All-Party Select Committee proposed to address growing crisis in Ontario post-secondary education: OPSEU

TORONTO, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - A press conference will be held on Tuesday, April 29, regarding a proposal to form an all-party Select Committee on Ontario's post-secondary education system. The motion will be brought forward in the House on Tuesday by MPP Teresa Armstrong, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities.

               
              WHAT: Press Conference regarding proposal to form All-Party Select Committee on
Post-Secondary Education in Ontario
               
              Presenters:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU
JP Hornick, Chair, OPSEU College Faculty Division
Teresa Armstrong, MPP, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities
Anna Goldfinch, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
               
              WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 12:30 pm
               
              WHERE: Queen's Park Media Room
               

"It's time for a new vision for Ontario's post-secondary education system. An All-Party Select Committee would establish important groundwork for ensuring students receive the accessible, affordable, quality education they deserve," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

The proposal for an all-party select committee is a key recommendation of a new report by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) on the future of post-secondary education in Ontario. The Report highlights the long-term effects on the education system of chronic underfunding, privatization, under-staffing, attacks on faculty academic freedom and increased student debt.

The proposal is supported by post-secondary education unions and organizations from across the province, including OPSEU, OCUFA and CFS-Ontario.

SOURCE OPSEU

For further information:

Kevin Mackay, OPSEU College Faculty, Report author: 905-418-4843 kmackay@opseu.org
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936 evisser@opseu.org
Copies of the full report and a report summary will be available at the press conference.