'All teaching is suspended:' St. Clair, Lambton join Ontario college faculty strike
No classes until dispute is settled says John Fairley from St. Clair College
Faculty at St. Clair, Lambton and 22 other Ontario colleges have gone on strike as part of a walkout that will affect more than half a million students.
The Ontario Public Services Employees Union said the two sides could not resolve their differences ahead of the midnight deadline.
There's no indication yet when talks might resume.
321 staff members of <a href="https://twitter.com/StClairCollege?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StClairCollege</a> hit the picket line at 6:30 a.m. The strike at colleges across Ontario affects more than 500K students. <a href="https://t.co/HeJJ8UnWSE">pic.twitter.com/HeJJ8UnWSE</a>—@DanTaekema
There will be no classes at St. Clair College until the dispute is settled and 321 staff members in Windsor and Chatham are back at work, according to spokesperson John Fairley.
"All teaching is suspended, so it's not like there are going to be part-time people coming in, teaching classes or doing exams," he explained. "If you're a student, you can still come to the college, and there's computer labs. Our varsity areas in both Chatham and Windsor, Healthplex and Sportsplex are open."
Cars are starting to stack up - 'All teaching is suspended:' St. Clair, Lambton join Ontario college faculty strike <a href="https://t.co/Ue6Zot8iy9">https://t.co/Ue6Zot8iy9</a> <a href="https://t.co/0ThxNSBbKo">pic.twitter.com/0ThxNSBbKo</a>—@DanTaekema
Bernie Nawrocki, head of OPSEU Local 138 at St. Clair College, said the union was seeking greater academic freedom for faculty members and better conditions for part-time staff. The ratio of part-time to full-time faculty is about 70/30 and the union would like it to be 50/50, said Nawrocki.
The College Employer Council called the strike completely unnecessary. It said the union's demands would have added $250 million in annual costs.
Fairley added that during the strike the school's library and food services will remain open.
Community events at the Centre of the Arts downtown will also be unaffected, but picket lines could cause traffic issues around college entrances.
Bernie Nawrocki is the <a href="https://twitter.com/OPSEU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OPSEU</a> Local 138 president <a href="https://twitter.com/StClairCollege?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StClairCollege</a>. Here’s why they’re on strike. <a href="https://t.co/P6eMgUqlUF">pic.twitter.com/P6eMgUqlUF</a>—@DanTaekema
Faculty at St. Clair College will be on strike as of 12:01 a.m. Monday October 16th 2017. Please check stclaircollege.ca for more info.—@StClairCollege