$80 million in lost summer earnings: The price students pay
$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.
- Call Premier Dalton McGuinty at 416-325-1941.
- E-mail Dalton McGuinty at: https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp
- 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.