Students victims of college strike
i have two children in college presently affected by the teachers strike. They are feeling very frustrated how this is affecting their life now and their future. They also feel powerless to do anything about the situation. i’m sure the teachers have legitimate concerns, but the students are the victims here. Not only are they not getting an education – a service that they have paid for - but they are acquiring extra costs.
i wonder what would happen if the 500,000 students filed a class action suit, naming both sides of this dispute to make restitution for the money they are losing. Not only does this include the tuition paid but the extra housing, food and other cost of living expenses to be incurred if the school year is extended, as they are now suggesting.
The students’ summer income will be reduced and osap loans increased as a result; plus students who would have graduated are missing out on potential full-time employment or raises after completing apprenticeship requirements. and don’t forget the added stress this situation has created.
Would this action maybe give the students some leverage to get this resolved sooner? There may not be an immediate resolution, but i strongly believe the teachers must suspend their strike action; there are too many people’s lives being affected. Jennifer Walker Simcoe