Ontario colleges ask striking faculty for final offer vote

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The strike is wearing down everyone concerned and this week Ontario’s colleges have called for striking faculty to vote on a final contract offer after talks to end the four-week labour disruption broke down today.

The College Employer Council, which represents the province’s 24 colleges, says it has asked Ontario’s Labour Relations Board to schedule the vote.

It has also called on the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union, representing the 12,000 college workers, to suspend the strike in the eight to 10 days it will take to organize the vote.

OPSEU bargaining chair JP Hornick says the council has walked away from the talks when only one outstanding issue — a request on academic freedom — remained unsettled.

The strike impacts 500,000 full time and part time students. – CINEWS

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