Student sit-in planned at Canadore College

Student sit-in planned at Canadore College

OPSEU says the offer allows the colleges to continue to favour contract and non-full time employees with restriction, to avoid paying "equal pay for equal work" for contract faculty, decreasing the percentage of full-time jobs in colleges and more.

Some 12,000 Ontario college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians haven't been at work since October 15.

As the strike enters its fifth week, Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, has directed all of Ontario's 24 colleges to take the money they save saved as a result of the walkout and place it into a fund to help students who have been affected financially.

The faculty will be voting this week on the College Employer Council's latest offer. Organizers say they will wait till 12 pm for people to arrive then the students will all walk upstairs to line the halls by the administration office on the third floor in C wing.

"We're a body of 1,000 students", Eckenswiler says.

Huckla, however, said Niagara College administrators seem to be listening to the concerns related by the student union, while also keeping them informed about the process going on.

"Anything that will help students get through this hard time is more than welcome, and we thank the minister for moving ahead with it", says Hornick in a statement.

OPSEU members are set to vote over the next three days on the final offer put forward by the Colleges before talks stalled last week.

"I will work with students and colleges starting immediately to develop the parameters of the fund", says Matthews.

"The union is telling you that this is a different offer than what we worked on with the union - one with concessions, one that will harm faculty".

Highlights include a 7.75 per cent salary hike over four years to a maximum of $115,378, improved benefits, improvements for contract teachers, and support for a "government-led task force on the future of Ontario colleges, including staffing models and precarious work".

The union has urged faculty to vote no on this offer.