Students held hostage
This is my response to Nina Naumenko, president of OPSEU Local 655, that “they’re forcing an offer we don’t agree with and we’re going to vote no on it” (Nov. 10 in The Sudbury Star).
You state that you have a strong message to send out there. Well, there are many people who want to send a strong message right back at you. Holding our children and grandchildren ransom has serious financial ramifications.
Sending children to college requires tremendous planning and financial commitments. My grandson worked for a year to save enough money for tuition and housing, along with his mother’s financial support. This will now be lost and all for naught.
Please remember many students come from far distances and have to get housing in place, which sometimes means paying for a month prior to actually needing it. He texted me after hearing the bad news, asking: “Who is going to compensate me for all the money I’ve lost to date?”
Being a millennial, he points out that many of his friends have parents who hold more than one job. And for many students, having a part-time job is a reality of life.
I get your message. In a perfect world, I would like to see everyone with a full-time position. I would like to see smaller class sizes so students can get a better educational experience. I, too, would like all the things for which you are fighting.
But the reality is the regular folks out here, meaning seniors on fixed incomes and all the working people in the private sector holding more than one job (or for that matter, some can’t find work at all), news flash: we are all struggling. The money to cover your demands has to come from somewhere and guess what, I’m guessing somewhere down the line, it comes in the form of creative tax grabbing strategies and that means us.
So all we are asking is, don’t hold students ransom for your fight. This strike has already done enough financial damage. Get together to find a working model that brings in the financial realities of the day to the plan. Get back to teaching in the meantime.
My grandson shares the feelings of many students. They are stressed out and just want to get back to getting educated. Bob Hibbs Sudbury