Voting on a contract begins today (Tuesday) and runs through Thursday for faculty members at Ontario’s colleges, including Canadore.

The faculty strike is into it’s fifth week.

The council representing the 24 colleges says if the contract offer is accepted, students could be back in the classroom as early as next Tuesday.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents the striking faculty, says the dispute is the longest strike in the colleges’ history.

The colleges have said the latest offer includes a 7.75 per cent raise over four years, improved benefits, and measures to address concerns regarding part-time faculty.

But the union says the offer contains “serious concessions” that were not agreed to, and which would erode faculty rights and contribute to an unsustainable staffing model.

Meantime, students across Ontario, including those at Canadore, will be holding a demonstration at noon on Thursday.

It’s called #asstoclass.

They’re looking to fill every college hall and classroom at that time.


With files from The Canadian Press
(File photo)

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