Day 2 of College Teachers Stike

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:31
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It doesn't appear the province has plans to intervene any time soon in the strike by faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges.

More than 500,000 students have been left without classes after professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians walked off the job late Sunday after their union and the College Employer Council failed to reach a deal before a strike deadline.

No new talks have been scheduled and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews says it's very important that the two sides get back to the table and find a resolution to get students back in the classroom.

She adds she hopes the dispute is settled soon but says the province has to give the collective bargaining process space to work.

An online student petition seeking a tuition rebate for Ontario college classes cancelled due to a faculty strike had nearly 59-thousand signatures by last night.

The petition on change-dot-org and a Twitter campaign with the hashtag “wepaytolearn” was created by Greg Kung, a paramedic student at Humber College, along with fellow student Amir Allana.

Kung says clinical placements that are part of their courses are on hold until the strike is resolved and he and others are worried about what a protracted dispute will do to those “hands-on” learning opportunities.

The petition calls for all students to be reimbursed a portion of their tuition for every day instructors are out on strike -- 30-dollars per day for each full-time student and 20-dollars for each part-time student.

(The Canadian Press/680News)

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