You may have heard that there's a strike a York University. You may have also heard that one of the groups, the contract professors have agreed to the offer presented by their bargaining team from the employer. What you may not have heard was that only 65% of those profs agreed supported the offer. That is far from a resounding show of support. The two other groups currently on strike rejected the offers presented to them. To me, that says they weren't fair offers. What does that have to do with you?? Well first of all, you may have had a York University teacher candidate completing a practicum in your class. They shouldn't be there now, during this job action. Something that could affect more of you would be the choices you make about courses you may want to take this spring. Whether it's an AQ or some other course, by giving them your tuition, you are supporting this employer. It doesn't matter if the course is online or in person, you are still supporting them. There are countless other providers from whom you could take a course. Please choose an institution that is not experiencing job action. There may come a time when we will need support from the public and I'd like to think that we will have it. If you want to find out more about the workers' position, there is a lot of information on the CUPE 3903 website. Your dollars say a lot to a university. You might even want to write them a letter saying you have taken your tuition fees elsewhere and will continue to do so until they present a fair offer.
The view from my desk, as Teacher Bargaining Unit President for D17 Simcoe