Huron College has a duty to its food service workers who are on strike

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Huron food service staffers launch strike”
Mar. 27, 2007

To the Editor:
After speaking with striking members of Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) local 144, I felt great malignancy with what I had assumed about Western during my two years here and what the reality actually was. I thought Western would apply its ethical standards to all branches of its faculties and affiliates. After speaking with members of the local 144, they informed me they were being underpaid at least $4 per hour for their services compared to Western’s main campus staff. I’m appalled Huron and Western have codes of ethics for labour relations but that these ethics aren’t applied to university affiliates.

If the ethical practices we expect from the university aren’t equitable, why are there even standards? It isn’t the labour contractor who is at fault, it’s the administrators of Western and Huron who have failed to enforce these practical standards to benefit the students and working people of London. They’re responsible for retaining these people for the future and must allow Huron employees the opportunity to achieve the same financial strength as those on main campus.

I don’t feel it’s the members of local 144 who are parading in front of the parking lot, impeding my ability to be a productive member of this academic environment. It’s Western that’s blocking me from achieving my goals. And with that, the onus is on Western to pursue Compass Group Canada to set an equitable pay rate for Huron’s food services department.
"Andrew Abony
Philosophy II

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