TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Full-time faculty at Ontario's 24
publicly-funded colleges could by without a collective agreement if one is not
reached by the end of day, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).
"College and college/university students across the province are keeping
their fingers crossed that both sides will be able to reach an agreement
without a province-wide strike," says Justin Fox, President of the College
Student Alliance (CSA). "Students still remember the province-wide strike that
almost cost students their year."
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College
Compensation and Appointments Council (the Council) have been bargaining since
June in the hopes of reaching a new collective agreement. The bargaining
process in the college system has not always been smooth sailing; back in 2006
after months of negotiating talks broke off and students were left out in the
cold for three weeks.
"We are optimistic that a strike can be avoided, given that OPSEU has not
held a strike vote to date," adds Fox. "We are encouraging both sides to stay
at the table as long as possible to hammer out a new agreement that works for
everyone, including students."
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1967. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 110,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.
For further information:
For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College
Student Alliance, (416) 340-1212, (416) 346-9951,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Justin Fox, President, College Student
Alliance, (519) 972-2727 ext. 4524, (519) 566-7211,