Ontario College Strike Continues As Faculty Unanimously Votes "No" To Offer

Ontario College Strike Continues As Faculty Unanimously Votes

Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Smokey Thomas tells CTV News 95% of faculty turned up for the vote, and 86% rejected the offer.

"Students have been in the middle of this strike for too long and it's not fair", she said in a statement earlier Thursday.

"We will not have the opportunity to learn everything we should be taught", she said. "We want the education we paid for", Afonso said.

Sheridan College students in Mississauga and Brampton will not be going back to class anytime soon after striking faculty rejected the latest offer from college administrators.

The College Employer Council brought its final offer to a vote after they approached the Labour Relations Board of Ontario, who brought forth the offer to the striking OPSEU faculty.

"We're exhausted of waiting but they have to get a fair deal".

We will have more details as they become available. "We need to get them back to the classroom".

Forced votes require a 50-per-cent plus one margin for the offer to be approved.

"I believed it was a good offer and has been a good offer".

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After it was rejected, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would meet with college and union representatives Thursday afternoon "to discuss how we can resolve this situation immediately and get students back to class where they belong".

Lavoie said she was also anxious about how her course material can be condensed to finish the semester.

"It's more hard every week".

"Well, I'm happy", said La Cite social work student Stephanie Lavoie.

"For some programs, it's going to be really hard to get all the contact teaching hours in because there's a certain amount of defined time that has to occur".

About 500,000 Ontario students are wondering if their semesters will be lost. "At a time when we were only a few steps away from getting a deal, they overplayed their hand and robbed students of two weeks of their education".

"Given the length of the strike, we've advised students that the holiday break will run from the end of the day December 22, 2017 up to and including Wednesday". I don't think I can hold up with it now.

Despite multiple attempts by Dougall Media, local union officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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