March 5, 2018

The Canadian Federation of Students supports workers currently on strike at Carleton University and York University

At Carleton, 900 administrative, technical, and library workers who are members of CUPE Local 2424 went on strike today (Monday, March 6) to oppose the university administration’s proposal to eliminate language from their collective agreement that protects their defined benefit pension plan. Should the university administration be successful, other workers at Carleton could also lose their defined benefit pensions.

At York, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and research assistants — all represented by CUPE Local 3903 — also went on strike today. According to the union, the university administration has rejected the union’s proposals for guaranteed funding for teaching assistants; job security for contract faculty; restoring 800 eliminated graduate assistant jobs; and prioritizing equity, anti-racism and anti-sexual violence on campus.

Students know that working conditions are learning conditions, and that many students are also workers. Students are also future workers and expect fair treatment and compensation, and the ability to retire in dignity someday.