File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0101, message 24


Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 11:50:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: BHA: TOTAL VICTORY


Hi guys,

I just wanted to send an update to let you know that after 11 weeks and
every single strike breaking tactic our university could dream up (including
a forced ratification vote on their supposed final offer), we WON our strike!  

We won every single thing that we wanted, beyond our wildest dreams.  Once
their forced vote failed, they found themselves in danger of losing the
school year (as a result of having refused to bargain for almost three
months).  It took them 4 more days, but they caved.  

The key political issue was around tuition (which in Canada is not covered
for grad students as part of an over-all financial package, as is common in
the US).  We won a dollar for dollar increase in wages to match any tuition
increase during the life of the contract.  This is unprecedented contract
language in our sector.

In the end we had the active support of the major industrial unions (the
auto workers and steel workers, among others, were out on our lines in force
the day after we defeated the forced vote) and were even huge, front page
news three or four days running.  And we won.

Relieved and proud in Toronto,
r. 

   



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