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Algonquin College extends classes into late December as strike drags on

Students urged not to go on vacation during February break

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November 10, 2017

Algonquin College has announced this fall's semester has been extended to Dec. 22 as the province-wide faculty strike nears the end of its fourth week. (Kimberley Molina/CBC)

Algonquin College has decided to extend classes into late December as a province-wide faculty strike approaches the one-month mark.

In a letter to students, Claude Brulé, the college's senior vice-president academic, announced the current term's classes will continue until at least Dec. 22.

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Final exams, which were originally scheduled to run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 16, will be postponed to allow for the completion of the term, Brulé said.

More than 12,000 faculty members have been walking the picket line since mid-October, over issues that include job security, academic freedom, and hiring enough part-time staff to match the number of full-time positions.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has scheduled a vote next week on what college employers are calling their final contract offer. 

Spring break also at risk

Brulé also shared other strike-related details in Friday morning's letter:

The work stoppage has affected more than 500,000 students across Ontario, some of whom have called for their tuition fees to be refunded.

In his letter, Brulé said the college is still waiting for direction from Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development as to how any refund program would work.

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