College strikes this week: Colleges at three of Ottawa’s 4 boards shut Friday except deal is reached



Lecturers and training staff picket at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary faculty throughout a one-day strike by OSSTF in January. Photograph by Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia


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Ottawa’s English public and French-language faculties will face one other one-day strike this week except there’s a breakthrough in contract bargaining.

Nevertheless, there are additionally hopeful indicators as two of Ontario’s 4 training unions now engaged in contract disputes have bargaining dates scheduled this week.

A strike had been deliberate by English Catholic academics for Monday however was cancelled after the events agreed to renew negotiations that day. Which means Ottawa Catholic College Board faculties will stay open.

The union representing academics at French-language faculty boards has bargaining dates later this week and has not introduced any strikes.

Nevertheless, that received’t alter plans for a strike Friday by the Ontario Secondary College Lecturers’ Federation (OSSTF) that will have an effect on each English public and French-language faculties in Ottawa as a result of that union additionally represents help employees.

An OSSTF strike would most likely shut all faculties on the Ottawa-Carleton District College Board, as occurred in earlier strikes.

On the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, faculties in Ottawa, Carleton Place, Merrickville, Kemptville and Brockville would shut, the board has announced.

On the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, faculties in Ottawa, Kemptville and elsewhere in Jap Ontario would shut, said the board.

OSSTF has no bargaining dates scheduled, stated president Harvey Bischof on Sunday.

The training unions are ramping up the strain on the provincial authorities. They staged a provincewide walkout that closed all Ontario’s publicly-funded faculties final Friday.

They’re preventing the federal government’s imposition of bigger courses and obligatory on-line programs for top faculties college students and calling for extra help for college kids with particular wants.

Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce has stated the disputes are primarily about compensation. The unions are searching for a cost-of-living increase of round two per cent, whereas the federal government’s wage-restraint laws restricts will increase for all public servants to 1 per cent.

The president of the union representing English public elementary academics has stated he’ll announce on Monday escalating job motion that can begin Wednesday. It received’t be a walkout, as a result of that requires 5 days’ discover.

Members of the Elementary Lecturers’ Federation of Ontario are already engaged in work slowdowns that embrace not collaborating in subject journeys and extracurricular actions or totally finishing report playing cards.

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