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Ontario government passes legislation ending five-week college strike

20 November 2017

The legislation was initially introduced Thursday evening after 86 per cent of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) faculty voted to reject the College Employer Council's (CEC) Nov. 6 offer. The legislation was debated between the New Democratic Party, Liberal and Conservative parties through special weekend sittings and eventually passed on Sunday. "With the back-to-work legislation, issues like student compensation and fixing the structural and funding problems at colleges will go unresolved".

The labour dispute has shuttered Ontario's 24 colleges - including Brockville's St. Lawrence College campus - since October 15 and has kept 900 local students out of class.

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Administration at St. Clair College have outlined their plans to accommodate students for the five weeks of time they've lost this semester, after a province-wide strike. In their final years, students pay tuition to Ryerson but still have professors from their original colleges, for some of their classes.

Students may have had to extend rental leases or cancel holiday plans.

The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing (DCSN) updated the strike information webpage today writing they are "hoping" to have students back in class by November 21.

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Information concerning the student support fund announced by Queen's Park will also be provided in the days ahead, the college says.

"In a joint meeting this afternoon with the Premier and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews, it became clear that, of the three parties in the room, only two were concerned with saving the semester for hundreds of thousands of students", said Hornick in a statement November 16 after the vote rejected the proposed contract.

About 12,000 college faculty are slated to report for work Monday with 500,000 students returning to their campuses starting Tuesday.

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Ontario government passes legislation ending five-week college strike