Students frustrated by college strike


The strike affects 12,000 faculty across the province's 24 public colleges. "It is comparable to, or better than, recent public-sector settlements with teachers, college support staff, hospital professionals, and Ontario public servants - most of which were negotiated by OPSEU", said Sonia Del Missier, a spokeswoman for the council, said in a statement. The site will be updated regularly throughout the strike.

"We're picketing quite frankly for a system that is more fair", said Ravi Ramkissoonsingh, vice-president and bargaining unit member for OPSEU Local 242 that represents the more than 400 instructors and other employees who went on strike in Niagara on Monday. They are also asking for a 50 to 50 ratio of full-time to non-full-time faculty to maintain stability and improve quality for students, a voice for faculty and students in decision making through the creation of academic senates and academic freedom for faculty to maintain the quality of their courses.

"There are big differences in what is affordable", said Patterson. "The proposals that we have put on are actually reasonable and in keeping with what's happening in post-secondary".

The College Employer Council said Friday that the union demands for staffing ratios and wage increases would add more than $1 billion in costs over three years.

Asked why he stopped at the picket line, Patterson said he works with the college faculty day-in and day-out and they are important to the quality of education offered at Niagara. "It could be a bit protracted, but I understand their concerns". "We would rather be in the classroom with our students".

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Holmes said he plans to sign a petition that's been circulating, calling on the province to refund students' tuition for every day the strike goes on. "No student in an Ontario college has ever lost their year due to a strike", the college says. He was aware of the ongoing talks between the colleges and union but didn't realize they had soured.

"It's really about equal pay for equal work", he said.

Co-op work terms, field placements and clinical placements are continuing, except those that require faculty supervision.

Laura Hagarty, a third year landscape design student at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., said a two-month trip to Italy and Spain she and 18 fellow students were scheduled to take starting next week has been cancelled because of the strike.

"It's going to be very challenging", he said. Beyond that disappointment, the labour action throws the whole semester into question, she said. That, he said, impacts students whose instructors can end up working at multiple institutions to make ends meet, resulting in limited, if any, availability of out of class assistance.

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