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$80 million in lost summer earnings: The price students pay

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$80 million dollars and more.*

 That’s what the strike at York University will likely cost students in lost summer earnings. And for every week the strike continues, students stand to lose another $17.5 million collectively. In the face of this, the McGuinty government’s hands-off position and refusal to intervene and get the students back into the classroom is irresponsible and unacceptable.

 We need back-to-work legislation to be at the ready, in case the CUPE 3903 votes down the latest York University offer next week. To help get that message out let’s flood their MPPs and the Premier with e-mails and phone calls demanding government intervention in this dispute.

  1. Call Premier Dalton McGuinty at 416-325-1941.
  2. E-mail Dalton McGuinty at: https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp 
  3. E-mail your MPP: For contact information, go to: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?locale=en

Government is not a spectator sport: It is about accountability and leadership – and on the York U strike issue, this government has failed on both counts. It’s clear that the university and its striking union cannot reach a negotiated settlement: They have had 11 weeks to do just that but have failed. It’s time for the government to step up to the plate and get this dispute resolved.

*50,000 students x 35 hours/week x $10/hour (average) = $17.5 million per week. Based on  York Senate statement of Dec. 18, 2008, to fulfill academic requirements students would be in class all of May (5 weeks) and possibly into early June.


Written by dagmarkanzler

January 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Call your MPP and call the Minister of Universities and Colleges.

    And if the University wants to maintain the fallacy that they don’t have to give us our money back then we should institute a class action suit.
    They want to charge us late fees on tuition, turn about is fair play.

    Pat Tryon

    January 14, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  2. I called/emailed my MP, his answer was, “call your MPP< we do not get involved with that". Mind you he did not email me, his secretary did. I called/emailed my MPP last week, still waiting for a responce. No call, no email. What does that tell you? We are the only ones that care, we have to do what we have to do. Class action suit? Best thing I have heard all day, we should also include the Provincial Government for NOT getting involved, also the Union, who have not bargained in good faith and do not give a damn about Education. How dare someone who is not making this a career ruin our childrens career. How dare they!

    Carlie Jones

    January 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  3. Turn about is fair play – a class action lawsuit is in order not only for a rebate on tuition paid, but on lost wages for all students who’s summer employment time will be cut into because of any extended class time.

    Since the university bases fees on class time, they should be liable for every lost day (e.g.: if eleven weeks of lost classes is made up for with five extra weeks, they OWE a refund for six weeks tuition). Added to this, each student should be entitled to $350 per week that classes run into their summer work time (based on the $10/hr rate for 35 hours per week). Then there are the students that could not get out of a lease for accomodations during the strike!

    The Motts on CFRB had a show earlier this week about the possibility of a class action lawsuit and they have this link on their site to a law firm looking into this: http://www.hotzlawyers.com

    As an added note, a student called into their show and claimed that he experienced class time in the 3-4 weeks prior to the strike being taken up with discussions about the strike (specifically, union members explaining why they might have to strike). I would suggest that anyone who experienced this should file a complaint with the university. Perhaps the union should be subject to a law suit for this sort of activity.

    Calvin Henry-Cotnam

    January 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  4. If a construction company signs a contract that it has to complete a project by some deadline. And if they don’t complete it ontime they get fined a enormous amount of money.

    The students should get compensated big time!


    January 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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