Teach­ers vote on new con­tract

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - AL­LI­SON JONES

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.

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