Treaty officers at York University in Toronto take on pickets in connection with unstable employment contracts
The students in Ontario are now concerned that this could be the beginning of another strike across the province
University students are concerned that we are facing great challenges ahead of us. Especially after a nationwide strike that forced students to leave the classroom within five weeks in October 2017. Rising tensions between universities and their trade unions across Ontario may make it possible for students to understand what this means for their academic futures
Representatives of Treaty Universities at York University responded to these questions. A
The current strike marks the second employment dispute in York in three years
"When I was first informed about the strike at Carlton, it was exactly what I had in my mind," said Caetzewski, a second criminology student at Carlton University. " I don't want it to be like a strike in college. I don't want to be confronted with missed opportunities at work or meeting with my family, waiting for answers from the university. For now, he's sitting in the back of my mind that this could happen. But I am sure that it will be resolved within the next 19 days, as they stated, without the cancellation of the class. "
According to CUPE Local 3903, the Vice President for the Julian Arch, mass destruction on the same scale as the recent college strike cannot happen because the swing structure in the university sector is different from what it is for the colleges
The localized trade unions represent each university
This means that it is unlikely that all local obstacles will overlap at the same time
But Arend warns that we are not out of the woods yet. He said that if the aggressive and hostile approach to staff members adopted at various universities did not change, there would be conflict and action in the province for the foreseeable future
"As long as universities feel that they can leave with associate adjunct associate, as well as post-graduate students through funding models that leave them in the fight to feed themselves, the sector will continue to face regular violations," reads the "Arend." But, yes, the tension is certainly high and will remain so. In particular, given that the sector was "familiar"-in its own words-how to trade the provincial government. "
York University stays open during the strike. Students must cross the pickets to continue the work of the class. Or at risk losing their academic status. Many of them entered Twitter:
In my case, I would like to come to the trading table in good faith and to cancel the classes in the event of a strike. Canceled classes guarantee that students should not jeopardize their morality for their education
-Alia M. (@aliaa_xo)
All: If you do not want to cross the line picket lines, do not do this. You can't be punished.
-Chris Durand (@realchrisdurand)
Arend said it was important for students to get acquainted with their rights in the event of a strike or lockout. And in order to demand recognition of these rights
He said that most institutions, including York, would take measures to protect students in the event of a strike
" These protective measures were initially taken to prevent students from taking action against the administration for lost training as a result of the loss of all or part of their lifetime. Even though the reason is compassion, "says Rent." Students cannot be punished for not crossing physical or virtual pickets. It is necessary to ensure that, at the end of a strike or lockout, an exception is made to prevent harmful effects on students. "
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A professor at the University of Ottawa thinks it's no coincidence that many universities are going to strike. They suggest that the problems faced by part-time teachers are not unique to any institution in particular. But they cover the whole province and even across Canada
" In Canada, there are teachers around the world who live with this unsafe environment, this struggle. We do not know in advance how many classes or classes we will be teaching. It's a big problem for me, "says the professor, who wants to remain anonymous." We still need to catch up with the same salary, it's a very large sum. A typical part-time professor does not have the same health insurance as a full-time professor. I have a more complete coverage with a long-term contract, but a typical part-time professor has basic basic health insurance. We don't have the same as full-time professors. "
When the University of Ottawa was in a non-working state after a strike in October, the professor said it was because part-time teachers worked on a contract that expired two years ago
The University of Ottawa was able to come to an agreement with their union, and the collective agreement expired within five years
Many part-time teachers are labour safety, academic freedom, pay equity and unpredictable class sizes and cancellations
The professor said there were two types of contracts for visiting professors: a short-term contract, in which the professor should be reapplied on an annual basis, and a long-term contract that worked well for three years. They say that they work on a short-term basis for 10 years, and now they are in a long-term contract, which provides greater protection. However, even after 13 years of work, there is still no suggestion that the university should be fully established
"It's cheap labor for universities," they say. " They don't pay us more. I still get paid for the class. "
The average number of regular teachers explained to them is usually five courses per year. Under their previous contracts, they were trained in seven classes per year. Now they say that the burden for the training course is down to six grades. And many part-time teachers must perform administrative actions to compensate
They also noted that there is nothing new in the universities that are going on strike
"Every time a group of part-time professors has to sign a new collective agreement, the university is trying to postpone the discussion," the professor said. "And the result is always fine, let' s strike."
Arend says that up to York University all signs point to an extended working stop
" The bureaucrats of the administration refuse to meet with our bidding. And he refused to do so at the end of February, " he said. They continue to ignore our priority proposals and continue to insist on a concession contract, which is a key element of our existing treaty. "
At the end of the day, students at the University of Ontario should not worry about repeating the general provincial college strike. But these problems affect the faculty across the province, and tensions are increasing. Arend says that students must prepare for a possible failure, and make sure that they know what to do in case of a strike or lockout at their university
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Victoria St. Michael
Victoria St. Michael is a journalism student at the University of Ottawa