Strike loom­ing at On­tario com­mu­nity col­leges

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TORONTO — The union rep­re­sent­ing fac­ulty has set a Monday strike dead­line at On­tario’s 24 com­mu­nity col­leges, which in­clude three in the wider Lon­don re­gion with mul­ti­ple cam­puses across South­west­ern On­tario.

The On­tario Pub­lic Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees Union said the strike dead­line of 12:01 a.m. Monday was set af­ter the Col­lege Em­ployer Coun­cil walked away from the bar­gain­ing table.

J.P. Hor­nick, the chair of the OPSEU bar­gain­ing team, says the em­ployer re­fused to con­sider key is­sues in the on­go­ing dis­pute.

She says the goal of set­ting a strike dead­line “is to get ne­go­ti­a­tions mov­ing be­fore it’s too late.”

The coun­cil says it did not walk away from the table.

OPSEU, which rep­re­sents more than 12,000 em­ploy­ees in the col­lege sys­tem, has said key is­sues in­clude giv­ing fac­ulty and stu­dents more say in aca­demic de­ci­sions and what it calls the “on­go­ing ex­ploita­tion of con­tract fac­ulty.”

Hor­nick says the em­ployer is not mov­ing on is­sues fac­ulty care about most, even no-cost items like aca­demic free­dom or longer con­tracts for con­tract fac­ulty.

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