Ontario college faculty approve strike action

January 14, 2010

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union reports that faculty at 18 of 24 colleges in Ontario voted to give their bargaining team a mandate to call a strike should negotiations be unsuccessful. Overall, 57% of members who voted on Wednesday supported strike action. OPSEU and the College Compensation and Appointments Council have indicated they would like to resume talks in order to reach an agreement. Training, Colleges, and Universities Minister John Milloy is urging both parties to keep the best interests of students in mind and resume negotiations as soon as possible. OPSEU's bargaining chair says if a fair settlement is not reached, a walkout could take place as early as mid-February. OPSEU News Release | College Compensation and Appointments Council News Release | Ontario News Release | Canadian Press