Students and Supporters – 86% Faculty Vote to REJECT Offer

| 16/11/2017

Dear students and supporters –

Thousands of college faculty from across the province have voted to reject the College Employer Council’s latest offer, which would have damaged academic quality and staffing at Ontario’s colleges. As a result, unionized faculty members remain on strike at all Ontario public colleges, including at Seneca.

I know that a continuation of this current strike is not what you want to hear: you want to be back in the classroom. We want to be there with you too.

I am disappointed that the College Employer Council (CEC) waited so long to force this vote, which has unnecessarily prolonged the strike. The College Employer Council, which represents management at all public colleges in Ontario, could have forced this vote before the strike even began.

I believe that faculty rejected this latest offer because it failed to address the democratically-chosen demands that faculty specified to improve your classroom experience and preserve full-time jobs.

We hope that the CEC will now return to the bargaining table, which is what the OPSEU faculty bargaining team has been asking for all along.  I am confident that a resolution can be reached, and reached quickly, if the CEC is pressured by you and by the Ontario government to bargain fairly and achieve a resolution that works for faculty, students, and management.

I hope to share news of that progress shortly.

President Jonathan Singer,
OPSEU Local 560

Representing Full-Time and Partial-Load Professors, Librarians, and Counsellors at Seneca College

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Category: Bargaining, Negotiations, Strike

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