St. FX students feeling effects of strike

John Brannen
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An unidentified participant in the St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers sports a mock-up surveillance camera on his head Friday after the AUT claimed the University was filming their activities. The picket lines resumed after negotiations broke down on Thursday. SUBMITTED

ANTIGONISH – As the St. Francis Xavier University administration and the St. FX Association of University Teachers step away from yet another failed negotiation, students are beginning to wonder whether their voices are being heard.

On Thursday, both parties met to seek a resolution to the impasse but neither proposal was satisfactory to either party.  The strike by academic workers at St. FX has continued since then.

Cecily Gilby, a second year student from Lyons Brook, said she and her classmates thought the strike would have been resolved long before now.

“When the strike started, there was no talk of cancelling the semester,” said Gilby. “It now looks like a distinct possibility.”

She says that students have been instructed to continue following their syllabi and readings as if classes were still ongoing.

“It’s a tall order. It’s tough because professors can’t answer our questions or give us any info.”

Lysa McGrath, a fifth year student from Cole Harbour, says her graduation is now in jeopardy.

“It’s quite nerve wracking now that they’re talking about moving graduation,” said McGrath.

“I’ve applied for summer jobs and grad schools and all that is up in the air now.”

She hopes a speedy solution can be found as soon as possible. “They need to get back to the bargaining table and think about us, the students.”
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Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University, FX Association of University

Geographic location: Lyons Brook

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  • Student
    February 11, 2013 - 17:17

    Have fun paying back all the late fees from boycotting paying your tuition. Also, nicely said Jennifer B.

  • Jennifer B
    February 11, 2013 - 13:02

    That earlier comment was obviously written by a professor. Really, what are the students to do? The students that come from out-of-province and have financial aid, their money automatically got paid to the school on their behalf, it's not like they could call Ontario aid and say "don't pay the school, they are on strike". Come on. If you are a professor, what are you comparing your wages and benefits too? You can't compare them to schools like York U or Queens, etc. Those areas have a higher cost of living. Quite honestly, if you don't like the way your being treated by St. FX, I suggest you polish your resume and start applying for the universities you are comparing yourself to. That is what us in the private sector do. Due to the economy, many of us didn't receive wage increases or cost of living increases as you mention. Sorry but the majority of Canadians cannot strike, we don't belong to a union. If we don't like it, we apply and get another job. What do you really think you are teaching the students? I agree to stand up for what you believe in, but what if they don't believe in the same thing as you? The students were originally on the side of the professors, but not anymore. Check again. This strike is hurting the students that should graduate (and may not) this May, students who live off campus that now have to pay more rent, 12th year high school students will choose a different university as why would you want to attend a school that is on strike, etc. The administration met the union more than half- way, which is more than what most working Canadians will see - so accept it and move on.

  • STFX student
    February 10, 2013 - 05:34

    Wow really they need to think of the students? How arrogant is this girl, these teachers are being forced to work underpaid jobs they are fighting for a better life for themselves and their families while the administration wants nothing to do with it and would rather lay people off and cut pensions and benefits, If you want this to end DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Boycott tuition fees like I am as I don't have access to the classrooms or teachers so what am I paying for? Students need to stand up to this it isn't the teachers fault it's the administrations quit complaining and do something about it!