Today is day 63 of the York University Strike and let me tell you it isn’t fun. And I’m mad for obvious reasons. The other day I decided to write a letter to the editor of the Windsor Star about the strike and yesterday they published it. You can click on the link to read it on their website or keep scrolling and read it below!
Reader Letter: Strike at York University costing students
Two years ago I was an excited Grade 12 student who had just accepted an offer to my dream school: Glendon College – York University. Little did I know that my dream school would soon become my worst nightmare.
At the beginning of March 2018, I was counting down the days until I was officially finished my second year of school, but on March 5 everything came to a halt when CUPE 3903 — the union representing teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants — went on strike.
Though some classes continued, mine were cancelled and I returned home with high hopes that a deal would be made within a few days. It is now two months later and there is no end in sight. Though York University claims to have the interest of their 50,000 students at heart, many of us have been left in the dark.
Only a few weeks ago, I was accepted for an exchange through York International to the University of West Indies – Cave Hill campus in Barbados. Though York University is now offering a tuition credit, which allows students to drop out of their current classes and retake them by the end of winter semester 2019 without repaying tuition, this is not an option for me or any other future exchange students. If I decide to drop my courses now, I will not be compensated in my fourth year, meaning I will have to pay full tuition again in order to finish classes that I already started.
I work extremely hard during the summer months to pay for my schooling in Toronto and frankly I am worried that I made a poor investment in my education. Not only will it cost me thousands of more dollars but thousands of more hours than I bargained for.
Libbey Jean Dresser, Wheatley