Socialist Fightback Students

Doug Ford suppresses student protest under guise of ‘free speech’

Comrades of Fightback protesting against fascist speakersOn August 30, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced he will force all universities and colleges in Ontario to enforce a so-called “free speech policy”. Let us be very clear: this ‘“free speech policy” is in reality an anti-protest law; a muzzle for students who are rightly protesting fascists and racists on campus. This Orwellian doublespeak means that  Ford will be defending the “free speech” of his right-wing friends, while at the same time stripping that same right away from students and workers on campus.

Transit costs mount after VIVA ends bus service to YorkU

Viva Purple and Orange lines will no longer be travelling to York University.  (Photo Credit: DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR)On Wednesday, September 5, thousands of commuters from York Region learned that the VIVA Purple and Orange routes will no longer be going to York University. Students will now be forced to either take a YRT bus to Pioneer Village Station and walk 20 minutes to campus, or take the VIVA Orange to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and pay an additional $3.25 to take the subway to York University station. For a student who commutes 5 days a week, this means taking a less time efficient route, and spending an additional $180 a month. Some students will be required to use GO bus services due to these service changes, costing them upwards of an additional $5 per trip, or $400 of additional travel expenses per month. According to The Toronto Star, this change is the result of a binding agreement made by York Region Council and the TTC in 2009. The purpose of this was to avoid “duplication of services”, under the assumption that by the time the TTC subway extension was completed, the various regional transit systems (TTC, YRT/VIVA, Zum) would be integrated under one fare system. This is clearly not the case today.   

No to reprisals against students and workers at York University!

yorkuThe York University administration is preparing the grounds for carrying out reprisals against members of CUPE 3903 as well as undergraduates and other campus workers who supported the strike movement. The York University’s “Code of Conduct” is being mobilized as a tool to repress democratic dissent.

CUPE 3903 at a crossroads: surrender or fight and defy!

More than 100 days into the longest-ever strike in the university sector in English-speaking Canada, lecturers and graduate students at York University are facing a crossroads. Exhaustion and division in the union are undermining the struggle. While an important layer of the union rank and file want to continue the struggle and refuse to accept concessions, there is another layer that has become more and more demoralized.

Vote 'no’ on the ratification vote!

Cupe 3903 logoWe, Socialist Fightback Students, have stood shoulder to shoulder with our lecturers since the beginning of the strike at York University. Many of our profs have endured hardships and sacrifices fighting for retirement benefits, a first-of-its-kind sexual violence survivors’ fund, living wages, and many more things to improve our campus life. It was despicable to hear that two members of the Bargaining Team (from Unit 2) defected to the side of the administration by holding a secret meeting where it was decided to initiate a ratification vote on a concessionary agreement.

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