmail.com). Let them know you want this issue resolved immediately. Tell them  how this strike has affected your view of York. Let them know if you are thinking of switching universities.

E-mail Premier Dalton McGuinty at http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/default.asp to let him know you want this strike ended even if it means the government must intervene and enact back-to-work legislation.

York students: Use your Facebook and other contacts to let students at your past high school know about your experience at York; encourage them to find out what is happening at York and to think twice about choosing York as a university.

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Written by dagmarkanzler

January 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I am glad to see that parents of York students are finally getting active. It has now been two months since the inception of the strike by CUPE 3093 at York University. Like many parents and families, we have sat back monitoring the proceedings in the hopes that logic would prevail and the strike would end in a reasonable time. This has not happened. It is now time for the 50,000 impacted York University students and their families to get involved and to have their voices heard. The strike needs to end and it is time for the Ontario government to step in. I urge all York U families to write to your MPP and Dalton McGuinty.

    As a result of this strike, I, like many other parents, have lost faith in the education process at York University. I question why my son should remain at York if this is what the future holds. I also question what the quality of the education that my son will get from his first year. At this point, it looks as if he may have to start his first year of university again in September. If that is the case, I feel that YORK should not only refund the full tuition amount paid but full costs incurred for residence, meals, books, etc. that have been paid in good faith. To date, it has cost us over $13,000 for our son’s first year at YORK. This does not even take into consideration, how much my son will lose personally as a result of losing a year of study. The prospects of York students obtaining any part-time job during the remainder of the school year (if classes do resume) will be very grim because of the added classes and schoolwork that will be necessary to make up for the lost time. To the extent that classes continue into the early summer, all the possible summer jobs will be gone. That’s additional income losses for both the students and their parents.

    I am amazed that both YORK and the UNION did not resolve this issue in a reasonable and timely fashion. While the 50,000 or more students are going to suffer from this strike, so too will YORK and the UNION from a reduction in enrollment and thus a reduction in needed T.A.’s, respectively. No one will be a winner.

    This strike has had and will have an impact on our lives. My son is now despondent and worries if he will get accepted in another university for Fall 2009 and how will he earn the money he needs. The excitement and thrill of my son’s first year at University has been destroyed. What a shame and what a mess, all caused by greed.

    Colleen Bryan

    January 14, 2009 at 3:04 am


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