Aug 25, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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The province’s approximately 13,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians will vote September 14 whether or not to go on strike.
Their current contract expires at the end of September.
Today is the last scheduled day of negotiations before the start of the school year.
More talks are scheduled for September after classes begin.
The chair of the Colleges Academic Bargaining Team for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says there’s one thing the two sides agree on.
”It is quite clear that we have very different visions for the system,” says J.P. Hornick.  ”We have put forward a number of proposals that would further support the success of students, but management feels the system is working and nothing needs to change.”
She says for the union, wages and benefits are not to priorities this time around.
The key issue’s faculty getting input on how colleges should be run for things such as student evaluations.
”This year marks 50 years of college in Ontario and we think it’s a great time to reflect and make adjustments for the next 50 years,” Hornick added.
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