Ontario College Teachers’ Strike Continues
CBJ — Hopes that Ontario’s striking teachers would be back on the job were dashed on Thursday morning after the votes were tallied and announced.
The striking faculty took the advice of its union — OPSEU — and rejected the colleges’ latest, and apparent final offer. About 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians walked off the job on October 15, impacting 500,000 students province-wide.
If the offer had been accepted, students and staff would have been back in class as soon as next Tuesday.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released a statement saying the strike has gone on for “far too long” and she will be meeting with both sides to try to solve the impasse. If no further progress is made, the Ontario government may have to legislate the teachers back to work.
Meanwhile a proposed class-action lawsuit over the ongoing college strike has been launched on behalf of students affected by the dispute.
The notice of action alleges the colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes and seeks full refunds for students who decide they no longer want to continue on with their programs.