Yesterday, I posted “Some Musings on the Support Staff Strike” — feel free to check it out, if you haven’t done so already.
Well, I don’t think anything I’ve every written has garnered so many responses so quickly, and I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of them, and thank everybody who took the time to write in:
From St. Lawrence College:
Beautifully said – Thank you!
From Georgian College:
As a support staff member it is refreshing to read this. I have given my heart and soul to mentoring students and do not regret a day of this. It is very difficult to be out on strike. I appreciate you validating our contribution to education and the economic growth of our communities.
From a family member:
As a parent of one of those support workers, I can attest to the fact that they do their jobs happily. They certainly did not want to strike and it is sad that the media almost always makes it about money, when in fact it has more to do with job security. Is a secure job with a living wage and decent benefits not part of why students attend college in the first place??
From a retired prof in St. Catherines
As a retired prof, I know what these folks mean to the system and how their efforts, more often than not, go unnoticed and unrewarded. They need support from students, profs and the general public during this strike…. God knows, they will never receive it from administrators or the fuzzy-headed media that write on these issues.
And lastly, from a support staff worker at St. Clair College — a sentiment that manages to warm and break my heart, simultaneously:
This was the most rewarding comment I have ever heard in all the 32 yrs I have worked at the college………..thank you so much….
To repeat my original point — whatever you may think about a worker’s control over their own schedule, whatever you may think about the difference between 1.5% and 2% in wage increases, the work that college support staff do is important and worthy of recognition and respect. And offering that respect doesn’t bind anybody to a political agenda; it simply affirms the value of the people who live and work beside us.
As ever, feel free to send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org