Cupe 3903 Strike Video

Live and direct from the front lines!

Undergrad takes video of Car Charging Lines

Hi guys

This video was taken the first day of picketing. I’m a third year social work student and decided to go out to the picket lines to show some support. To be honest, I was pretty shocked to see that this was the kind of response you guys were getting out there. May I just say that I am in support of CUPE. The reason for this essentially lays in the fact that I am far too convinced that York University as an institution can afford to give their staff job security, benefits, and better wages. I find it interesting that students are not standing up and demanding where their money is going, because the answer is to those at the top of the administration whom none of which we may ever encounter during our undergraduate career. If the economic recession was truly the reason your demands are being considered “unreasonable” then surely our tuition money wouldn’t have went to the 15% raise last year that involved York’s administrative staff; or rather, the big dogs at the top of the chain who were already making well over 100 grand a year. I want my tuition money to go to those at the forefronts of my education; the people grading my papers, leading tutorials, offering extra help, and overall creating my education experience. Support CUPE!!

-Emily

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | Asshole Drivers, Day 1, Sentinel | Leave a comment

Sights and Sounds From Day 1 – Main Gate

This video captures some of sights and sounds at the Main Gate on Day 1 of the CUPE 3903 strike. “Strike up the band” sing their song “We’ll get poverty line”.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Main Gate, Strike Songs, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Solidarity Forever – Morning of Day 1 at Main Gate

A huge group of CUPE 3903 members sing “solidarity forever” on Day 1 of the strike at the Main Gate.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Main Gate, Strike Songs, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

High Quality Version of John Cartwright Speech

We have posted a higher quality version of John Cartwright, the President of the Toronto and York Labour Council speaking on our picket lines.

John Cartwright, the president of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council which represents 195,000 members, speaks to a rally of CUPE 3903 members. He discusses CUPE 3903’s strike in relation to the global context of labour relations. He situates CUPE 3903’s struggle for increased job security and wages within the global struggle for worker rights.

November 9, 2008 Posted by | Backgrounder, Best of Selection, Day 1, Outside Support | Leave a comment

Cuba Gooding Senior Supports the CUPE 3903 Strike

This is actually a rather random video file put together by a york biology student opposed to the strike, but at 1:42 in this video the student stops a car at the picket line at random, and it turns out that Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father is in the passenger seat, and that he totally supports the strike!  The sound on the rest of the video isn’t terribly great, and the maker of the film is so misinformed that he states that we’re holding cars at the gate for two hours each, but the interview with Gooding Sr. is worth watching.

November 9, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Main Gate, Outside Support | Leave a comment

Guided Tour of Strike Headquarters

This video shows the many activities going on at strike headquarters. Several members express their thoughts on the first day of the strike. One in particular says: “this is one of the most inspiring days ever, seeing that many members out on the picket lines…doing four hour, 8 hour, 12 hour shifts because they don’t want to go home…that’s unbelievable, these people have inexhaustible energy, that’s because they believe in the union!!”

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Member Interview | Leave a comment

View of the Main Gate Picket

This video shows the incredibly strong picket line at the Main Gate on day 1 of the strike. As cars pass the picket line, many honk in support.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Main Gate | Leave a comment

Interview with Andrew

Andrew, a Unit 1 member, describes the strength of the picket line at Shoreham Gate on day 1 of the strike. He discusses some of the reactions Shoreham picketers have been receiving from campus security and the Toronto police, but emphasizes the conviction of Shoreham picketers to ensure that their line is effective, safe, and strong.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Member Interview, Shoreham | Leave a comment

Pickets on Shoreham Road

This video shows the many picketers at Shoreham Gate on the first day of the strike.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Shoreham | Leave a comment

Interview With Silvia, CUPE 3903 Treasurer

Silvia, the Treasurer for CUPE 3903, explains how strike pay works: what members are paid for and how they can pick up their cheques. She also comments on the encouraging support shown by other unions, the TTC, and many passing cars on day 1 of the strike.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Day 1, Member Interview | Leave a comment