Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Students supporting the striking faculty union at York University are currently occupying the York University Senate chambers to push for a full cancellation of classes, among other items.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903 has been on strike since Mar. 5, with classes continuing for faculty not part of the union.

Marginally less staff are part of the other campus union, the York University Faculty Association.

The occupying students still remain rooted to their spot in the chambers.

Students have stated four demands they want fulfilled before departing the chambers.

Primarily, they want to have all classes cancelled until the strike is over, a move the Senate has previously delayed with the support of the university administration.

Secondly, the student group demands York return to the negotiating table with CUPE 3903 without offering concessions.

The group also demands a tuition refund to all students for the Winter term, a request made by Humber College students last fall which was denied.

A final listed demand is for more information on why York’s president, Rhonda Lenton, allegedly spent at least $20,000 on “personal expenses”.

The occupiers set a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday for the university to meet the demands, but there has been no response from York, said the students on Twitter.


More details to follow. Image of the scene from Karmah for BoG on Twitter.

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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