The union representing faculty at Ontario’s public colleges says members have voted in favour of giving its bargaining team a strike mandate amid ongoing contract talks.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) said in a statement Thursday evening that 68 per cent of OPSEU-represented members endorsed the “ability to call a strike if the College Employer Council refuses to budge on key issues.”
Union officials said bargaining has been going on for 10 weeks and a strike or lockout deadline hasn’t been set yet.
OPSEU said key issues have included faculty involvement in “academic decision-making” and “fair treatment” for contract workers.
The collective agreement for approximately 12,000 faculty members expires on Sept. 30.
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