Recent media coverage of the York strike
- “McGuinty blames York U. for lack of settlement: School president rejects Ontario Premier’s request to resume talks as government prepares to pass legislation ending 12-week strike,” Karen Howlett, Globe and Mail (Jan. 29/09).
- “CUPE 3903 in its own ivory tower,” Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail (Jan. 29/09): the title says it all.
- “Part-time workforce imperils universities,” Jody Berland, Ricardo Greenspun, The Toronto Star (Jan. 29/09).
- “York University strike ends today: Back-to-work bill set to be approved as union withdraws threat of court battle,” Tanya Talaga, The Toronto Star (Jan. 29/09): prize for best line: “‘I think the response from the president of York University was pretty clear – it’s `Screw you,” [NDP Leader Howard] Hampton said.”
- “York University Deadlock: Help eyed for students caught in strikes,” Karen Howlett, Globe and Mail (Jan. 28/09).
- “York union decides not to wage legal battle over back-to-work bill,” Maria Babbage, Globe and Mail (Jan. 28/09).
- “Strike at York leaves deep wounds,” Carol Goar, The Toronto Star (Jan. 28/09): tenure a “perk”? Research unimportant? Strike-breaking and scabbing? This one’s a treat. (Though many of the comments are good.)
- “Parsing stalemate won’t end it,” Jim Coyle, The Toronto Star (Jan. 28/09).
- “28-year prof laments corporatization of York U.,” Andrea O’Reilly, The Toronto Star (Jan. 28/09): worth quoting in full:
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.
- “Plan aims to avoid York U. rerun: As back-to-work law debated, premier says panel of experts could prevent similar crisis,” Tanya Talaga, Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star (Jan. 28/09): Great. Another layer of bureaucracy.
- “York University union threatens suit,” Karen Howlett, Murray Campbell, Globe and Mail (Jan. 27/09): (idea later abandoned).
- “Balancing the right to strike with the right to learn,” Murray Campbell, Globe and Mail (Jan. 27/09).
- “These students deserve compensation,” Christie Blatchford, Globe and Mail (Jan. 27/09): students as consumers.
- “York University union threatens suit: CUPE president says back-to-work bill would violate legal rights of workers,” Macleans.ca (Jan. 27/09).
- “McGuinty blasted for York delay: Premier waited too long to table back-to-work law given NDP’s predictable response, Tories contend,” Tanya Talaga, Robert Benzie, Rob Ferguson, The Toronto Star (Jan. 27/09): implications for other negotiations.
- “NDP stalls back-to-work bill for York University strikers,” Elizabeth Church, Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail (Jan. 26/09): Howard Hampton, at least, is talking about the underfunding that is at the root of the problem, though few seem to be hearing.
- “Premier’s decision has little downside,” Jim Coyle, The Toronto Star (Jan. 26/09): the commenters beg to differ.
- “York rejects union’s offer of ‘lowered demands‘,” Josh Wingrove, Globe and Mail (Jan. 24/09): so much for the admin’s claim that it was all about money.
- “York U.’s arts faculty takes a hit: School says it will offer fewer courses this fall after applications to program drop 26%,” Sandra Contenta, Louise Brown, The Toronto Star (Jan. 25/09): I hope any adminstations gleeful about the back-to-work legislation will pay attention.
- “On Day 79, York’s strike becomes longest ever: Administration lets 5,000 students in certain programs return to class, sparking protests at raucous senate executive meeting yesterday,” Kate Hammer, Joshua Freeman, Globe and Mail (Jan. 23/09): some would call this “special deal” scabbing.