Con­cil­ia­tor sets Oct. 15 strike-lock­out date set for On­tario col­leges

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - The Cana­dian Press

TORONTO — A con­cil­ia­tor has set 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 15 as the time a le­gal strike or lock­out in­volv­ing union­ized fac­ulty at all 24 pub­lic col­leges in the prov­ince can be­gin.

The con­cil­ia­tor is­sued the date af­ter fac­ulty rep­re­sented by the On­tario Pub­lic Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees Union re­quested a “no-board” re­port last week.

Un­der the rules set out in the Col­leges Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Act, the union is re­quired to give five days’ no­tice prior to go­ing on strike, and the Col­lege Em­ployer Coun­cil must give five days’ no­tice of a lock­out. This means an ac­tual strike or lock­out dead­line could come af­ter Oct. 15.

Key is­sues in this round of bar­gain­ing re­late to ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity and the on­go­ing ex­ploita­tion of con­tract fac­ulty.

OPSEU rep­re­sents more than 12,000 pro­fes­sors, in­struc­tors, coun­sel­lors and li­brar­i­ans in the prov­ince’s col­lege sys­tem. That in­cludes 782 fac­ulty mem­bers at Con­estoga Col­lege.

“The rea­son for re­quest­ing the no-board re­port, and thus a le­gal strike or lock­out date, was to en­cour­age our em­ployer to get down to busi­ness and work with us at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble to reach a fair set­tle­ment,” said J.P. Hor­nick, chair of the union’s col­lege fac­ulty bar­gain­ing team.

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