Students lives matter
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We have now completed three and a half weeks of strike that could have possibly ended when both parties were negotiating at the table on November 6, 2017. Council had decided after 4 days of negotiations, that they were requesting a vote from faculty and threw away other offers.
As a full-time student attending College I am heavily impacted by this strike. Not only has our tuition been given for this semester, but some of us also received OSAP and grant funding through the government. This money is currently being used while we sit at home waiting for the strike to end. Due to the lack of communication between the colleges and students in regards to the strike we feel as though this has led to stress, anxiety, uncertainty and mixed emotions about our futures. We have also been denied the opportunity to seek education elsewhere such as a university or online courses due to the lack of communication.
Students still have not recieved a plan should the strike continue after faculty voting on Novermebr 16, 2017. How are we able to obtain employment when we don’t know when the strike is going to end? Up to this point we never had a possible end date for the strike, it was a day to day basis.
We feel as though we are being used as pawns as the colleges have already secured our tuition funds and have claimed to have “backup” plans to ensure our academic year is not lost. However, How can our colleges ensure we are going to receive all the weeks we have currently lost without cancelling the semester and starting over again? Certain programs require a set amount of hours we need to obtain through placements, as well as academic teaching how is this going to be obtained?
The president of Loyalist College Dr Ann Marie Vaughan, as well as the Vice president Ann Drennan said in a student question period on Novermber 8, 2017 that they will do everything possible to ensure our academic year is not lost including “compressing” material. How can we as students feel as though we have received all valuable and necessary information we have paid for to feel confident in our careers?
We have employed our colleges to teach us the required information necessary to obtain the careers of our choice. We feel as though the Colleges need to be held accountable for this failure. As a student in College I will not settle with being “fast tracked” through my program, and possibly required to attend school on evenings and weekends away from family and possible employment opportunities.
What we are asking
1) The weeks we have lost in class need to be replaced as we have paid for them.
2) Tuition reimbursement and OSAP forgiveness for the current semester that we have not been able to attend. So a percent of the total amount
This is about students and our lives as well on this matter. Each one of us has our own unique needs while some students are expecting babies and will now miss out on graduation this year, others have children and lost daycare placements.
We now have a list why returning to college is going to be harder and financially debilitating which we should not have to endure on top of our academic studies.
Lets stand up and stand together to end this Strike!
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