The Strike Mandate

(April 16 – new amendments in italics)

Whereas the provincial government has expressed its intent to continue to raise student tuition to an amount that is unprecedented in Quebec history,

Whereas the justification put forward for this rise in tuition by the provincial government does not benefit the quality of education nor does it facilitate accessibility to higher education,

Whereas access to higher education is recognized as a right for citizens of all nations under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights,

Whereas the Concordia University Geography and Environment Undergraduate students are fundamentally opposed to a rise in amount of annual tuition fees,

Whereas, as Geography & Environment students, we are committed to building an awareness to the ways in which structures of inequality and oppression perpetuate our social fabric, disproportionately affecting populations marginalized on a basis of gender, race, class, and ability

Whereas our valued university education involves an examination of these structures through studies of for example (but not limited to): global histories of colonialism and imperialism, environmental injustice, and neoliberal patterns of globalization dependent on cheap, feminized labour

We condemn the government planned tuition increase in recognition that it will further entrench the structural inequalities identified by the Women Studies Student Association, and we are thus fundamentally opposed to the Charest government’s “Fair and Balanced Plan.”

In agreement with the following clauses as passed by the Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA);

“The tuition increase is sexist. It will affect women more than men and go a long way towards keeping gender inequality in place.

The tuition increase is racist. People of colour and racialized people will suffer more from this increase.

The tuition increase is classist. That tuition is only one portion of what we pay for university. This portion is about to get bigger and people from lower income backgrounds will be more affected.

The tuition increase is ableist. Marginalization is also about not being seen as this able bodied, this able minded person.

The tuition increase will not solve the problem the government is posing as the reason for the increase.”

Whereas the initiatives of corporatization and privatization of research proposed by the funding plan – such as prioritizing “marketable” research – will directly impact the nature and character of research in the Geography and Environment department, which fundamentally relies on public funding in order to produce research in the public interest,

Be it resolved that the Geography and Environment Undergraduate students, under the Geography Undergraduate Student Society (GUSS), will continue on an unlimited strike in solidarity with the masses of students who continue to strike across Quebec.

Be it further resolved that by voting on a strike, undergraduate Geography and Environment students individually commit to taking part in actively maintaining picket lines and involving themselves in other strike activities to the best of their abilities for the duration of the strike.

Be it further resolved that a committee be created to coordinate all Geography and Environment related strike activities and that participation in this committee be open to all Undergraduate Geography and Environment students as well.

Be it further resolved that we commit to liaising with the faculty within the Geography and Environment department with the goal of minimizing any potential negative impact on students resulting from a strike.

Be it further resolved that, while on strike, GUSS calls a General Assembly once a week to vote on the ending of the strike mandate. In addition, amendments may be submitted to GUSS by email no less than 6 hours before the GA in order to give forum to students who are not able to attend the GA, provided that they are worded in the exact way as that they are to be proposed and that members of the GUSS exec can assist with wording of amendments if asked to do so.

Be it further resolved that we understand the core of a student strike is to be the recognition that academic work is a form of intellectual labour dependant on student participation. Therefore as students on strike we commit to stopping all academic activity in the geography department, which will include the following:

  1. withholding the submission of assignments (including ones submitted online via moodle or email)
  2. preventing classes from occurring, either by means of zero attendance to class or through picket
  3. encouraging alternative forms of peer-facilitated learning or discussion over the course of the strike.
  4. participating in the actions and manifestations of the national student movement and engaging in a diversity of tactics.

Be it resolved that in the interest of aiding those students who would like to support the strike, the GUSS executives would allow assignments and take-home finals be submitted to them during the duration of the strike. Work submitted would be dated and submitted to professors at the time of the strike ending. GUSS maintains its position as a student association responsible to its constituents.

Be it further resolved that GUSS be granted access to the CSU provisionary strike fund to finance strike related expenses such as fabric, paper, food etc. for the remainder of the strike. Refunding for strike expenses will be reviewed and approved by GUSS VP finance and the strike committee and made public in a strike expense report.

CLASSE Provisions – April 10, 2012

Whereas the Geography and Environment undergrads understand their departmental strike to be a part of a larger strike on a provincial level.

Whereas the Geography and Environment undergrads require representation at this provincial level for the duration of the strike, and that CLASSE appears to be the best option for direct participation at this level.

Be it resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads become a member of the CLASSE

Be it further resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads resist any increase in tuition costs and call for a governmental re-investment into education, through progressive taxation, with a view towards free education

Be it further resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads maintain the GA as its supreme decision making body

Be it further resolved that the GA elect Geography and Environment undergrad delegates to attend CLASSE congress, and that the congress fees for these delegates will be paid by GUSS.

Be it resolved that GUSS calls for the resignation of Jean Charest, Line Beauchamp and Raymond Bachand as they are the ministers responsible for the “Fair and Balanced University Funding Plan”.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads denounce all widespread austerity measures.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads denounce the current model of development of Quebec’s natural resources and call for a better “Plan Nord”.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads reject any messaging or any actions within the student movement that are racist, sexist, classist, ableist and/or homophobic and that the Geography and Environment undergraduate student body calls for positive and empowering alternatives within the student movement.

CLASSE Provisions – April 10, 2012

Whereas the Geography and Environment undergrads understand their departmental strike to be a part of a larger strike on a provincial level.

Whereas the Geography and Environment undergrads require representation at this provincial level for the duration of the strike, and that CLASSE appears to be the best option for direct participation at this level.

Be it resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads become a member of the CLASSE

Be it further resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads resist any increase in tuition costs and call for a governmental re-investment into education, through progressive taxation, with a view towards free education

Be it further resolved that the Geography and Environment undergrads maintain the GA as its supreme decision making body.

Be it further resolved that the GA elect Geography and Environment undergrad delegates to attend CLASSE congress, and that the congress fees for these delegates will be paid by GUSS.

Be it resolved that GUSS calls for the resignation of Jean Charest, Line Beauchamp and Raymond Bachand as they are the ministers responsible for the “Fair and Balanced University Funding Plan”.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads denounce all widespread austerity measures.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads denounce the current model of development of Quebec’s natural resources and call for a better “Plan Nord”.

Be it resolved that Geography and Environment undergrads reject any messaging or any actions within the student movement that are racist, sexist, classist, ableist and/or homophobic and that the Geography and Environment undergraduate student body calls for positive and empowering alternatives within the student movement.

GUSS recommends to the CLASSE Negotiation Committee the following demands to the government:

  • Freeze and gradually reduce international student tuition (forfaitaire) fees until their eventual equality with students who are Quebec residents.
  • Reverse the provincial government’s policy allowing universities to annually increase international tuition by 10%;
  • Reverse the provincial government’s policy allowing universities to increase tuition for undergraduate international students in the six programs of Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Applied Sciences, Management and Law;
  • Provide more funding and financial aid opportunities for international students;
  • Allow international students access to health insurance under Quebec medicare;
  • Allow international students the right to work off-campus without restriction.

GUSS further recommends to the CLASSE Negotiation Committee the following demands to the government:

  • Freeze and gradually reduce out-of-province student tuition (forfaitaire) fees until their eventual equality with students who are Quebec residents;
  • Provide more funding and financial aid opportunities for out-of-province students.

 

 

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