Solutions to end the York University Strike: 50,000 students more important than 50th Anniversary

    TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - As the contract faculty, teaching and research
assistant strike at York University enters its fourth week, almost 50,000
undergraduate students are still unable to return to their classrooms. The
York Federation of Students (YFS) is calling upon the York University
Administration to immediately allocate a portion of the more than $160 million
raised in the "York to the Power of 50" fundraising campaign in order to end
the strike.
    "The York Administration has repeatedly stated that there is no money to
meet the demands of CUPE 3903," stated Hamid Osman, YFS President. "We
understand the need to celebrate the University's 50th anniversary, but during
these tough times it's more important to get 50,000 undergraduate students
back into the classroom."
    The "York to the Power of 50" fundraising campaign had reportedly raised
$160 million as of May 2008, towards its $200 million goal. The campaign has
four main priorities: Chairs and Professorships; Scholarships, Awards, and
Student Aid; Infrastructure; and Pioneering Programs and Research. CUPE 3903
members represent over half of the University's teaching component and already
fulfill many of the objectives of the 50th anniversary campaign.
    "A reasonable solution to the strike is within reach; the University must
prioritize its students over an anniversary party with specially branded York
wine bottles and balloon," said Osman. "The money to end the strike does
exist. The York Administration must keep these dollars in mind and get back to
the bargaining table so that students can get back to class."

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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hamid Osman, YFS President: (647) 448-2823,

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