Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'It's about time': Fanshawe students hoping faculty vote will end strike

'It's about time': Fanshawe students hoping faculty vote will end strike

The letter from the president comes as the 150 full-time and partial-load faculty at the college prepare to begin voting today on the latest offer made to Ontario college faculty by the College Employer Council on November 6.

Some 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians have been off the job since October 15, leaving about half a million students out of class.

On Monday, the College Employer Council accused the union of spreading misinformation about the proposed contract and launched a website to explain what is contained in the offer.

Money saved by Ontario's 24 community colleges, including St Clair in Windsor and Chatham, as a result of the current labour strike, which has seen some 12,000 faculty on the picket line, will be put into a special fund.

College students were already starting to worrying after losing a few weeks of time in the classroom.

The offer includes a 7.75 per cent salary increase over four years, improved benefits and several measures to tackle concerns regarding part-time faculty.


The union has urged its members not to vote in favour of the proposal, arguing that the offer contains problematic language around academic freedom and full-time staffing.

"We're a body of 1,000 students", Eckenswiler says.

The union has said its main point of contention has been the level of input college instructors have into the way courses are taught and evaluated, and MacKay said the colleges' attempt to address the issue is worse than if they had done nothing. "The best way for the colleges to reach a collective agreement is to negotiate, not to force a vote on an offer that has already been rejected by the faculty bargaining team".

"I'm not going to pre-empt a vote that needs to take into account the position of all of the members", Premier Kathleen Wynne said last week.

Because of this strike, Mohawk students will only have one week of Christmas holidays.

Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, has committed to personally work with the colleges and their enrolled students to develop what she called the, "parameters of the fund". "And from our perspective, it's not an either/or", she said.

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