ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTY STRIKE
AS OF NOVEMBER 19, 2017
On Friday Nov. 17, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 178, Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017. Once given Royal Assent, this Bill would immediately end any strike or lock-out and will provide a mechanism for a new collective agreement to be reached.
The Bill received Royal Assent (where the Lieutenant Governor signs it into law). Once signed, the Bill is law and the labour disruption ends immediately. Students returned to class on Nov. 21, 2017.
As of Monday, Oct. 16, Ontario college faculty are on strike. Striking faculty are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and colleges are represented by the College Employers Council.
Unfortunately, students are not involved in negotiations.
STUDENTS BELONG IN THE CLASSROOM
As the only college student-focused advocacy group in Ontario, we're putting continuous public pressure on OPSEU and CEC to make a deal while also sharing updates with students through our online resources.
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STRIKE QUICK FACTS:
Most of the answers to student questions are institution specific. This means a student's first place to get information should be their college.
The College Employer Council (CEC) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have been negotiating a new collective agreement since July, as the previous agreement expired on Sept. 30.
On Sept. 14, college faculty across Ontario voted 68% in favour of taking strike action.
OPSEU and CEC were negotiating until the strike occurred on Oct. 16.
Negotiations were “on hold” during the first week of the strike at the request of the mediator who is appointed by the Ministry of Labour. Negotiations resumed Nov. 2.
It is in no one’s best interest for the government to intervene with back to work legislation; if a deal isn’t reached, a strike could happen next year, too.
College students have never lost a semester due to a faculty strike.
CSA QUICK FACTS
College Student Alliance (CSA) advocates on behalf of Ontario college students in partnership with student leaders.
The CSA membership is comprised of Ontario student associations.
Through member student associations, CSA represents the collective voice of Ontario's college students.
CSA's advocacy focuses on five pillars: affordability, accessibility, accountability, transferability, and quality.
CSA is the only provincial advocacy group focused on college students, and the organization has been advocating on behalf of Ontario's college students for over 40 years.