After weeks of uncertainty and what’s felt, at times, like the longest weekend of our lives – OPSEU has announced that over 12,000 faculty will be going on strike across Ontario on Monday morning after negotiations broke down over this weekend. OPSEU has released an official statement here.
As a student, I haven’t figured out how I feel yet. We’ve just started to find a bit of a groove, and it’s disheartening to see that come to a halt. As crazy as school makes me feel sometimes I love what I’m doing. This program has sparked something incredible for me and I don’t want to let go of that. Not knowing how long it’ll be this way is the hardest part.
What I do know, is that I stand firmly in support of our faculty, and OPSEU’s position. As a mature student, it is crucial to me that I find stable employment after graduation. I have no desire for precarious contract work, and believe strongly in fair labour policies.
All we can do now is wait and see how this all plays out, and hope all sides remember that we’ve been left frozen in the middle.