TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - On July 14, the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) voted for a strike mandate.
"While we can't support any disruption to our members' education, we do
support the workers and their right to strike, and we thank them for
our future," said Cindy Brownlee, director of education and equity for
the Student Association of George Brown College.
According to OPSEU membership surveys, approximately 50 per cent of
members have gone through the college system.
As of September 1, support staff at George Brown College, including ASL
interpreters, library staff and early childhood educators, has walked
off, due to a collective agreement not being reached.
At a July 12 emergency board meeting, the Student Association of George
Brown College unanimously voted in favour of supporting OPSEU, should
its employees strike.
Currently, the college does not intend to close if there is a service
"If the college can't operate at 100%, we need to take a firm stance and
say, 'You can't stay open,'" Brownlee said.
SOURCE Student Association of George Brown College
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