Georgian College Part Of Province-wide Strike

Breaking news: Teachers to hit picket line at St. Clair College

"This leaves us with no choice but to withdraw our services until such time as our employer is ready to negotiate seriously", she said in the release.

Accepting the union's demands would add more than $250 million to annual costs, the statement said, eliminating thousands of contract faculty jobs and "jeopardizing the quality of college programs".

The faculty represented by the OPSEU have been in talks to strike if their contracts aren't amended to include benefits such as higher wages and staffing changes.

The issue at hand is the lack of secure employment offered by Ontario colleges, which heavily utilize contact teaching staff - faculty members who are paid less than full-time permanent staff members and have no job security.

At this time, George Brown, Seneca College, and Humber College, have all announced that they will be cancelling all classes until further notice.

Both sides have said their final offers are on the table.

The strike involves professors, instructors, librarians, and counsellors, and affects about 500,000 students. Georgian College has 11,000 full-time domestic students and 1,500 global students.

The fastest way to resolve the strike, it said, is for the union to accept the colleges' final offer or put the offer to members for a vote.

The strike deadline for St. Clair and the province's 24 other colleges was 12:01 a.m. Monday.

It includes a 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty, which now sits at more than 70% contract faculty; increased job security for partial-load faculty, who now work on one-semester contracts; and academic freedom to give faculty a stronger voice in academic decision-making. But the college will remain open with facilities including the computer lab, library, food services and athletic centre in full operation. An additional 368 faculty members teach on a part-time basis and are not members of the faculty union.

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