Union calling for Ontario college strike vote next month

A potential labour disruption could be greeting college students next month.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), on behalf of faculty at Ontario public colleges, has asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a strike vote for the second week of September which coincides with the start of the fall term.

“We are asking members for a strong ‘YES’ vote to help the team push for the best deal possible,”said JP Hornick, the head of the union’s bargaining team, adding their first option is to reach a settlement.

The collective agreement with college faculty is set to expire on September 30.

OPSEU president Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas said he’s disappointed so far with management’s refusal to engage in some of the ideas put forward to improve Ontario’s college system.

“College faculty are committed to providing high-quality education for the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on Ontario colleges to prepare them for the rest of their lives,” said Thomas. “It’s time for management to listen to their expertise on how best to do that.”