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Letter to the Editor: Columbia Parent calls for a quick resolution to strike

 

In response to your Oct. 24 article, “Possible Union Strike Would Disrupt the Semester But Not Stop Students From Completing Credits Toward Graduation, Columbia chief of staff says,” I am writing as a parent of a student set to graduate in May. I support labor and all they do on behalf of workers of all types. With that said, I encourage a quick resolution to the ongoing labor talks. In 2020, our lives were turned upside down by a pandemic of epic proportions. Workers of all professions had to learn a “new norm” until we could get the upper hand on the Coronavirus. This also came with challenges for our children. Our high school seniors at the time did not get to experience making memories such as school plays, sporting events, honors ceremonies, proms and most importantly, a graduation.

With the talk of a possible strike, I ask that you remember our Columbia College students. There is an understandable concern that those set to graduate may, again, not get to experience walking across a stage in their caps and gowns with family members in attendance to receive their diplomas and acknowledgements for the hard work and dedication they have given the last four years. Do not deprive our students once more, of those memories they take with them the rest of their lives.

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Sincerely,
Greg Phelps

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