Written by Nicole Tilin, President of Hillel York
As March rolled around the corner, so did the onset of the infamous strike. Following negotiations between the York administration and CUPE 3903 (the union representing York’s contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and part-time librarians and archivists), the two sides did not come to an agreement and CUPE 3903 decided to strike. Members and supporters of the union halted classes and student presence at York decreased.
The strike is affecting the York population in a number of ways, resulting in mixed feelings from all sides. Frustration is looming from students and instructors that are frantically trying to finish their semesters in a timely manner, while the York administration and CUPE 3903 members are stubbornly dismissing one another.
Regardless of the mess on campus, Hillel is always there for its students. Students went with Hillel to watch the Toronto Raptors STRIKE again, STRIKED it up at Bowlerama, and visited Farmhouse Garden Animal Home Sanctuary with the Humane Society at YorkU. The Jewish Learning Fellowship is ongoing and “Have you heard of…”, our new business and innovation blog series that highlights the amazing work of York Hillel students outside of school featured our first student, Benjamin Hantsis, who started his company after finding a gap in the tattoo market (be sure to check “PICKTHEINK” out on our website!). Although the strike has been on for around a month already, the semester continues to unfold and students continue to be involved and ensure their semester finishes with a bang, just like it began!