Stu­dents vic­tims of col­lege strike

Simcoe Reformer - - OPINION -

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

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