Every day CUPE 3903 members are humbled by the solidarity voiced by fellow undergraduates, faculty and members of the wider public. Here are interviews with just a select few of those voices.
On Friday, March 20th, Julius Arscott, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 532 showed up at Main Gates to express solidarity with picketing CUPE members. Andrew Winchur had the chance to talk with Julius about OPSEU politics, class consciousness and the challenges facing modern-day Canadian unions.
Julius also talked about the importance of connecting the labour struggles of CUPE and OPSEU to a larger movement of radical working class action:
Here are links to some of the issues, ideas and events Julius mentioned:
- The historic defeat of Ken Georgetti during recent Canadian Labour Congress elections.
- The Workers’ Action Movement, “a cross-union, class struggle caucus that is anti-capitalist, anti-austerity, anti-concessions, and pro-union democracy.”
- The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, “a necessary labour issue in support of Palestine.”
- “The Days of Action,” a massive mobilization of labour during the mid- to late-1990’s against austerity measures introduced by Ontario Premier Mike Harris.