TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Earlier this morning college students
across Ontario were informed that the Ontario Public Service Employees
Union (OPSEU) and the College Employers Council (the Council) will come
back to the bargaining table, in hopes of coming to a negotiated
settlement. College students have been without adequate support
services for more than two weeks.
"Students are happy to see both parties coming back to the table, but
urge OPSEU and the Council to come to an agreement," says Brian
Costantini, President of the College Student Alliance (CSA). "Some
students cannot afford another week without gaining access to specific
support services - their semesters are now in jeopardy."
Students in programs such as Police Foundations, Fire Fighting, and
Aviation require specific services outside the classroom - which are
provided by the support staff - in order to fulfill the requirements of
the program. By not receiving these services they face the reality
that they may not graduate.
"Student associations and college administration have done an
outstanding job meeting the needs of college students, but it is not
fair to the students to continue this strike," replies Costantini. "It
is time for both parties to be reasonable and cooperative in order to
come to an agreement, and walk away pleased with the negotiated
The College Student Alliance is hopeful that a negotiated settlement can
be reached in the immediate future, and students can come back to
school with access to all support services.
The College Student Alliance is an advocacy organization, which has been
proudly serving Ontario's college and college-university students since
1975. The CSA currently represents 15 colleges and 23 member councils
with over 130,000 full-time student members throughout the province.
SOURCE College Student Alliance
For further information:
President College Student Alliance
T: (905) 641-2252 ext. 4226
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance