unionization and strikes at Guelph University
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Unions would not be necessary if employers treated their workers fairly - but they rarely do. The University of Guelph is now simply another large bureaucratic organization in which ‘screw the workers’ is the order of the day. Unionization is necessary at Guelph given the ignoring of agreed due process and attempts to change firm agreements which the University of Guelph administration has been guilty of for at least ten years. I have personal experience of the attitude of the Guelph University administration, having taken the University to court (without the support of the then non-unionized U of G Faculty Association of which I had been a member for at least 35 years) for failing to follow agreed procedures and finding that I lost because non-unionized agreements have no standing in law (I had one lawyer - the University had at least six at the hearing - your tax dollar at work! - and these are the people who say they are short of money ). Ask yourself why the staff found it necessary to join the
steelworkers union (hardly a good fit) and why the U of G Faculty association found it necessary to unionize - because the U of G administration decides to do exactly what they like with no consideration for anything except their own power egos - least of all the students (the grad students, the most easily intimidated of all members of the University nearly had a strike a while back). The U of G is, as someone so neatly put it to me, going to hell in a handcart because of the ignorance, incompetence, and underhand devious manipulations of many of its current administrators. I left the University of Guelph early, this January, after 38 years as a faculty member because I was tired of the mean-spirited and vindictive attitude of the administration to any questioning, criticism, or advising of practices which might constitute criminal negligence. I now thankfully have a Faculty position in China where, despite the greater control than in Canada, you can bank on competent administrators following procedures,
rather than spouting self-serving pious nonsense about consultation and consideration and then doing the opposite -which is what happens at the University of Guelph.