Volume 94, Issue 54

Tuesday, December 5, 2000


City welcomes new mayor at meeting - DeCicco sworn in

UWO plans for core campus

York students might sue admin

Tim Hortons opens as strike finally ends

Vandals paint Saugeen in act of mischief

CFS protest draws attention to Bill 132

Queen's votes down de-regulation

Corroded Disorder

York students might sue admin

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The ongoing contract workers strike at York University has taken a new turn, as the threat of legal action has been thrown into the already volatile mix.

According to York Federation of Students president, Hasrat Gafoor, the YFS is currently investigating legal proceedings against the university on behalf of the student body at York.

Gafoor said the YFS wants administration to refund students' tuition for classes which have been delayed by the six-week-old strike.

"We're talking to a lawyer [about] suing for tuition and damages incurred as a result of the strike," he said, explaining the YFS decided to look into legal action last week and proceedings are in the preliminary stage. He said he could not confirm any specific monetary damages the YFS may be seeking from the university.

Sine MacKinnon, spokesperson for York University, explained administration has not refunded students because plans exist to ensure all delayed classes will eventually be held. "We've told the students some time ago the completion of the academic year has been guaranteed, though not in the original time frame," she said. "They will receive the education they paid for."

She added students also threatened to sue the university when faculty members went on strike several years ago, but were unsuccessful.

Michael Ma, a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903, the union representing the over 2,000 striking teaching assistants and instructors, said a rally was held last Thursday for students and other supporters of the striking TAs, graduate assistants and contract faculty. The rally was attended by over a 1,000 people and remained peaceful, he said.

Ma explained students on both sides of the dispute are feeling the strain of the ongoing labour dispute. "There was a lot of anger and energy [at the rally]. There's an incredible amount of anger and stress," he said. "As students realize what the strike means, they're coming around to our side. Even the students who are sympathetic to the dark side aren't getting any answers."

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