Seneca College faculty will rally with labour leaders as strike continues
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:43AM EDT Last Updated Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:08AM EDT
Striking faculty at Seneca College will march alongside labour leaders on Thursday afternoon as the work stoppage at Ontario colleges enters its fourth day.
The rally, which is being organized by OPSEU Local 560, will take place between noon and 2 p.m. at the corner of Pond Road and Ian MacDonald Blvd. on the campus of York University.
“The message is that we are currently on strike to make some changes that the Ontario college system needs in order to ensure academic quality and fairness,” OPSEU Local 560 President Jonathan Singer told CP24 on Thursday morning. “This is the 50th anniversary of our system. We are trying to make the changes that the system needs to prosper and thrive for the next 50 years.”
Faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges walked off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Monday after contract negotiations broke off.
Negotiations have not resumed since the strike began and it remains unclear when the two sides might return to the table.
In the meantime, classes have been cancelled at all 24 Ontario colleges.
“So far management has refused to even entertain the demands that faculty has placed as primary and frankly essential to the continued quality of the education that we can provide,” Singer told CP24.
The union has said that it wants a 50/50 ratio between full-time faculty and contract faculty, increased job security, and more say in academic decision-making.
The chair of the College Employer Council, meanwhile, has called those demands “unaffordable” and has suggested that they will cost the college system an additional $250 million annually.