Offer rejected, college strike continues at Sheridan College's Mississauga and Brampton campuses

College students seeking strike damages

The offer was rejected by 86 per cent of the exceptionally high turnout of 95 per cent of the membership, reports indicate.

"What I can say is we're extremely disappointed by the result as we wanted classes to resume early next week".

Being in a college and university-based program has its perks, but when it comes to this strike, we students are definitely getting the short end of the stick.

The results were revealed on Thursday after the College Employer Council (CEC), which bargains on behalf of the colleges, tabled their final offer last week.

I am not the most knowledgeable student when it comes to strikes.

On the Fanshawe College picket line, on the first day of a two-day vote on the colleges' final offer, faculty gave a resounding rejection to the deal.

"The college bargaining team will be in touch with the provincially appointed mediator to seek his direction to the parties".

About 500,000 college students have been out of class for more than a month, now the longest strike action on record by Ontario's 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians in Ontario.




Students anxious to get back to school will have to wait longer for classes to commence. "They have to focus on students".

Faculty were also seeking academic freedom, which one official from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union called the "core - it is the crux - around our issue of quality education".

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the government would table back-to-work legislation in Ontario's legislature today, in hope of returning students to class on Monday.

He said staff all want to be back in the classroom doing "what we do best", but that members felt some of the concerns still aren't being met.

The strike is threatening to go into a sixth week, putting the semester in jeopardy for 14,000 full-time students, plus 32,000 part-timers, on local Conestoga campuses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Stratford, Guelph, Ingersoll and Stratford.

Meanwhile, students have filed a class action lawsuit alleging the colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.

"As matters stand, students may lose an entire semester without being refunded their tuition and fees, or students may be required to repeat courses or take extended programs into the new year", reads information posted online.

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