As the Ontario College strike crawls into its fifth week, an end may be in sight. 

Confederation College President Jim Madder has sent an open letter to all full-time and part-time faculty. In the letter, Madder noted that the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, or OPSEU, has confirmed to college faculty that ‘major issues’ in bargaining had been resolved.

Madder cited issues around precarious work and staff complement were solved, and the only sticking point left to resolve is academic freedom. Faculty have been pushing for more say into how their classroom is ran and how the curriculum is delivered.

A new offer from College management has been released. A vote to accept the offer would end the strike.

The strike has cancelled classes across the province. In the district, Confederation College says they have about 200 students registered, along with 55 to 65 staff, but only three of those staff would be members of the striking union.

Roughly 500,000 full-time and part-time students have been affected by the strike across Ontario. Talks between the two sides resumed on November 2. Before that, negotiations stalled on October 15.

No college students have ever lost their year in Ontario due to a strike.

For more information:
Jim Madder – Open Letter
Management Offer for Settlement
‘Lives are at stake’, NDP
Colleges propose strike resolution
Strike settlement talks resume
College students stay patient
Colleges on strike
Strike deadline looms
Potential strike at Confederation College

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