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Monday September 30th, 2013

Posted at 1:16pm

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In a statement released earlier today, the The University of Windsor’s Engineering Students Society is demanding a quick end to a strike by 282 employees that has lasted over three weeks.

Talks between the University of Windsor and CUPE 1393 broke off early Saturday morning. The union responded by criticizing the University for leaving the bargaining table.

The Engineering Society’s Lotus Pupulin says “students have attended the University of Windsor to receive an education, not to feel hostage to a strike situation.”

Read the full text of the Engineering Students Society’s statement below:

To The Windsor Community,

Over the past two weeks Engineering students as well as many other students across the University of Windsor campus have suffered due to Cupe Local 1393 being on strike. Though it has been repeatedly stated that there will be minimal impact to the student population on campus, our education, experience, and opinion of the University of Windsor has changed.

Students have attended the University of Windsor to receive an education, not to feel hostage to a strike situation. Let us remind you that students have paid tuition to receive this service, a service that is currently sub par. As engineering students we expect to receive hands on laboratory hours to complete our undergraduate degree as per the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Currently these hours are being taken away because of this poorly timed strike. Our education and future careers are in jeopardy due to this strike, yet ‘students are not to be affected’. Our time is valuable. We will not stand for this academic semester being prolonged due to this strike.

As students we have decided to take control of our futures. We will not sit here silently as our tuition and academic year go to waste. We demand that the services that we have already paid for be made available to all students across campus. We demand that we receive the standard of education we were promised when we selected the University of Windsor. If we do not receive this standard of education in the upcoming months we will be looking to hold someone accountable.

The University of Windsor and Cupe Local 1393 need to sit at the table and come to a resolution immediately. Let it be stated that we are not choosing to support either party in this matter. We choose to support our students and their rights to an education.

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