The University strikes back

It is a dark time for the university. Although the air conditioning has been destroyed, university brass has driven students from the St. Denis Centre and pursued the rebels across campus. Evading the dreaded imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by CuPE 1393 President Dean Roy has established a picket line on the remote ice world of Sunset Ave…

Photo by Jay Verspeelt.
Photo by Jay Verspeelt.

Photo by Jay Verspeelt.

Mike Specht

Sports Editor

It is a dark time for the University. Although the air conditioning has been destroyed, University brass has driven students from the St. Denis Centre and pursued the rebels across campus. Evading the dreaded imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by CUPE 1393 President Dean Roy has established a picket line on the remote ice world of Sunset Ave…

While a comparison to Star Wars is hyperbole at best, the grand scale of the CUPE 1393 strike becomes clearer by the day.  Entering its second week, the labour dispute has hit every department of the University; and its effect on athletics and recreational services has been devastating.

“It impacts us in a fairly significant way,” said acting athletic director Mike Havey. “Right now it is myself, one brand new employee and a secretary and students that are running the [St. Denis Centre.]”

On September 8 the University announced that the forge fitness centre and pool would be closed for the duration of the strike.  Water quality concerns combined with injury potential made it prudent to close the facilities.

Such is the case with any collegiate labour dispute; students are the ones who suffer.  A University of Windsor tuition breakdown shows that a fee of $78.66 is assessed each term to University of Windsor students for “recreation,” while an additional fee of 17.74 is assessed at a maximum of 2 terms per academic year for Sports and Rec.

Multiplied by 16,000 active full-time students; the total amounts to 2.5 million dollars per assessment for recreation, with another $550,000 per semester allotted to sports and recreation.

With the majority of St. Denis support staff on strike; University athletes are without their certified athletics therapists, equipment managers, and many other services that were part of their decision to commit to Windsor.

“It affects athlete’s big time,” said Lancer’s wide receiver Scott McEwen.  “Players who are hurt right now can’t go across the hall to get checked on.  They have to take care of their own injuries or go elsewhere to recover.”

By early October the varsity athletics schedule will be full swing. With hockey, basketball, track and volleyball beginning their season schedules the need for these services will become more immediate.  While students and athletes alike remain locked out of these facilities there have been assurances that all games will be played as scheduled.

“The officials that ran [Saturday’s football game] actually came in and said they would honour the picket line if we asked them to.  We told them absolutely not, we want that game to go ahead I don’t want to stop sports. We are doing everything we can for the students,” said CUPE 1393 President Dean Roy.

These certainly are dark times in Windsor, with talks resuming this week there may be a new hope for the return of the union.

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