Ontario colleges support part-time employees' right to associate

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario's 24 colleges will work with the
provincial government to review the legislation governing collective
bargaining for the colleges.
    "We support the right of all college employees to associate as they see
fit," said Barbara Taylor, chair of the colleges' committee of presidents. "We
intend to work with the provincial government on this matter to develop
solutions that are in the best interests of students, staff, faculty, colleges
and our communities."
    The reaction from colleges follows the announcement today that the
province will establish a process to review the Colleges Collective Bargaining
    It is the Government of Ontario that has responsibility over the
legislation governing collective bargaining for Ontario colleges. The
government announced today that Kevin Whitaker, chair of the College Relations
Commission, will lead the province's review of the legislation and will
provide recommendations by February 2008.
    Taylor said the colleges will work with Whitaker to develop the best
solutions. At the same time, the colleges will continue to remind the Ontario
government that colleges receive the lowest per-student revenues in Canada,
and that colleges need additional resources to meet the demands of students,
employers and colleges.
    "Colleges are great places to work and great places to learn," Taylor
said. "The Ontario government must work with the colleges to ensure we are
producing greater numbers of graduates to meet the challenge of the
approaching skills shortage."

For further information:

For further information: Darrell Neufeld, Senior Communications Officer,
Colleges Ontario, (416) 596-0744, ext. 242

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