At our first general assembly after joining La CLASSE we brought the lessons learned from our peers province wide back to the seventh floor for discussion and here is our updated mandate. With the amendments passed today we will be able to vote on many more motions at next weeks CLASSE congress!
Be it resolved that the Undergraduate Urban Planning/ Studies students will renew an open-ended strike effective immediately as a province-wide floor of students has already surpassed 75,000 with a strike mandate, and many departments around Concordia University are already on strike:
Be it resolved that student can still go to labs, internships and co-ops. Only scheduled instructional lab time may be blocked however access to lab facilities and space (as well as internships and co-ops) will be permitted otherwise.
Be it also resolved that while on strike, the UPA will call a General Assembly once a week (Tuesdays) to assess the state of our protest.
Be it resolved that the UPA realizes that tuition freezes are not a long-term solution for administering tuition rates. Bearing this in mind UPA should seek tuition reform, restructuring of the bursary system and other processes that help students in tenuous circumstances.
Be it further resolved that Urban Planning 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 we understand the core of a student strike 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 academic activity in the Urban Planning department, which will include the following:
i) Preventing classes from occurring, either by means of zero attendance to class or through picket lines, which prevent faculty from entering classrooms.
ii) Encouraging alternative forms of peer-facilitated learning or discussion over the course of the strike.
iii) Withholding the submission of assignments (including ones submitted online via moodle or email)
iv) Not attending final exams.
Be it resolved that the UPA recommends that the faculty and administration provide academic amnesty and support all members including those who wish to seek out the process for an incomplete (INC) grade.
Be it resolved that the UPA denounces violent action and intimidation tactics as employed by the administration and security agents (both University and Private) as well as by police. The UPA affirms our position of solidarity, with the Quebec wide movement that denounces all violence against students.
Be it further resolved that people be allowed to submit proposed amendments to the UPA executive email address in writing 6 hours before general assembly’s if they are not able to be present.
Whereas Urban planning undergrads understand their departmental strike to be a part of a larger strike on a provincial level.
Whereas urban planning undergrads require representation at a 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 urban planning undergrads become a member of CLASSE.
Be it further resolved that urban planning undergrads maintain the general assembly as its supreme decision making body.
Be it further resolved that the GA elect urban planning undergrad delegates to attend CLASSE congress, and that the congress fees for those delegates will be paid by the UPA.
Be it resolved that the UPA will abide by with the suggested donation of $1/student ($369) to join CLASSE.
Be it resolved that the UPA adopt the following justifications into our strike mandate:
- The provincial government has expressed its intent to continue to raise student tuition to an amount that is unprecedented in Quebec history.
- 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.
- The proposed university funding plan compromises the integrity of intellectually free and open learning by putting our institutions of study in the pocket of private interests and corporate investors.
- Access to higher education is recognized as a right for citizens of all nations under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
- This tuition increase serves to further entrench societal inequalities (based on gender, race, class, ability etc.) by disproportionately adding to the burden of those who are already marginalized or economically disadvantaged.
- The majority of Québec students have chosen this means to be heard and that we want to stand in solidarity with them.
- We have seen this to be the only way students’ voices have been heard in the past.
- Despite all attempts, no other way has worked to enter in negotiation with the government during the past two years that the increase has been on the table.
Be it resolved that the UPA ask for the resignation of Jean Charest, Line Beauchamp and Raymond Bachand
Be it further resolved that the UPA denounces the current model for the development of Quebecs natural resources, in favor of a better Plan Nord.
Be it further resolved that the UPA also denounces the recent Harper budget as announced in 2012.
Whereas President Fredrick Lowy made clear that any academic accommodations for this semester (winter 2012) should be dealt with at the department level
Whereas the UPA has been on strike since March 6th during which time regular courses were unable to be conducted in accordance with course outlines.
Whereas this is a crucial time as we enter the final evaluation period.
Whereas the cancellation of the April 13th 2012 department meeting represents an obstruction to discussion and decision making for faculty, staff, students and administration alike.
Be it resolved that the UPA denounces dr. Greene’s decision to suspend all departmental meetings until September.
Be it further resolved that the UPA calls for the reinstatement of April’s meeting, and all subsequent regularly scheduled meetings.
Be it resolved that the UPA recommends to the CLASSE Negotiation Committee the following demands to the government:
- Freeze international student tuition (forfaitaire) fees and out of province tuition 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 and out of province students;
- Allow international and out of province students access to health insurance under Quebec medicare;
- Allow international students the right to work off-campus without restriction.