In response to Maddie Gorman’s letter stating her refusal to cross CUPE 116′s picket lines (“Why I won’t cross picket lines,” Oct. 5), we now offer an alternative explanation of why we will cross them.
Picket lines are an unwelcome consequence of employee-employer disputes that should be limited to the negotiating table. As such, the disputes should not spill over into the public realm because of an active and vocal fraction of union members. Denying services to students, who are not a party in this conflict, does very little to endear their cause to the silent majority on campus who are annoyed and inconvenienced by such disturbances.
Most importantly, UBC students are here for an education. We should not abuse the immense commitments, financial or otherwise, that we, our parents and taxpayers have invested in higher education for the sake of making statements.
We will not be looking out for “alternative entrances” to picketed buildings. We will be crossing the lines, and we encourage fellow students to respect their professors and put the pursuit of knowledge first.
Rafael Fuentes and Jason Salim