Nov 16, 2017

By Christine Ross

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It’s a tense-filled morning as close to 500 thousand Ontario college students wait to see if they’ll return to the classroom next week. The results of a vote that could end Ontario’s five-week-old college faculty strike are expected today. College faculty have been voting online and by phone since Tuesday on the final offer from Ontario’s 24 colleges. Voting ends at 10 Thursday morning and the results will be made public once the College Employer Council, and O-PSEU, the union representing the 12,000 review the results. The union has recommended its members reject the offer. Talks between the colleges and the union broke down on Nov. 4 prompting a request for the final offer vote. Students have been out of class since the strike began in mid-October. If the deal is accepted, students could be back in class by Tuesday.

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