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Recent media coverage of the York strike

January 29, 2009

If we think that it will be “business as usual” at York when classes resume, we are kidding ourselves.

We will be returning to a university that has bullied its most vulnerable employees for close to three months and left its own prized graduate students out in the cold; a university that does not value the excellent teaching done by more than 50 per cent of its faculty; where dozens of lecturers must reapply for their teaching position every year, some of whom have done so for 20 years; where the president received an $80,000-plus bonus while failing to provide leadership during York’s “labour crisis;” where an increasing number of overpaid mid-management types, who spend their day pushing paper, make up to 10 times more than contract instructors, who spend their day advancing knowledge and changing students’ lives.

Feb. 2, 2009 will mark my 28th year at York University. The York described above is not the York I knew and loved in my early years. The president says now is the time for healing. For me, it is a time of mourning; for the York that was.

That a handful of people, with the mandate of corporatization, could destroy so much leaves me heartbroken. I want to thank my CUPE colleagues for their courage and fortitude in fighting against the corporatization of university learning at a huge cost to themselves, their families and their careers.

While I am no longer proud of York, I am of CUPE 3903.


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