Canada Ontario college strike now at 29 days making it the longest the province has seen

13:05  14 november  2017
13:05  14 november  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

Striking faculty reject colleges’ contract offer

  Striking faculty reject colleges’ contract offer Striking faculty have rejected an offer from Ontario’s colleges, meaning their job action — the longest in their history — continues. News of the vote result prompted Premier Kathleen Wynne to say she’ll immediately meet with both sides. “Students have been in the middle of this strike for too long and it’s not fair,” she said in a statement, adding that on Thursday afternoon, “I will be meeting representatives of the College Employer Council and OPSEU to discuss how we can resolve this situation immediately and get students back to class where they belong.

At 29 days so far, it is longer than the three previous strikes — in 1984, job action lasted 24 days , in 1989 it went on for 28, and in 2016, 18 days . Ontario college students lent support to striking faculty members Oct. 25 at a rally outside the province ’s advanced education ministry in Toronto.

29 , 2017. College students are now worried about the possibility of losing their semester as a strike by their teachers enters its third week. “Though a college semester has never been lost because of a faculty strike , students are International students face uncertainty over Ontario colleges strike .

Striking faculty stand on the picket line outside of Humber College, in Toronto on Oct. 16, 2017. Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges have been on strike for almost a month, affecting more than 500,000 students. Staff are voting on a deal with week.© Cole Burston Striking faculty stand on the picket line outside of Humber College, in Toronto on Oct. 16, 2017. Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges have been on strike for almost a month, affecting more than 500,000 students. Staff are voting on a deal with week.

College faculty begin their “forced vote” on a contract offer on Tuesday, as their strike — now in its fifth week — becomes the longest job action in their history.

At 29 days so far, it is longer than the three previous strikes — in 1984, job action lasted 24 days, in 1989 it went on for 28, and in 2016, 18 days.

The 1984 strike ended with back-to-work legislation, and for the subsequent two, both sides agreed to mediation or arbitration.

Wynne government announces legislation to end college strike

  Wynne government announces legislation to end college strike Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's office says her government is tabling legislation that will end the province's college strike, after negotiations reached an impasse. Wynne met with both the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council (CEC) on Thursday after union members overwhelming voted against a contract offer."I asked them to work together to find a path forward that would see students return to class by Monday," Wynne said in the release.

Striking teachers at George Brown College , St. James Campus, make their way along King St. and around the building on Oct. Ontario colleges are bracing for a “fairly protracted strike ” after 12,000 faculty hit the picket lines Monday despite last-ditch “ … I know that one day of a strike is too long .

We’re now at the start of the third week of the Ontario college strike , with no negotiations planned. I’m not an international student caught in the cross-fire, who came to our “great” province for an You talk about how you want to make colleges and universities free for Canadians, yet you let me be

The College Employer Council, which bargains for the province’s 24 community colleges, made the request to the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the forced vote on its latest offer to the 12,000 full-time and partial-load faculty, who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

Voting ends Thursday and results should be available that day.

But experts have said the move is a risky one — given it is a proposal their union bargaining team already rejected during talks, which broke off a week ago despite a four-day blitz that had built up hope a negotiated deal could be reached.

The strike has not only impacted students, who are worried about losing their semester, but also those who work in food services positions on campus.

Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refund

  Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refund Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refundThe aid for full-time domestic and international students will cover unexpected costs such as child care, rebooked train and bus tickets and January rent.

Ontario colleges preparing for a long strike . Ontario college strike cancels classes for about half a million students. The labour peace they promised has not been realized. But I want to see students in the classrooms.

The colleges have asked the union to “suspend” the strike for now , and allow classes to resume, while asking Ontario ’s Labour Relations Board to allow faculty to vote On Monday, both sides said that, with the help of the province , they had agreed to deal with staffing as part of a provincial task force.

At Fleming College in Peterborough, Aramark has laid off about 40 part-time and student employees after closing four of seven locations, said Travis Doak, the university’s director of housing, food and conference services.

At George Brown College, food locations have been reduced and Chartwells “have laid off most of their staff,” said a spokesperson.

Even though the Liberal government hasn’t ruled out back-to-work legislation, during a union town hall OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas, said “they have also indicated that they would not be inclined to do that,” and that they “would be extremely reluctant to use” it because of possible legal challenges.

J.P. Hornick, the faculty union’s chief negotiator, has repeatedly called on the colleges to return to the bargaining table for a negotiated deal. She said the colleges “could have tested their offer before the strike happened, or even in the early days of the strike.”

Ontario Legislature set for weekend debate on bill to end college strike

  Ontario Legislature set for weekend debate on bill to end college strike The Ontario Liberal government's second attempt to push through legislation to end the province's college strike on Friday did not get unanimous consent, but the bill was introduced and will be debated starting on Saturday. The NDP again held up the back-to-work legislation that would see roughly 500,000 students to return to class next weekThe legislature will meet for a special sitting at 1 p.m. ET Saturday for debate. This means proceedings will go through the normal stages of readings and debate before a final vote is taken, likely later in the weekend.

Student union leaders are calling on the Ontario government to get college administrators and striking faculty to return to the bargaining table to end a labour dispute that has seen classes cancelled at the province 's 24 colleges .

Ontario college students lent support to striking faculty members Wednesday at a rally outside the province ’s advanced education ministry in Toronto. “This strike has gone on for too long ,” said Sonia Del Missier, who heads the colleges bargaining team.

When talks broke off, she said academic freedom was the key issue left to resolve.

The union has been urging members to vote against the offer for a number of reasons.

The vote requires 50-per-cent plus one approval, meaning if all 12,000 members voted, 6,001 would have to vote in favour.

A weekend letter sent from Conestoga College President John Tibbits to faculty says the two sides are “in uncharted territory now” given how long the strike has dragged on.

He said despite talk that “no students has ever lost an academic year as the result of a strike … we’re in uncharted territory now. No faculty strike has ever lasted this long and what’s happened in the past is not necessarily an accurate predictor of what will happen in the future.”

College students demand refund amid faculty strike .
A group of students who have been out of classes since Oct. 16, have planned a rally of their own Tuesday alongside their striking teachers at St. Clair College. Many of them are fed up with the dispute and unhappy with the contingency plan. St. Clair College shortens holiday break in response to staff strike "We can't stand for that," said Betty Sylvain, a first year accounting student at St. Clair College. "All we ask for is we pay for 15 weeks and we'd like to get what we paid for."As a single mother who uses student loans to pay tuition, she feels cheated in many ways.

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