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Strike at York University Enters Critical Stage

CUPE York StrikeThree months of strike by lecturers and teaching assistants at York University has created a deep crisis at the institution. Most classes during the winter term were not in session, and now the summer term has been shortened and course offerings heavily cut down. This is no surprise as most of the teaching at the university is done by striking members of CUPE 3903.

Marxists mobilize for ‘Racists Aren’t Welcome Here’ rally at Laurier University

32163043 1645379062177313 7859159860934344704 oOn Wednesday, May 9, about 45 Socialist Fightback Students activists from across Southern Ontario played a prominent role in the “Racists Aren’t Welcome Here” rally at Wilfrid Laurier University. The rally was held in response to repeated attempts by Lindsay Shepherd and the Laurier Society for Open Inquiry (LSOI) to invite far-right speakers to the campus.

Abolish the unelected board of governors: Fight for a democratic campus!

Comrade with 'Abolish the millionare board of governors!' placard.On May 1, 2018, the York University Board of Governors held its 458th meeting. This was held amidst the ongoing strike by CUPE 3903 at York University, which is now in its tenth week. The administration and board of governors have come under fire for their conduct during the strike. They have refused to bargain with the union, meeting with them only once so far throughout the strike. This has resulted in an effective lockout of the union, with the administration dragging out the struggle in hopes of starving out the union. The delay in resolving the strike has led to frustration among students, teachers, and workers on campus.

The Co-op Program: Valuable On the Job Training or Indentured Labour for the 21st Century

No to Co-Op Fee Increases

The University of Waterloo boasts that it has the most reputable co-op program in Canada, forming a foundation for many of its programs and boasting a “high success rate.” However, the program has come under scrutiny recently as the co-op fees were again raised at the beginning of the school year. This has caused a backlash, with an online petition and posters critical of the program appearing across campus. We need to end the exploitative nature of co-op placements, end all ancillary fees, and institute free education for all students.

Kitchener May Day: Maoists and anarchists suppress democratic rights

26814679 875018612657638 5008195542944532644 nOn May 1, an outdoor May Day celebration was organized in the Kitchener-Waterloo area at Victoria Park. This celebration of working class struggle and solidarity is an important tradition where different trends within the workers’ movement come together in the spirit of internationalism and class struggle against the capitalists. It is celebrated every year across the globe.

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