Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 02, 2009 15:49 ET

CUPE Media Release-University Under-Funding Fight Takes to the Streets

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Brock Labour and Students Together (BLAST), a strong coalition of Brock University unions, under graduate, graduate students and all occupational groups on campus will take their battle against Brock University budget cuts to the streets on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m.

The rally will address the issues of under-funding that has led the administration of Brock University to declare cuts of five per cent per year for the next three years.

"The under-funding of the university sector in this province is outrageous," said Dan Crow, co-chair of CUPE's Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) and president of CUPE local 4207 at Brock. "Ontario lags behind all the other provinces in the amount of money provided to universities through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

"However, Brock is in a position to budget in a manner that will not be detrimental to the students on this campus, nor the workers."

The rally will start at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Schmon Tower at Brock and will proceed to the Senate meeting prior to 3:00 p.m. Over 300 staff, students and parents are expected to participate. Guest speakers will include Janice Folk-Dawson, chair of CUPE's OUWCC, representatives from the Brock University Faculty Association and OSSTF and members of the various student organizations at Brock.

"This is an issue crucial to every single student, staff and faculty member on this campus," said Megan Martens of BLAST.

"Cutting programs, positions and maintenance only hurts students and employees, it limits academic choices, increases class sizes, and leaves us studying and working in surroundings that are questionable."

According to Sarah Fisher of BLAST, "The university must pressure McGuinty, who claims to be the education premier, and his Liberals into ensuring that they are adequately funded. We are willing to work with the administration and guarantee proper funding and bring the province out of the financial basement."

Brock University Rally against budget cuts at Schmon Tower Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m.

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