Teachers vote on new contract
Faculty at Ontario’s colleges who have been on strike for about a month began voting Tuesday on a contract offer, as a potential class action lawsuit was launched on behalf of students.
Some 12,000 Ontario college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians haven’t been at work since Oct.
15, leaving hundreds of thousands of students out of class.
The College Employer Council asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote on the offer it has put on the table, accusing the Ontario Public Service Employees Union of misrepresenting it.
The union has recommended its members reject the offer.
In the meantime, the provincial government has ordered the colleges to create a fund — using savings from the strike — to help students who may be experiencing financial hardship because of the strike.