Teachers at St. Clair College and faculty from several other colleges across Ontario are planning to conduct a strike vote two weeks from tomorrow — only days after classes begin for a new season.
Late last week the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a strike vote for Thursday September 6th, just two days after classes start at Ontario’s Colleges.
OPSEU, which represents more than 10,000 faculty members across Ontario, says that key issues yet to be solved include better treatment for less-than-full-load teaching staff, better considerations for workload in the light of increased online learning and the lack of influence by teachers into “how courses are delivered”.
The union hopes that scheduling a strike vote will “push management to start negotiating more seriously”.
If the strike vote returns a “yes”, OPSEU would be in a position to request a “no board” report from the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Once issued, the union must wait 17 days before a strike or lockout could occur.
Classes will begin as scheduled on September 4th and the strike vote planned for the 6th will not affect the learning process at that time.