Algonquin’s Perth Campus prepared for work stoppage – programs would cease, campus remain open

October 12, 2017 by

perth_front_doorAlgonquin College’s Perth Campus is prepared for any job action as a labour dispute between colleges in the province and 24,000 college academic staff continues.

Perth Campus Dean Chris Hahn tells Lake 88, “The ten full time programs running at the campus would cease if there is a work stoppage. I am sure that all concerned want to be in the classroom, and we want our learners in the classroom.”

That said, the Campus would remain open and a number of resources such as the library and café would still be available to students. Non-union staff would also be there. They include support staff, student association staff, and the administration.

Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen said in a statement directed to students that they will not lose their year due to job action, but has not elaborated beyond those words.

OPSEU, the union representing faculty at Ontario’s 24 public colleges, has set a strike deadline after rejecting the colleges’ final offer.

Among the issues holding back a deal are giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions and what they call the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”

The deadline is set for 12:01 a.m., Monday morning, meaning there is still time for a deal to be reached and academic disruption to be avoided.