/R E P E A T -- York Federation of Students to provide Relief Fund for undergraduates financially affected by York University strike/

    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The York Federation of Students (YFS) has
created a special Relief Fund for undergraduate students facing financial
hardship due to the ongoing labour dispute between York University and CUPE
3903. The YFS will allocate $40,000 into the Fund, and undergraduates facing
financial distress will be eligible for up to $100 in relief.
    "As a result of the current labour dispute between York University and
CUPE 3903, undergraduate students have suffered financially due to the
cancellation of academic activities" states Krisna Saravanamuttu, YFS Vice
President Equity. "Marginalized students have been detrimentally impacted. For
instance, international students have had to postpone or reschedule visits
back home thereby placing significant financial burdens on their lives."
    The York University strike, now in its 68 day, left thousands of students
unable to return to classes. Students working on campus were subsequently laid
off, and many students are unable to find off-campus jobs due to the
uncertainty around the end of the labour dispute.
    "The ongoing strike leaves 50,000 undergraduate students out in the
cold," says Saravanamuttu. "The Relief Fund will provide greatly needed
assistance to undergraduate students, but the most important thing is to get
them back into their classrooms."

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Krisna
Saravanamuttu, YFS Vice President Equity: (647) 448-0576, vpequity@yfs.ca

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