Con­estoga Col­lege pre­pares for strike ac­tion

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Record staff

If a fac­ulty strike ar­rives Mon­day, Con­estoga Col­lege plans to sus­pend all classes.

Ex­ams, tests and as­sign­ments will be post­poned un­til af­ter a po­ten­tial strike is re­solved, Con­estoga posted on its web­site on Thurs­day.

Sched­uled co-op and field place­ments will con­tinue, the up­date said.

Con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion and cor­po­rate train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are also ex­pected to con­tinue in the event of a strike.

Cam­puses will re­main open, and stu­dents will con­tinue to have ac­cess to col­lege fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices dur­ing usual op­er­at­ing hours.

Con­estoga has nearly 14,000 full-time stu­dents on cam­puses in Kitch­ener, Water­loo, Cam­bridge, Strat­ford, Brant­ford, Guelph and Inger­soll.

About 12,000 union­ized fac­ulty at 24 pub­lic col­leges in On­tario are poised to strike on Mon­day to back con­tract de­mands.

Talks with the col­leges broke down this week.

The On­tario Pub­lic Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees Union mem­bers have been with­out a con­tract since Sept. 30.

“While we con­tinue to hope that this sit­u­a­tion can be re­solved with­out dis­rup­tion to the aca­demic year, it now ap­pears that a strike is likely,” an up­date state­ment posted to Con­estoga’s web­site read on Thurs­day.

Con­estoga is post­ing up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion at www.con­esto­gac.on.ca.

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