OPSEU’s College faculty set strike date – Monday, October 16 at 12:01

October 11, 2017 by

opseuCollege faculty represented by OPSEU have set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. October 16 – this coming Monday.

That deadline would affect staff at Algonquin College’s Perth Campus. Algonquin has sent an email to all students at all of its campuses about the strike. Among other things, it says students will not lose their year if a strike does happen.

The Union says their employer, meaning all colleges in the province, once again refused to consider key faculty issues and walked away from the table.

Sonia Del Missier, chairwoman of the Colleges' bargaining team, stated in a release that the final offer was responsive to what they had heard from faculty.

She said, "Unfortunately, the OPSEU academic team continues to choose the path toward an unnecessary strike that would be a terrible outcome for our students.”

The colleges are hopeful that the union will allow its members to vote on the latest deal it has proposed.

JP Hornick, chair of the union bargaining team said the purpose of setting a strike deadline is to get negotiations moving – before it's too late.

OPSEU represents over 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians working at 24 public colleges across Ontario.

Union members include full-time permanent and "partial load" contract faculty who teach seven to 12 hours per week.