Striking Ontario college faculty member came out in numbers for a mass picket outside of Humber College in Toronto on Wednesday to air their concerns over their employers’ latest contract offer.
“We feel we were close to an agreement, a negotiated agreement which is the right approach on Monday, and the college council decided to try to force a vote rather than to continue to negotiate and reach a settlement that would get the students back in the classroom in a much more speedy manner,” VP of the Humber College faculty union Stacey Merritt told Global News.
Talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union — which represents the striking workers — and the College Employer Council broke down Monday.
The union said on Tuesday the colleges came back to the union Monday night with changes to the offer that they say “undermine” contract faculty and create “unlimited overtime,” among other measures they would not accept.
The council asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote on their offer.
Sonia Del Missier, who chairs the colleges’ bargaining team, says the board has ordered the faculty vote to be held from November 14th
The union is calling for its members to reject the offer.
The strike, which involves college professors, instructors, counselors, and librarians, began Oct. 15 and has left 500,000 full-time and part-time students out of class.
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—With files from The Canadian Press