Strike date for SLC

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - LOIS ANN BAKER

The union rep­re­sent­ing St. Lawrence Col­lege fac­ulty, OPSEU, gave no­tice they have sched­uled a strike to be­gin on Mon­day, Oct. 16.

“We re­main op­ti­mistic a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment will be reached and a work stop­page will be avoided,” said Pres­i­dent and CEO, Glenn Volle­bregt.

How­ever, if a set­tle­ment is not reached and fac­ulty does walk off the job, the col­lege has a com­plete con­tin­gency plan ready to put in place.

Some of the key points in­clude that all full-time aca­demic pro­grams and their classes will be sus­pended.

“This in­cludes any gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion, on­line and hy­brid cour­ses as part of a full-time pro­gram,” said Volle­bregt. This ap­plies to all cour­ses re­gard­less of sched­uled time of day. If there are any ex­cep­tions they will be iden­ti­fied.

Clin­i­cal and field place­ments will also be sus­pended in the event of a labour dis­pute. Cour­ses of­fered through Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion and On­tario Learn will con­tinue, but ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing will be sus­pended. Field trips and spe­cial events on cam­puses will also be can­celled.

The cam­puses will re­main open with most ser­vices op­er­at­ing as usual, so stu­dents will still be able to ac­cess Black­board, computer labs, study spa­ces and use meet­ing rooms. Other labs that carry a health and safety risk due to lack of su­per­vi­sion will not be ac­ces­si­ble.

Res­i­dence will re­main open as will cam­pus fitness fa­cil­i­ties and stu­dent gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate this po­ten­tial labour dis­rup­tion cre­ates anx­i­ety for our stu­dents and we are com­mit­ted to keep­ing you up-to-date on any new de­vel­op­ments in this labour dis­pute,” said Volle­bregt.

Reg­u­lar up­dates will be posted on the col­lege web­site.

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