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:   thestar.com

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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. 16, 2017. Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges have been on strike for almost a month, affecting more than 500,000 students.

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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.

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While reading The Star article published by Kristin Rushowy name “ Ontario college strike now at 29 days making it the longest the province has seen ” one big thing I noticed was the title, which pointed out the fact the strike had been for 29 days and saying it was the longest strike in the

16, roughly 500,000 college students across the province have been missing classes amid the strike involving 12,000 college workers represented by the Ontario Public "I wake up every day with sharp anxiety in my stomach, wondering how long it will be before I am allowed to go back to the classroom."

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.

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15. It is now the longest strike in the colleges ’ history in Ontario . “ It was very disappointing that the NDP decided to block it .” The legislation would have to pass on Friday for the province ’s 24 colleges to prepare for classes to resume Monday, Matthews said.

While reading The Star article published by Kristin Rushowy name “ Ontario college strike now at 29 days making it the longest the province has seen ” one big thing I noticed was the title

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.”

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.

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The colleges are represented by the College Employer Council, which has negotiated on behalf of all colleges in the province since 2008. What are the main issues in the strike ? OPSEU wants to see a reduction in the percentage of part-time instructors so that they make up only half of all college

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.”

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.

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