College students don't have classes today in Ontario.

A strike deadline came and went yesterday. This means Confederation College students across the district can go and study at their local campus, but there won't be any teaching. Distance education courses are also impacted.

According to the union, they filed their final offer Saturday night. It included an increase in full-time faculty, more job security for part-time faculty, along with more academic freedom.

The College Employer Council says unionized staff are asking for too much. With a strike looming, the council says wage increases, staffing ratios and workload reductions in the union's demands could add up to more than $1 billion dollars.

Below is a summary of what to expect for the duration of the strike:

  • All academic delivery has ceased at Confederation College. This includes Workforce Development/Contract Training, Continuing and Distance Education, Co-op and Work Placements, Apprenticeships, Academic Upgrading, and International, Collaborative and     Dual-Credit programming. This means that all classes have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Regional campuses and all Thunder Bay campus buildings will remain open unless otherwise notified. Reduced hours may be in effect and will be communicated in advance of any changes to operating hours
  • The SUCCI Wellness Centre – Minowaadiziiwin, Health Centre, Children and Family Centre and Follett Bookstore will remain open for the duration of the strike.
  • Sodexo (food services) will remain open in the Ryan Hall Cafeteria of the Shuniah Building at Thunder Bay’s main campus. All other locations have been closed for the duration of the strike. Reduced hours are in effect for Ryan Hall as follows:
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6:30pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Recreational programming will be offered by SUCCI, the International Education Centre and CICE.
  • SUCCI, APIWIN, the International Education Centre, Paterson Library Commons and computer labs will remain open for students.
  • The public is advised not to use Confederation College’s roadways for through traffic.
  • Those coming to campus should expect delays. Please be patient and respectful when entering the College and crossing picket lines.
  • Refer to the Picket Line Protocol for more information.

For more information:

Confederation College - Strike update page

College Employe Council - Strike update

OPSEU - Final offer

Confederation College - Frequently asked questions

Picket Line Protocol

Questions - [email protected]

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