outside of the GM building on Concordia’s downtown campus
from 1:30 to 2:30pm
to protest a despicable lack of transparency and accountability on the part of our administration.
Today certain student groups received word from Michael Di Grappa, VP Services that the Concordia administration will be signing a new beverage contract THIS WEEK.
This is in direct violation of the recommendations of Concordia’s Environmental Advisory Committee, which include a clear, democratic and transparent negotiation process in keeping with Law C65.1 (a Quebec provincial law governing contracts within public institutions). 35 members of Concordia’s faculty have signed on to these recommendations, these objectives are also supported by student associations, community groups and individual students on campus. The recommendations also include a non-exclusive contract with environmentally and socially responsible products, health conscious products and NO bottled water.
Secret negotiations have been taking place between administration and Pepsico for the past three months despite a promise made to TAPthirst (one of the student groups) and Faisal Shennib of Sustainable Concordia that no movement would be made on negotiations until after a meeting had been held with students and Pepsico.
This meeting never happened, negotiations have been taking place behind closed doors and Michael Di Grappa has confirmed that a contract will be signed on Friday.
This is a blatant disregard for the recommendations put forth by the University’s Environmental Policy and the voice and concerns of the student population and Concordia community.
We need to send a message that these kinds of behind-closed-doors negotiations are NOT what the concordia community wants and that we will not sit idly by while they make these decisions about OUR space, OUR money and OUR lives
COME OUT TOMORROW, FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS
TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS