From: news and announcements for members of CUPE local 3903
[3903NEWS@YorkU.CA] on behalf of michelle lowry [mlowry@YorkU.CA]
Sent: December 5, 2000 8:37 AM
Subject: Solidarity Letters
Letters of solidarity from Caroline Fusco at U of T; Albert Masters at U
of T;Tina Basi - MA Gender Studies,Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy.University of Leeds; Joel Duff,
President Graduate Students' Association, University of Ottawa
Here's a letter of support from a colleague at UofT, who registers her
concern that York-sponsored events (such as the LaMarsh Centre-sponsored
Michael Smith Seminars on Violence & Sport) are continuing off-campus...
From: caroline fusco[SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: December 1, 2000 7:48 AM
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: Re: Michael Smith Seminars on Violence and Sport--Dec 7
To whom it may concern,
I am registering my disappointment that this series is going ahead as
planned-albeit in a different venue-while the strike by contract faculty,
graduate assistants and teaching assistants at York University continues.
Relocating events off York campus until the strike is settled only
benefits York University's administration. In order to pressure York
University's Administration into fair contract negotiations the only
available option for the striking staff is to engage in a policy of
disrupting these "normal events" at York University. The appearance of
"business as normal" works against the striking contract faculty, graduate
assistants and teaching assistants at York University.
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>Subject: Michael Smith Seminars on Violence and Sport--Dec 7
>Date: Thu, Nov 30, 2000, 5:19 PM
LAMARSH CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION PRESENTS
THE MICHAEL SMITH SEMINARS ON VIOLENCE AND SPORT:
Relocated off York Campus until settlement of strike)
PICKING UP THE PIECES: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR SPORT INITIATIONS
With Jay Johnson, OISE/UT
Thursday, December 7, 2000
University of Toronto
Benson Building (Corner of Harbord and Spadina)
Boardroom 302 (third floor)
Jay Johnson, B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D, (in process, University of Toronto)
will present some of the traditional practices of initiation and hazing in
sport. Many >> aspects of the rituals can involve degradation,
humiliation, and both physical and sexual assault. Jay will illustrate
some of the cutting-edge programs, which are being inaugurated by athletic
departments in an attempt to curtail abusive types of initiations.
Dear President Marsden:
I am writing to you as in support of the striking CUPE workers at York
University. I believe that their proposals are reasonable and fair.
I believe that as a minimum these workers are entitled to job security for
contract faculty, protection from tuition increases for teaching
assistants and graduate assistants (who perform research for faculty), a
fair first contract for graduate assistants, smaller class sizes, and an
increase. I hope that you will reach a fair settlement soon.
I sincerely hope that this message does not fill your mailbox and that you
do have the time to read and reply to it.
I am writing in regards to the ongoing strike at your university. I am
appalled at the length of time it is taking to reach an agreement and I am
amazed at your lack of sympathy for your students and staff. Surely you
could not have forgotten what it was like to live below the poverty line
to work two jobs in the summer and one part time throughout the semester??
Perhaps you do not share those experiences but I can assure you that a
Does the fact that there has been a 145% increase in tuition over the last
decade mean nothing to you??? How can you not feel a desire to protect the
future of our country from those kinds of tuition increases?? Or to
them from the growing trend towards privatization??? Or is this simply
another case of Baby Boomers getting something for free and taking it away
once they've reaped the rewards??? I am ashamed that my generation must
to you as role models. I find it incredible that an institution such as
is abandoning critical thought to chase the almighty dollar.
The reduction in class sizes, the lack of tenured professors and the
introduction of summer fees are just a few of the issues to which your
and students have not received a response. Instead you offer a wage
BELOW the rate of inflation!! I shudder to think what these kinds of
would to the level of academic achievement in England.
Yes Lorna, I too am a graduate student. I am at the University of Leeds
studying with women such as Griselda Pollock, Ruth Pearson, and Sylvia
Walby. I would be disgusted with my administration if I was unable to
lectures and continue my research because of such disregard and lack of
professionalism on your part.
Beware Lorna, this struggle affects the international academic community
a large way. I suggest you listen to your staff and students as York's
reputation is on the demise and YOU are responsible for that.
I sincerely look forward to your reply.
MA Gender Studies
Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds
November 8, 2000
Ms. Lorna Marsden
Office of the President
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
RE: Full support for CUPE 3903
Dear President Marsden,
On behalf of the 3,000 graduate students at the University of Ottawa, I
wish to express our unconditional support for the fair and reasonable
demands of your striking teaching assistants, contract faculty and
The workers of CUPE 3903 are a vital part of the academic atmosphere of
York University. As such, they deserve the dignity and respect of a fair
collective agreement, immediately. Forcing your workers into a strike
position is detrimental to the learning experience of all of the students
at York and serves to break down collarboration between the York
administration, it's workers and it's students.
The CUPE 3903 workers are not being ambitious in their demands. Rather,
their concerns represent the bare minimum of what educational workers
should be able to expect. Every year, as tuition fees rise faster than
student wages, our ability to succeed becomes increasingly remote. This
represents a great threat to the quality and reputation of a York
University degree. It is incumbent upon the York administration to provide
a living wage for all your workers - fixing wages increases to tuition
increases would demonstrate a commitment to this principle.
In addition, the CUPE 3903 demands demonstrate their commitment to
teaching excellence and to improving the quality of the learning
experience for undergraduate students at York. Reducing class sizes is a
vital step in promoting a learning environment in which students are able
to get the teaching support and attention that they need and deserve.
The resistance of the York administration to meeting your workers' demands
for fairness and respect has forced the CUPE 3903 workers into a strike
situation. As many graduate students of the University of Ottawa are also
CUPE workers, we are watching York's shameful disdain for its employees
with grave concern. University of Ottawa grads urge you to meet your
worker's demands and reach a fair settlement now.
In solidarity with CUPE 3903,
Graduate Students' Association, University of Ottawa