CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Québec Students Strike: 230,000 are out

It is now estimated that 230,000 students are on strike in Quebec. The CSN and FTQ (two of the largest trade union federations) have both endorsed the strike. Today's demonstration was reported at more than 10,000 people in Montreal, but chances are it was even larger than that.

Instead of restoring the $103 million cut from grants, the Education Minister offered just over $40 million in "loan forgiveness" for those students who complete their programme. This proposal was rejected since it is less than half of what the government cut, and since back-end relief will still leave the student aid system as a predominantly loan based programme.

In solidarity,

Pam Frache,
Ontario Campaigns and Government Relations Coordinator,
Canadian Federation of Students

This is a link to CTV coverage, including some downloadable video.


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