Tuesday, November 24, 2009

To Strike or not to Strike...that seems to be the question at the moment

Last night, while "working on my media kit" * (see procrastinating) for Writing Lab, I was checking out the updates on Twitter. I came across my friend Cara's latest tweet, which caught my eye and made me sit up a little straighter in my chair. "Strike Vote Possible for Faculty", the headline of the article said. To make a long story short, there's the possibility that Humber profs might be going on strike, and could strike as soon as Dec. 21. After having a brief read of it, I started to wonder: What, and how much of, an effect a strike (if it happens) will this have on our program after Christmas?

It's not really rocket science; If the profs go on strike on Dec. 21, and haven't reached an agreement by January...we most likely won't be having class. I know it says that it's full time profs, and we do have a few part timers, but I believe the full-time out number the part-time.

It's not just Humber that will be affected; Seneca, for example, is just another one of many colleges and schools that would be affected by this possible strike. I have a cousin at Seneca at the moment, and he too is concerned about a possible strike. Though I don't think he's stressing about it like I am.

A lot of people in my class have read the article and are concerned, as we obviously would be. However, one of our teachers today said she thought it was unlikely it would happen, though it's not just up to Humber profs to make the decision, it's all the full-time profs in the union. Fingers crossed she's right though.

So, what are your thoughts? If there is a strike and it goes on into next term, what do you think will happen? Will we still get our Reading Week in February? How much will it effect our internships which are supposed to start in May?


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  2. Same shit, different school. Just about every school I've been to has faculty unions threatening a strike every three years. I just hope this time they're smart enough to realize a recession isn't the smartest time to be whining about more pay, better working condiitons and benefits when most of us are barely getting by with minimum-wage jobs that we are WAY overqualified for.

    Just like with the CUPE strike in the summer - the older generations always win, and students always end up losing.