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Important Information on the Ongoing Ontario College Strike

14 November 2017, 02:08 | Opal Carroll

Important Information on the Ongoing Ontario College Strike

Jim Madder

The increasingly bitter Ontario College strike is entering its fifth week with no end in sight.

Ontario's colleges and the union representing striking faculty members are accusing each other of spreading misinformation ahead of a contract vote in the labour dispute that has left half a million students out of class for a month.

Although largely supportive of the move on the part of the government, Warren Smokey Thomas, the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union which represents the faculty, opined the, "government's plan to treat students fairly should be matched by moves by the colleges to treat faculty fairly". We will Vote NO because it will make the colleges stronger, better for students, and better for the next generation.

The faculty vote that may end the five-week long Ontario colleges strike is scheduled to begin Tuesday, but students say this is only the beginning of the tough road they face.

"We're a body of 1,000 students", Eckenswiler says. My concern is to get the students back to class. Organizers say they will wait till 12 pm for people to arrive then the students will all walk upstairs to line the halls by the administration office on the third floor in C wing.

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OPSEU members are set to vote over the next three days on the final offer put forward by the Colleges before talks stalled last week. "That is why I am requiring that colleges establish a dedicated fund with all the savings from the strike".

According to the colleges, the offer includes a 7.75 per cent salary increase over a four-year period and improved benefits, such as extended pregnancy and parental leave.

But the union said the offer contains "serious concessions" that were not agreed to, and which would erode faculty rights and contribute to an unsustainable staffing model.

The province has not said whether back-to-work legislation will be considered if the offer is rejected by faculty. She says a number of faculty at the Owen Sound campus were also supportive.



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