Open letter regarding the use of strikebreakers at York University

April 18, 2024

Open Letter Regarding the Use of Strikebreakers at York University

We join our voices to firmly and unequivocally condemn the repeated invitations extended by York University to strikebreakers – aka “scabs”– during the 2024 CUPE 3903 strike (ongoing at the time of writing).

The use of strikebreakers is widely recognized as a way for the Employers to further shift the balance of power to their advantage, yet  it prolongs labour disputes and negatively impacts the efforts for fair and just collective bargaining. In doing so, the University delivers a blow to all workers in Ontario, by undermining acceptable and adequate working conditions.

We remind the University the main mandate of the newly created Office of the Equity, People and Culture (EP&C) is to “to build a stronger, more equitable and healthier workplace environment at York University”. For this new division not to be just a façade, the University needs to abide by the principles it promotes.

Sonny Day
President, York University Staff Association

Arthur Hilliker
President, York University Faculty Association

Mackenzie Edwards
Chairperson, CUPE 3903

Frank D’Agostino
President, CUPE 1356

OHFA Executive, Osgoode Hall Faculty Association

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