To Faculty Council:
We are very pleased to learn that the University and CUPE 3903 appear to have reached an agreement that meets the membership’s demands. As law students burdened with debt and facing uncertain futures, we recognize CUPE 3903’s needs—for affordable tuition, for equitable employment practices, for job security—as consistent with our own. CUPE 3903 struck to create better employment and learning conditions. The university will be stronger for it. We appreciate their efforts.
Throughout the labour disruption the Osgoode Strike Support Committee (OSSC) was pleased to find that our colleagues, the faculty, and the law school’s administration were amenable to our concerns and welcoming of our interventions in the decisions of Faculty Council and the Administration.
In that spirit, we write one last time to share our perspective on the strike and the school’s response to it. We make these points not to re-litigate the issues but in the hope that they may inform Osgoode’s practices in the future, especially going into and during any future labour disruptions.
The Resumption of Classes
Osgoode students walked the picket lines in solidarity with CUPE 3903 members every day of the strike. We were there when people ran the lines with their cars, when women and racialized picketers were subjected to hateful speech, when individuals tried to physically intimidate union members from exercising our legal rights. We were there when someone began issuing death threats and said that he would come back later with his gun.
The picket lines were dangerous, and they became more dangerous when Senate Executive approved Osgoode’s request to resume classes in the midst of the strike.