College students now looking for a quick resolution

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 settlement.

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:

Brian Costantini
President College Student Alliance
T: (905) 641-2252 ext. 4226
E: president@collegestudentalliance.ca

Jim Robeson
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance
T: 416-340-1212
E: advocacy@collegestudentalliance.ca

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