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MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Protest by York University Students and Faculty

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2000 at 2:45 p.m.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE, Local 3903), students and faculty at York University, will hold a protest in downtown Toronto to highlight the current labour and educational crisis at York University.

Protestors and supporters will meet at Nathan Phillips Square and will march toward the offices of some members of Yorks Board of Governors.

Now in the 6th week of the strike, the event will highlight the effects of the increasing corporatization of universities on our learning, teaching and working environments. While York University currently has a surplus of $18 million, graduate tuition continues to rise. The Board of Governors has approved a tuition increase of 2% per year over the next 4 years.

This is on top of the 350% increase that has been implemented over the past 10 years. For graduate students, tuition erodes over half of the wages they earn for their teaching and research responsibilities at the university.

CUPE 3903 represents over 2,600 Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants and Research Assistants at York University. The York strikers will be joined by the York Federation of Students, York University Faculty Association, and many unions and community groups across the city.

For information:
Joseph Kispal-Kovacs, President, CUPE Local 3903
(416) 877-2103 (Cell)
Michelle Lowry, Local 3903 Communications Cte.
(416) 877-2109 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)

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