The college strike across Ontario could be coming to an end.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development made the announcement in Legislature that the two sides in the strike are headed back to the bargaining table, per the request of a provincially-hired mediator. Matthews noted that their goal is to get students back into class as soon as possible.
Talks are expected to resume today. The colleges’ bargaining team say that they believe a settlement can be reached quickly, and classes could resume by early next week.
There have been no talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the College Employer Council since October 15, when 12,000 college instructors, counsellors and librarians walked off the job. The union representing academic staff across the province are looking for more job protection, more full-time positions and they'd like more say in how the colleges are run. The colleges say the demands would cost too much, and their last offer to the union was reasonable.
Classes have been cancelled at 24 colleges across the province. Roughly 500,000 full-time and part-time students have been affected by the strike.
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