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.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Religious Observance to Continue for Now

York University will maintain its policy of not scheduling classes on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur despite public objections from Jewish professor David Noble.

The Senate Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards (CCAS) conducted a detailed study on negative impacts that could arise from scheduling classes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur concluded that while certain constraints are imposed by the holidays, they remain in-line with class scheduling requirements and will continue to be considered academic holidays.
from Excalibur Wednesday 28 September 2005

This practice originated in 1974 - now kind of replaces Reading Week in the fall. This observance occured prior to classes starting in September long ago, but keeps progressively drifting later in the Gregorian calendar year [the calendar used below to indicate the date of posting.]


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