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Exec Corner: Regarding strike, short-term sacrifices are better for long-term goals

Opinion | January 9th, 2006



Editorial opinions or comments expressed in this online edition of Interrobang newspaper reflect the views of the writer and are not those of the Interrobang or the Fanshawe Student Union. The Interrobang is published weekly by the Fanshawe Student Union at 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd., P.O. Box 7005, London, Ontario, N5Y 5R6 and distributed through the Fanshawe College community. Letters to the editor are welcome. All letters are subject to editing and should be emailed. All letters must be accompanied by contact information. Letters can also be submitted online by clicking here.
Dear Students,
As the President of the Fanshawe Student Union I would like to take just a couple minutes of your time to inform you of a serious matter that might affect your plans for ‘Spring Break' here at Fanshawe College. On November 29th, the college's full-time faculty members collectively, represented by the Ontario Public Services Employee's Union (OPSEU), voted 95.6 per cent in favour of rejecting the final offer from college management and have set a date of March 7, 2006 for a potential strike if a new collectively agreement is not reached.

If a new collective agreement is not reached more than 9,000 full-time faculty members across all 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology will be on strike. At the current time, negotiations have broken off.

I feel that it is my job as your elected student president to keep you informed and educated of the issues that could affect your education.

As a member of the College Student Alliance (CSA), we have worked with our colleagues throughout the province to develop an informational Web site - www.collegestrike.com. The goal of the Web site is to provide you with general information about the strike as well as a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, which I hope will answer most of your questions. The Web site also provides direct links to the Ontario Public Services Employee's Union (OPSEU), who represents the Faculty and the College Compensation and Appointments Council (The Council), who represents the college management in bargaining. In addition, the Web site will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information available.

I encourage you to visit www.collegestrike.com on a regular basis to keep informed as developments happen over the next few months.

Thank you,
Melissa D. Smart
President,
Fanshawe Student Union
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