A petition started by a pair of Humber students has gained over 12,500 signatures in support of receiving a refund for every day missed if Ontario colleges were to go on strike on Monday.
“We created this movement, essentially, because we want to be in school,” Humber paramedic student Greg Kung told the Toronto Star. Kung and peer Amir Allana started the petition on behalf of college students across the province.
Kung said that students had paid and put in the time effort to succeed at school, emphasizing that negotiators have to realize “students’ education and students’ futures are at stake.”
“We, the 235,000 full-time and over 300,000 part-time students demand a tuition reimbursement for each day lost should a strike occur,” reads the petition.
Kung and Allana make the point that a near $40 a day would be lost during a strike from students who pay an average of $5,000 for two semesters.
“The purpose of a strike is to put pressure on the employer,” but the Change.org digital petition explains that colleges have nothing to lose.
The letter requests that students be reimbursed $30 a day for full-time students and $20 for part-time.
“If the two bargaining teams do not consider our educational and employment prospects as motive enough to reach an agreement, then perhaps a justifiable hit to the colleges’ bottom line will.”
The hashtag “#wepaytolearn” concludes the petition letter.