Staff strike won’t strip stu­dents of aca­demic year: col­lege

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - JACQUIE MILLER jmiller@post­

Al­go­nquin Col­lege pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Jensen has sent a let­ter to stu­dents re­as­sur­ing them they will not lose their aca­demic year if fac­ulty go on strike.

The union rep­re­sent­ing fac­ulty at On­tario’s 24 col­leges has set a strike dead­line of Mon­day if a new con­tract isn’t reached.

If there is a work stop­page, classes for full-time day cour­ses will be can­celled.

How­ever, the col­lege’s three cam­puses will re­main open, and com­puter labs, study spa­ces and meet­ing rooms will be avail­able.

“Please con­tinue with your stud­ies so you can hit the ground run­ning when classes re­sume,” Jensen said in a let­ter to stu­dents.

Con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion classes and co-op work place­ments would con­tinue, the let­ter said, as would cour­ses of­fered through the Cen­tre for Con­tin­u­ing and On­line Learn­ing, Cor­po­rate Train­ing and Con­tract Train­ing pro­vided by non-bar­gain­ing em­ploy­ees. Cour­ses in col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams with the Univer­sity of Ottawa, Car­leton Univer­sity and Nipiss­ing Univer­sity that are taught by fac­ulty from those in­sti­tu­tions would also con­tinue.

Clin­i­cal place­ments in­volv­ing fac­ulty, un­su­per­vised field trips and un­su­per­vised labs that carry health and safety risks would be can­celled.

In a let­ter to Al­go­nquin staff, Jensen said pick­et­ing em­ploy­ees are wel­come to park on cam­pus as they nor­mally do and there will be des­ig­nated ar­eas to take shel­ter and use wash­rooms.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to grab a hot bev­er­age at con­ces­sions on cam­puses.

The last work stop­page by aca­demic staff at Al­go­nquin was in 2006. Sup­port staff were off in 2011.

The col­lege has set up a web­site with in­for­ma­tion about the po­ten­tial strike.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors and sup­port staff are ex­pected to re­port to work if there is a strike, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on the site.

Part-time and ses­sional teach­ers, who aren’t part of the union threat­en­ing to strike, will be paid for the first week of any work stop­page, with that de­ci­sion reviewed weekly if a strike drags on.

Classes at French-lan­guage col­lege La Cité will also be can­celled if there is a strike. On­line classes would con­tinue, said a spokesper­son.

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