From: YUFA in solidarity with CUPE 3903 [YUFA-CUPE@YorkU.CA] on behalf
of Louise Ripley [lripley@YorkU.CA]
Sent: October 31, 2000 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: crazed driverS (fwd)
We had a similar incident on Sentinel Road this afternoon, a guy in a black
SUV-type thing who came in through the exit lanes, swaggered out of his car
and moved a pylon aside, got back in his car, during which time several CUPE
people had placed themselves in front of his car and I had replaced the
pylon, and he then proceeded to drive at the guys until they had to drop
back, and drove over the pylon and in toward campus. He later returned to
the line, parked, and came out to talk to cars to tell them "his side." He
claimed to be a CUPE member himself, which brought cries of "shame! shame!"
from the CUPE picketers. Picket captains got his licence number and the
police came, but I'm never sure in a strike whether the police will really
be any help; surely they weren't at the Main gate with Joel's student. I
left my name as a witness.
An unsuccessful try at a run through the CUPE lines at Glendon earlier
today, by a woman this time, in another black SUV, who kept bumping her
vehicle against picketers. I was very touched in both instances because
picketers were so concerned for my dog, who accompanied me on my visit to
two lines today as a YUFA supporter. But not to worry, colleagues, you may
have noticed that I have my priorities straight -- I am always between my
dog and any threat!! At Glendon, I heard the picket captain say to the
driver, in a gentle voice, "you just can't drive that way around here; we
have people here; we have dogs here!" Marsha also had her beagle there!
Glendon CUPE had been joined today by representatives from the Post Office
union and these guys, along with CUPE picketers and supporters, forced the
woman to back out of the main Glendon entrance; they simply refused to allow
anyone so dangerous to enter the campus! Many cheers were raised!