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102.1 the Edge makes scene at CUPE’s York picket line


 

A Toronto radio station decided to expression the widespread frustration at CUPE 3903’s strike by creating a scene Tuesday at one of the picket lines set up at a York University entrance.

The audio is available here (click Todd at York): http://www.edge.ca/DJsandShows/DeanBlundellShow/Audio.aspx

Todd went to the picket line and attempted to clear a path for vehicles to allow people to pass the picket line without waiting. Words ensued between picketers and Todd.

While I understand the frustration held by many at CUPE 3903, I have to speak out against taking action against the picket lines. CUPE has the legal right to slow down traffic entering the York campus. Hurling insults at the picketers does nothing to resolve the situation and only inflames tensions.

I agree with the anger felt by CUPE 3903 at The Edge.

Clearly, this work fits perfectly into the “Shock Jock” genre and my writing to criticize the action it is exactly what the Edge hoped to achieve in performing the stunt.


 

102.1 the Edge makes scene at CUPE’s York picket line

  1. Well at least someone has the balls to do something rather than wait for the two parties to start talking again.

    If only our government had those kinds of balls. Then again, they wouldn’t be politicians.

  2. I think I should start listening the station.

  3. Haha nice one! Todd expressed clearly what every frustrated student wants to say to the union. Honestly, I wish more people would create a scene like this. If there’s no media coverage of the strike, then no one’s gonna care about it. Kudos to the Dean Blundell Show for thinking up such a creative act in support of the suffering students!

  4. Yeah, it really takes ‘balls’ to hassle someone, w-o-w.
    I am a long time listener of 102.1 the edge, but they pull this type of crap on a daily basis. Put as much stock in it as anything else they or others do 4 publicity. It helps nothing, except for ratings.

  5. @wth76 If you think about it, it did take balls to go out there and antagonize a whole group of picketers all on his own.

  6. Harassing picketers isn’t really something that requires guts or courage or even shows moral/ethical fortitude. All it shows is a lack of respect for the rule of law. And for what? For a few laughs at the expense of striking graduate students and contract faculty? Because they have no right to strike because they’re eggheads that do nothing all day but fetch coffee?

    Anyone who thinks that being a grad student or contract faculty is easy or that this strike is silly has never been a grad student or been contract faculty. There is a special type of humiliation that comes with those jobs. A grad student/contract faculty has enough skills to get a high paying industry job, yet they get paid on average $15000-$22000 per year and are treated like children. They do as much work if not more than a typical HS teacher. Grad students do research toward their degrees *and* teach or TA courses. TAing involves as much, if not more, effort than teaching because it involves meeting students directly, marking papers/exams, communicating with the prof, and running/organizing tutorials. In industry, they would be referred to as the central interface between the professor and the student body. It’s a tough job.

    Now before anyone says “then why don’t they just get industry jobs”, about 50% quit and go into industry. Many will also run off to the US where graduate students and contract faculty are better treated (for example, they get offices, set working hours and are generally treated like a University employee rather than endentured labour).

    At York, you actually can’t do graduate work *without* doing TA or contract faculty work. Oh, and the amount you get paid as a TA or contract faculty *does not* cover a grad student’s tuition, which is the same as an undergraduate student’s despite the fact that grad students take only a third of the courses and don’t use University facilities (they use facilities paid for from their supervisor’s grant money, which *does not* come from the Univserity, but from private funding).

    Given all this, I don’t think that it’s much to ask that TAs and Contract Faculty get treated with respect, both by the University and by people going into the University during the strike. Harassing picketers shows a complete lack of respect for the Canadian labour process, for graduate students, for faculty members, and for working people in general (because while TAs and faculty don’t toil on an assembly line, they still work — and where do we put the cutoff of who’s work is more worthy for striking?)

    Finally, one take away here is that while many people have noticed that the TAs and faculty are on strike, how many people would notice if the 102.1 morning show would suddenly go on strike?

    That’s all
    SP
    A former grad student who quit because she was sick of living with the roaches and got herself a nice, cozy industry job where she does about a third the work for triple the pay.

  7. Give me a break. We’ve all heard of these complaints before- we are TAs, we do a lot of work, and we are underappreciated, therefore give us more money… or we’ll disrupt the university’s normal routine! It’s this kind of egotistical thinking that grants you strikers no sympathy. The fact that you think your financial problems outweigh the educational rights of 50,000 undergrads – who by the way PAID for their education – shows your utter insensitivity to the needs of others. You cannot achieve something by infringing upon the rights of the others.
    So you think the economy is affecting you badly? Well we’re all in the same boat together. Everybody in this world is suffering. Why do TAs feel like they need special privileges and treatment?
    I’ll repeat what many people already said: you don’t like your job, change it. Life’s not fair, so deal with it.
    Come on, people, this strike is starting to look like a temper tantrum of a five year old: give me more candy mommy or else I’ll cry as hard as I can and give you no peace! Boo-hoo.
    Grow up.
    And don’t bother replying since I have better things to do than keep watch over a message board.

  8. “Oh, and the amount you get paid as a TA or contract faculty *does not* cover a grad student’s tuition, which is the same as an undergraduate student’s despite the fact that grad students take only a third of the courses and don’t use University facilities (they use facilities paid for from their supervisor’s grant money, which *does not* come from the Univserity, but from private funding).”

    First: What do you define as “university facilities”? All undergrads must use are the lecture hall, the library, and equipment during lab sessions. Graduate students also use lecture halls, the library, and equipment (both inside their own lab as well as shared common equipment). Who pays for the water, electricity, building maintenance? Should graduate students, to fulfill this “not using the university’s resources” start cleaning up after themselves, taking out the garbage, running outside the school to get packages? Get a grip. Graduate students use university resources. All those journals that you can access electronically? All those books in the library? They ain’t free. Be glad that the universities aren’t run like a Blockbuster. Need this book for your thesis? 3 bucks a day!

    Second: York TA’s tuition: ~5400. After rebates, ~3600. Average annual TAship: ~12000.

    “Finally, one take away here is that while many people have noticed that the TAs and faculty are on strike, how many people would notice if the 102.1 morning show would suddenly go on strike?”

    Given that the 102.1 share is about 500000 to 800000 people, a lot of people.

  9. @MM:

    “And don’t bother replying since I have better things to do than keep watch over a message board.”

    No, apparently you don’t!

  10. SP writes: a grad student/contract faculty has enough skills to get a high paying industry job, yet they get paid on average $15000-$22000 per year and are treated like children.

    No. A grad student is in school being provided the skills to get a high paying industry job at a highly subsidized rate — and, in addition, are given access to high paying part-time work while they are provided said skills.

    Graduate school is not a career. It is not an end in itself. It is an education, and it is a means to next steps.

    SP also writes that the amount you get paid as a TA or contract faculty *does not* cover a grad student’s tuition, which is the same as an undergraduate student’s despite the fact that grad students take only a third of the courses and don’t use University facilities (they use facilities paid for from their supervisor’s grant money, which *does not* come from the Univserity, but from private funding).

    Isn’t the opposite true? Graduate students are the primary users of expensive and complex scientific equipment and laboratories which cost enormous amount of money to purchase and maintain. They get free access to and, indeed, are often paid to work on, this equipment. In doing so, they get a highly valuable education which can translate into lucrative industry careers — or into academic careers which trade off some of the salary for time and intellectual freedom.

    That holds true even for those social sciences and humanities students who don’t require advanced scientific equipment (although even in those areas, advanced computing and software facilities are often important). The primary university resource they use, and generally in abundance, is surely their broad and personal access to professors’ time!

  11. Hope that this strike will be over soon. CUPE organizers and members should realize that whatever pay they get is much better than other third world countries. We are all affected Financially in this global crises. Rich and poor. Why can’t we make our world a better place to live for the future of our children Education is the most important part of our lives even if we can not afford it. We try our best as parents to help our children have a good education but because of the GREED and SELFISHNESS for more pay we forget what life is really meant to be. Rich probably had lose at lot and what do you think happens to the poor people who struggle to earn a living so they could feed their families everyday.They should be happy for they are getting ($45.00/hour) which in the third world countries is equivalent to a year’s pay from what they are getting per hour.

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