Day of Action – Tuition Increases

Day of Action & Strike  Nov. 10th, 2011

Dear GPE Graduate Students,

This Thursday Concordia student will join with the representatives of over 100,000 other Quebec students, nurses, teachers, and public sector employees to protest the provincial government’s education policy, most notably planned increases in tuition. Please see below copies of recent emails about this event and your rights and responsibilities should you decide to participate in the strike and this day of action. Also please note that GEOGRADS has sent a letter to the department asking for cooperation in this matter and for their support of student action against tuition increases. That said, we strongly urge students who plan to participate in the strike to communicate with their professors and advisors personally in advance of the strike date so that all parties are aware of the situation and any possible consequences for their actions.

While I cannot legally or professionally tell you to join the one-day strike, I can tell you that the Graduate Students’ Association, the TA union, and the Concordia Student Union all believe that increased tuition will have a negative impact on accessibility for future students, including forcing students to make a choice between working more hours, going farther into debt, or not going to university at all. Activities will begin with picket lines at the Hall Building at 8:20am, continuing through lunch time with food from the People’s Potato on the Reggie’s terrace, and then a march to the demonstration at 1:00pm.

Hope to see you all there,

Tom McGurk
GEOGRADS President 2011-2012

On behalf of GEOGRADS Executive Council 2011-2012:

Annelise Grube-Cavers – VP Finance
Ye Li – Communications & Secretary
Christopher Reid – MSc Internal
Marie-Eve Levasseur – MENV Internal
Ethan Ling – Events & Social MSc
Jennifer Garard – Events & Social MENV

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