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Province Proposes Legislation to End College Strike

19 November 2017

The Ontario government will introduce legislation to end the strike by academic faculty and send the unresolved dispute to an arbitrator.

"It's very distressing to see the NDP be so disrespectful of students that they won't even pass the legislation, that they're. blocking the return to classes", Matthews told reporters after Saturday's legislative session.

But the NDP blocked a government attempt to table the bill by refusing unanimous consent to allow the Liberals to do so Thursday evening after the normally scheduled time period for introducing legislation.

"Today, after college faculty overwhelmingly rejected Council's latest contract offer, we hoped real negotiations would ensue", said JP Hornick, chair of the OPSEU college faculty bargaining team.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would meet with college and union representatives to discuss how the situation can immediately be resolved.

If the deal had been accepted, it was expected that students and staff would have been back to classes either Tuesday or Wednesday. In 1992, colleges received 77 per cent of their funding from the government, according to the Canadian Federation of Students - today, the organization says, it's less than 50 per cent.

Turco says a task force could be established that will work to move more full-time faculty in the system. "This strike has gone on too long, and I look forward to our students and faculty getting back to class". "We are pleased that our bargaining unit has said they are ready to go and get back to the table with the college council".

This news comes just less than 12 hours after Council's offer was once again rejected by OPSEU and the strike was set to continue.

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"For five weeks, students were left wondering how they could afford to pay for their education".

Ms. Horwath said that in the few minutes she had to leaf through the bill after it was tabled, she noticed changes to the arbitration process that bothered her.

"The Liberals ought to be ashamed of themselves", said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, after sitting in the gallery during Friday's session at Queen's Park.

Numbers from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development show that tuition fees have increased much more over the past seven years than government funding to colleges has.

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"The fund will be used to support students who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the strike and its parameters will be developed in direct consultation with students".

"I don't care how we get back in class".

PC MPP John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) said "after five weeks and the semester's now threatened - it was something that had to be acted upon". He spoke with Matthews on Thursday to express his concern about the strike.

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Province Proposes Legislation to End College Strike