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College faculty rejects contract offer

College faculty rejects contract offer

The colleges have said the offer includes a 7.75 per cent salary increase over four years, improved benefits and measures to address concerns regarding part-time faculty, with language surrounding academic freedom remaining as the only outstanding issue.

The strike by 12,800 professors, partial-load instructors, counsellors and librarians is the longest in the 50-year history of the Ontario college system.

"(We) would have loved to have welcomed our faculty back (Thursday and Friday) and got them going next week.

The offer was soundly rejected and the strike continues.

Negotiations between OPSEU and the CEC broke down on November 4, which resulted in CEC bringing the request for the final offer vote to the Labour Relations Board.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was to meet with both sides in the dispute Thursday, amid suggestions the province might order faculty back to work.

Turco said he hopes the college council recognizes the strong no vote and returns to the bargaining table to remove concessions and bargain fairly. "We are pleased that our bargaining unit has said they are ready to go and get back to the table with the college council".

The vote results were released mind-morning Thursday by the College Employer Council, which bargains on behalf of the colleges.

The forced offer vote was a one-time option allowed under the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act.

"The premier has the ability to call the legislature back, and the NDP is prepared to sit through the weekend to debate this move".

It's unclear how course work can be made up.

Jessica Rushton, a Brantford resident and Conestoga student said she could lash about the strike for days and said she doesn't feel like students matter.

Confederation College president Jim Madder said he is disappointed for the students that the offer was turned down. But most of the details depend on how long the strike lasts.

For the first weeks of the strike, Augustine-Goncaldef says she was doing assignments because she felt the strike would be over soon and now she says she has lost her motivation.

Algonquin and La Cité in Ottawa have already announced the Christmas break will be shortened and the fall term extended into January.


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