Ontario tables legislation to end five-week college faculty strike

Algonquin College carpentry instructor Michael Nouth has to figure out how to reconfigure both his eight-week and 18-month courses now that the strike is done

The legislation requiring college teachers to return to the classroom was voted into law at Queen's Park Sunday after a torturous five-week strike by members of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU).

The government introduced the six-page page bill Friday after the college faculty overwhelmingly rejected the College Employer Council's last offer. It has, however, received the progressive conservative Party.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell said the NDP believed it was their duty to debate the legislation rather than let it pass sight unseen.

Considering it affects the rights of the workers, the NDP did not want to give his support to the act. "With the back-to-work legislation, issues like student compensation and fixing the structural and funding problems at colleges will go unresolved".

Daniel Anderson Algonquin College Professor
Ontario tables legislation to end five-week college faculty strike

Fanshawe College students rally against class cancelling faculty strike, November 10, 2017. At the Confederation College Kenora campus there was one professor affected and 88 post-secondary students.

"This bad chapter is over", she said. "They have indicated to us that they are very frustrated". Collective bargaining is protected.

Colleges are extending their semesters so students don't lose their terms, but trying to condense five missed weeks into roughly two extra ones will be very stressful, student advocates say.

About 12,000 college faculty are slated to report for work Monday with 500,000 students returning to their campuses starting Tuesday.


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