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Striking Ontario college faculty set to vote on contract offer

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Nov 14th, 2017

Students gather outside the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday November 1, 2017, as they protest against the ongoing strike by Ontario college faculty members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Voting begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday for faculty members at Ontario’s colleges who must decide whether to accept the latest contract offer or continue a strike that’s now into its fifth week.

Some 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians have been off the job since Oct. 15, leaving about half a million students out of class.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union – which represents the striking faculty – says the offer contains serious concessions that were not agreed to.

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.

Talks between the College Employer Council and the union broke down last week, with the council asking the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote on its offer.

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