In turning down the contract, college faculty in Ontario have opted to continue their strike in an effort to return to the negotiating table to work out a new collective agreement with their employer.
Now 32 days into strike action, 86 percent of voting faculty rejected the latest offer from the College Employer Council.
“After college faculty resoundingly rejected the latest contract offer, we had hoped the employer’s side would get serious about negotiating a deal that includes fairness for contract teachers and academic freedom for all college faculty,” said David Robinson, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and affiliate of Education International (EI). “Unfortunately, the College Employer Council showed little interest in resolving these matters and saving the academic semester for nearly 500,000 students in Ontario. The blame for the Government’s decision to impost back-to-work legislation lies clearly with the Council.”
Faculty is pushing the employer to continue negotiating in hopes of saving the school year.
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