What some Fanshawe College students think about a possible faculty strike
Students could be hit with an impromptu vacation if faculty walk off the job Monday
The union that represents Ontario's college faculty said it set a strike deadline for 12:01 a.m. on Monday after the College Employer Council walked away from the bargaining table.
Here's how the strike might affect five Fanshawe students.
Shane Alderdice, Television and Film Production
"I can't blame the teachers, because a lot of teachers don't want the strike. I can't blame the union because from what I understand what they're asking isn't completely unreasonable. But I don't want my school year and education really messed up over this. I paid money to be here, and I shouldn't have to pay more or stay longer because some people can't figure out how to communicate and work out a deal."
Connery Stark, Accounting
"It's pretty worrying. It's too late to get a refund for the term, so I'm wondering if they'll continue the program [...] If classes are cancelled, I guess I'm going to have to see if I can get a refund for the semester."
Eric DeCastro, Construction Project Management
"My program is very accelerated and our professors keep on saying that we don't have enough time to cover everything on that course. So I am concerned that if this strike happens then it might even delay some of our schedules."
Jessie Favret, Music Industry Arts
"The program that I'm in is really competitive, so not having the teachers there would be really hard to do with my program. I think it would be really hard on a lot of the students to catch up or if there's new teachers or whatever it would be really hard for them. It would be really hard for me in my program because it's a lot of hands-on stuff."
Kelton Americano, Developmental Services Worker
"It's a little concerning. I have been out of school for about six years now, so coming back to school for the first year and being presented with that strike does definitely add a little bit of nerves to the situation. I am not really good with doing work on my own. I prefer to come into school, so having to follow through with assignments online I'm a little concerned about getting a little bit behind and potentially missing work."