Union to U of G: Tuition cuts are needed now
Tuesday, November 4, 20082 Comments
“As educators and supporters of the public post secondary system, we’re working on a daily basis to ensure that access to education is barrier free,” says Trish Altass, the union’s chair.
“This issue is important to us as we negotiate new collective agreements – we want to ensure that working class academics are able to study at U of G.”
The union is negotiating new collective agreements for both of their bargaining units concurrently. The local will meet with the university for a first conciliation meeting on November 7th.
Reducing barriers to education is an important issue in this round of bargaining.
“Economic barriers are a method to marginalize people based on class and economic status and are inherently discriminatory,” says Wilson Harron, the union’s human rights rep.
The union believes that tuition fees are among the greatest barriers faced by students. The union does not support the increases in tuition fees and they are calling for a cut to tuition fees, with the ultimate aim of eradicating them altogether.
“This is a province-wide issue,” says Altass. “The University of Guelph and universities across the province need to show their commitment to ensuring that every qualified student can study, regardless of their socioeconomic status.”
The University of Guelph is currently in a budget deficit. To the union, that shows a clear need for the province to restore funding. The university sector has been plagued in recent years by deferred building maintenance, staffing cuts and an increased corporate presence on campuses.
The members of CUPE 3913, in a unanimous vote, decided to issue this statement calling on the University, as well as the provincial and federal governments to remove the economic barriers faced by students.
CUPE 3913 represents over 1,200 Sessional Lecturers and Teaching Assistants at the University of Guelph, and is the largest trade union in the city.
For more information, please contact:
Trish Altass, Chair, CUPE 3913, or
Wilson Harron, Human Rights and Equity Representative