SA supports OPSEU workers, students

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 disruption.

"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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The Student Association (SA) of George Brown College is the college's official student union. It is committed to supporting students in the struggle for student rights, the pursuit of quality education and the provision of services in a safe, accessible and equitable environment. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Eileen Stephens, Publications and Communications Coordinator: 416.415.5000x6386,

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