Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Update on Ontario Strike

The strike of teaching faculty at Ontario colleges, which Nerds first discussed a few weeks ago, ended this week with an agreement to seek arbitration for the contract dispute.

However, the three-week-long strike had a casualty: one striking faculty member, John Stammers, died this weekend from injuries sustained after being hit by a car while on the picket line (Nerds thank a reader from Duke University for bringing this to our attention). Police have said that no charges will be forthcoming, which is a controversial decision.

Strikes are hard things, for all the people who take part in them. We face risks every day, be they to our financial well-being; our mental and emotional condition; our relationships with friends, family, and co-workers; or our lives and limbs. John Stammers knew he was taking risks by being on the picket line for a cause he beleived in, though he didn't expect it would lead to his death. Nerds hope his example can inspire others to take some smaller risks to fight for the rights of all workers to unionize.

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