CUPE 3903's Strike at York University is about Control
Friday, January 23, 200923 Comments
What you may not be aware of is CUPE’s quieter, less well known aims. Their goal is to have all university contract faculty, TA’s and the like have a contract expiry date in 2010 which would put every single CUPE chapter in a legal strike position.
In other words, CUPE is setting themselves up to essentially take control on Ontario’s universities by having the power to shut down much of Ontario’s post secondary education system. The strike at York isn’t about getting paid better, or ‘ensuring fairness in education’ or any of the other reasons being presented by CUPE as a smokescreen. It is another attempt in a carefully orchestrated campaign by CUPE to consolidate their power.
What would this mean? Well, look at York University. People are choosing to drop out and go to other schools and enrolment is dropping. The school is losing money daily and could even be forced to shut down if the strike is not resolved soon and student tuition money begins flowing in again. Imagine this on a province wide scale, Ontario schools could suffer their own brain drain with students flocking to out of province schools as opposed to risking the instability of their local CUPE chapter threatening to strike. Even worse yet, imagine a provincial university system controlled by CUPE (which brings me back to Sid Ryan’s boycott attempts). I can’t imagine we’d see any Israeli academics (among others) on campus after that. Why am I writing this on a University of Guelph website? Because it could affect you. Next time you see CUPE members out and about asking for your support, take a moment to consider what arbitrarily throwing your support behind them in the name of ‘worker solidarity’ really means.
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