Strike looming at Ontario community colleges
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.