College Strike enters fifth week

November 13, 2017 by
The hope is students will soon fill the classrooms at Algonquin in Perth, and across the province.

The hope is students will soon fill the classrooms at Algonquin in Perth, and across the province.

We’re entering week five of the college strike that has kept hundreds of thousands of college students, including those in Algonquin College in Perth, out of class.

There will be news one way or the other this week though as a forced-contract vote will start tomorrow.

The vote was requested by the College Employer Council after the team bargaining on behalf of the 12,000 striking faculty voting shot down the latest contract offer.

The colleges took the step of asking the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the one-time measure that will force the teachers to vote.

The Union, OPSEU, is urging their members to vote against the deal.

The two sides are said to have agreed on the contentious issue of full-time staffing ratios, but could not find common ground on academic freedom, the major sticking point that remains.

The vote will be conducted online so as many teachers as possible can take part.

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